Match Data 2010/2011
Havant & Waterlooville 0
Paul Hinshelwood (Selley, 43)
Ellis Martin (Williams, 86)
Joe Keehan (Sole, 70)
Simon Quirke (Screen, 71)
Doug Rowe (Asasah, 59)
The Hawks were humbled by Wessex League Premier table toppers Winchester City at Westleigh Park tonight as they crashed out of the Hampshire Senior Cup to a single goal.
City closed the three division gap between the sides with a solid defensive display that saw them bide their time, while the full strength Hawks struggled to dominate until it was too late.
City Captain Leigh Mills claimed the only goal of the game, twisting a header into the side of the goal when a long corner was put back into the middle of the box in the 79th minute.
Shaun Gale made three changes to the side that beat Chelmsford on Saturday, bringing Nathan Ashmore into goal and Ellis Martin and Steve Ramsey into midfield.
In an opening that saw the Hawks apply more pressure than their guests, Ramsey swung in a deep cross from the right for Mustafa Tiryaki to connect with a header that popped over the bar. Afforded plenty of space in the opening stages, the Hawks displayed some fluid quick passing and Joe Keehan escaped on the left to turn back a narrow angle shot that went high.
Back behind the ball to defend when necessary, it wasn’t until the 26th minute that City carved out a chance when Michael Dixon broke on the left and under pressure from Sam Pearce fired a shot straight at Nathan Ashmore from 18 yards.
Keehan replied with a low drive on target that spilled out of Rory Anderson’s hands as the keeper got down to block on the line.
Clawing their way into the game, Winchester’s frustrations at being denied in the final third showed when Usmain Adeniji unleashed a furious drive from 30 yards that dipped too late and sailed low over the bar.
But City’s patience was beginning to pay off as the side confounded the Hawks at every turn.
Jake Newton slipped the ball through to Wes Fogden, who crossed dangerously from the right only to see the ball cut out by a sliding clearance from Mills.
Before half time Jon McDonald shrugged off the chance to put the Hawks ahead when he was left free to connect with a corner from Martin, but misdirected his attempt over the bar.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Winchester City 0
The Hawks could have killed the game off at the start of the second half as chances came thick and fast.
Tiryaki was given the ball eight yards out by a perfect cross from Martin, but he put his shot the wrong side of the post. Keehan then fired wide on the other side after Fogden ran the ball to the line and dragged it back.
Tiryaki then slotted McDonald’s looping ball forward through to Keehan, but the Rushden and Diamonds loan signing couldn’t muscle it home.
Ian Selley picked out Tiryaki perfectly for a twisting header that dropped the ball just wide of the post, and the striker followed seconds later with a point blank shot blocked by Anderson.
Pinned back, City remained strong in defence and weathered the storm calmly.
Keehan worked the ball in well and Tiryaki’s dummy left him free to shoot, only for Opi Aromone to block the ball.
The visitors looked to hit the Hawks on the break when they could, and gave a warning of their potential when Adeniji got almost to the line and curled a shot in that slammed into the post.
City’s breakthrough came ten minutes from time as the side grew in confidence. Having earned a corner, the ball was left undefended on the far side of the box and put back in for MILLS to chance a header that twisted perfectly inside the post.
The goal was a just reward for City’s tenacity and the manner in which they had contained a side three divisions their senior. The Hawks meanwhile became more frantic as they tried to salvage the tie.
Sam Pearce sent another corner from Martin wide with a header, and Anderson dived to block a header from late substitute Guiseppe Sole on the line.
Ashmore’s hurried clearance bent perfectly to stay in, and dropped in front of Manny Williams, whose fresh legs ran the ball forward for a cross that picked out Tiryaki in acres of space. His header however succeeded only in hitting the bar.
At the death, Fogden saw one final chance to force the game into extra time, but his volley smashed into Pearce in the box.