AFCW 3 Continental Star 2

AFC Wulfrunians recorded a 3-2 victory over Continental Star in a game where neither side was particularly outstanding; the turning point in the game came when Star’s captain, Joshua O’Garro, was sent off early in the second half.

 

Continental took an early lead when a ball from Tony Green caused confusion at the heart of the Wulfs defence and Simeon Courbourne was able to break clear and place his shot past Danny Tipton.

 

It took just seven minutes for a Wulfs reply, Ash Burd’s long ball was headed out to the edge of the area, where Andy Thompson was waiting to curl the ball past the unmoved Gavin Ellis.

 

AFC gained a huge advantage two minutes into the second half; Thompson was brought down when he was through on goal by O’Garro- who was subsequently given his marching orders.

 

In the ensuing minutes, Wulfrunians had plenty of nearly moments- David Howells had two efforts well saved- but it looked like they would be unable to find a way past the now-compact defence.

 

Thompson finally gave Wulfs the lead 13 minutes into the second half when he completed his brace; it was again Howells whose strike at goal was saved, but the ball fell straight to Thompson who smashed it into the roof of the net.

 

Thompson would have completed his hat-trick nine minutes later had it not been for a horrendous miss. Craig Gregg played the ball across the box to him but he fired a long way over when under no pressure and with plenty of space.

 

It looked as if Thompson’s miss would be costly when Courbourne added his own second after 70 minutes. He took the ball past two defenders before putting the ball past Tipton.

 

It was Jake Sedgemore who won the game for Wulfs with a penalty with 12 minutes remaining. Jake Webb was too quick for Continental’s defence and was brought down in the area to give Sedgemore the chance to convert from the spot. He left the ‘keeper with no chance when he placed the ball into the bottom-right corner.

 

Star had the chance to equalise in the dying embers of the game, Courbourne was again the instigator. This time he took the ball through the Wulfs defence before Tipton saved well with his feet to deny him the match ball.

 

AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Perks, Burd (Sedgemore 51), Palmer, Skedgel, Asbury, Webb, Rose-Laing, Gregg, Thompson (Piggott 79), Howells (Robertson 75).

 

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