Bristol Manor Farm have earned themselves a place in the final of the Steve Hillier Memorial Cup, after defeating Hallen AFC 3-1 at The Creek.
It only took Owen Howe six minutes to open the scoring against Avonmouth at the weekend, and tonight the in-form striker made it twice in a week when he smashed the ball from 20-yards to put the Farm 1-0 in the sixth minute. It was a delightful finish from Howe who has now scored three in his first two matches back at the club.
One nearly became two just moments later. Kyle Tooze showed his skill down the left flank and played a cutting-edge ball to the back post – but miraculously Howe couldn’t steer his effort on target.
Farm were then made to pay for the missed chances as Hallen found themselves a way back into the match. Mason Winter was adjudged to have fouled his man at the back post and Kyle Thomas converted his penalty.
Ben John was on hand to make a fine save to keep Hallen from going ahead before a superb defensive tackle from Jack Mills stopped Aron Robbins from tapping into an open net.
Farm would repeat their first-round trick by scoring in the dying seconds of the first-half. Winter floated in a delicious cross that skipper Steve Kingdon crashed in at the back post.
A very cagey beginning to the second-half led to very few chances, before substitute Dawid Regula squandered an opportunity following a spillage from the Hallen keeper.
It was Regula who had the next big chance, just missing a firmer connection at the back post with the goal at his mercy.
Farm kept coming as the clock ticked by, Mike Bryant lashing just over the bar after a neat move and cut back.
Despite Hallen’s best efforts to find themselves a way back into the match, Manor Farm put them to the sword on 83 minutes when Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist buried his shot to make it 3-1.
Day once again involved as he left three defenders in his wake before laying to Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist who chopped inside and smashed the ball into the Hallen net.
Manor Farm would eventually see the result out, and they can now look forward to the Steve Hillier Memorial Cup Final this Saturday. Shirehampton face Roman Glass at The Creek on Wednesday night, with the winner matching up against the Farm.
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