Leicester Nirvana 4 AFCW 1 (FA Vase)

AFC Wulfrunians crashed out of the FA Vase after a 4-1 defeat away at Leicester Nirvana in a first round replay. Jake Webb’s goal at the start of the second half proved a mere consolation as the home side caused all sorts of problems on the break.


Another windy day saw Wulfs defending with the wind in their face in the first half but were first to threaten goal when Jumaane Meggoe stabbed a ball through to Nicky Turton but he shot straight at the keeper from a good position.


Nirvana’s first sight of goal came when Jahdahn Harper’s quick thinking from a free kick put Jordan Nelson clear but his shot from an angle was well saved by John Bateman before Jake Sedgemore completed the clearance.


Harper was then the hero at the other end as he denied Turton with a last ditch tackle after the striker had been sent clear.


At the other end Nelson benefitted from a defensive misjudgment to bear down on goal and lob the keeper but his effort went wide of the post.


Nirvana opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when Shaq Masters’ free kick from wide on the left caught the wind and eluded everyone to nestle in the far corner of the net.


If that goal was fortuitous, their second goal on the stroke of half time was even more so. John Bateman ‘s attempted clearance was blocked by Celson Patrocinio and fell to Nelson, in an offside position, but the linesman ruled the ball had gone backwards off the keeper and the striker made the most of his good fortune to double the advantage.


Wulfs came out firing at the start of the second half and pulled a goal back just seven minutes in when Webb exchanged passes with Turton before firing home.


The scores were almost level two minutes later when Webb sent Meggoe clear but his shot came back off the inside of the post before being cleared.


This miss was to prove vital as Nirvana began to cause problems on the break. Billy Stubbs twice went close to extending the lead, first forcing Bateman into a great save with a fierce shot and then seeing his header touched on to the post.


The third goal did come in the 66th minute and was the result of a fast breakaway led by Will Gonga. He freed Masters on the left and his low ball across goal was converted at the far post by Patrocinio.


Three minutes later it was 4-1 with Nelson grabbing his second goal with a superb strike from just outside the area.


These goals deflated Wulfs and Nirvana cruised to the final whistle and should have extended their lead but Gurdeep Mudhar was denied by Bateman when clean through on goal.


FINAL SCORE: Leicester Nirvana 4 AFC Wulfrunians 1.