Milton United 3 Stone Dominoes 4
Saturday 14th November 2015
An Ash Cooper brace helped Stone Dominoes book their place in the semi-finals of the Presidents Trophy with a 4-3 victory at Milton United.
Cooper’s first half double along with a Matt Barlow header had given Dominoes a 3-0 half time lead. The home side had responded through Tom Lally immediately after the break but a first goal of the season for Jake Hughes had restored the three-goal cushion. A Delroy Fox strike had given Milton hope again, but it was too late when they found a third – Scott Bew reducing the deficit with the last kick of the game.
Joint manager Kyle Adams was thrilled to come away with a victory over tough opponents.
Dominoes started the game brightly and were almost ahead in the opening two minutes when, from long goal kick, the home defence failed to deal with the bounce of the ball on the wet surface, although Ash Cooper could not quite reach the ball as it raced through to the goalkeeper.
A few minutes later and it was the hosts who went close to breaking the deadlock as Nasser Mansour got free of the Dominoes defence but, unable to get his shot away in time, saw Ryan Parkes recover to deflect the effort away for a corner.
The visitors went ahead in the 15th minute when some neat play in the middle of the park resulted in Jake Hughes threading the ball through the Milton defence for Cooper to slide the ball underneath the advancing goalkeeper. Five minutes later the lead was doubled, as fullback Parkes got forward on the left to produce a brilliant first time cross for Matt Barlow to stoop at the far post and head in.
Cooper doubled his tally just after the half hour mark when a corner was only half cleared, the Stone forward striking the ball sweetly from just outside the box, his effort taking a slight nick off an opposition defender before flashing past the goalkeeper into the roof of the net.
The away side might have gone into the interval with an even bigger lead when Cooper’s through ball released Barlow, but his effort was well saved.
It took just 25 seconds of the second half for the hosts to find a way back into the game. Firstly Endon Adams, and then Ben Roberts, failed to clear their lines effectively and Tom Lally drilled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to reduce the deficit.
Dominoes twice went close to increasing the lead on the hour mark as Jake Hughes’ volley at the back post was superbly saved, before the Milton goalkeeper was again called into action to deny Joss Myatt.
A minute later and the three goal lead was restored when Hughes received the ball on the edge of box and caressed the ball beautifully with a curling effort into the bottom corner to open his account for the club.
With fifteen minutes remaining the lead was cut once more as Delroy Fox twisted and turned on the edge of the area before curling a left-footed effort into the far corner past Craig Bould. Fox had the chance for his second a minute later but could only shoot straight at Bould from a free kick.
The game was nearly wrapped up with seven minutes left on the clock when Barlow crossed well from the right but Myatt could only head wide of the post. The home side continued to press and got their reward when Scott Bew’s long range effort crashed against the post and found it’s way into the net to make it 4-3.
Bew’s effort though was the last of the action as the referee signalled full time from the resulting kick off, Dominoes edging an entertaining game to set up a semi-final clash with either Foley or Abbey Hulton United Reserves.
GOALS: Cooper 15, 34, Barlow 20, Hughes 61 (Stone Dominoes); Lally, 46, Fox 73, Bew 90+3 (Milton United)