Mangotsfield United withstand Manor Farm fightback in stunning contest
On Monday evening, the U18’s travelled to Cossham Street to take on David Hockaday’s Mangotsfield United in what proved to be an extraordinary tie.
Keen to dictate the pace of the game, Hockaday’s side quickly looked to establish themselves on the front foot, with a well drilled Manor Farm seeking to counter.
In the 17th minute, a well-timed overlapping run from the Mangotsfield fullback breached the Manor Farm back line, but the resulting shot was well blocked by Captain, Stenner. Further pressure led to a flurry of corners for Mangotsfield, but to their credit, Manor Farm remained compact to neutralise the threat.
In the 38th minute, having intercepted a rare loose ball played by the Mangotsfield midfield, dangerous Manor Farm Number 10, Thomas, drove past the oncoming runner, before ripping the ball through to the advancing Tierney, who tested the Mangotsfield goalkeeper.
On the stroke of half-time, a great move by Mangotsfield led to the ball being hurtled across the face of goal and into the path of the oncoming runner, who smashed the ball past goalkeeper, Russell. 1-0 Mangotsfield at the break.
The next 20 minutes to follow was breathtaking. In top gear and refusing to wilt, Manor Farm attacked Mangotsfield relentlessly. The game was now completely in the balance, as both teams moved the ball rapidly in transition.
In the 62nd minute, having linked well with Pollinger, Thomas played in Manor Farm Number 9, Jenkins, who was brought down in the box. Penalty Manor Farm. Jenkins buried the ball from the spot. 1-1.
In the 65th minute, and against the run of play, a mix up between centre back and goalkeeper resulted in a headed own goal. 2-1 Mangotsfield. Just seconds later, Tierney, who had been devastating during this period, played Jenkins in again, who forced an outstanding save from the Mangotsfield goalkeeper.
As Manor Farm pushed to get level, to their credit, Mangotsfield exploited the space and played some scintillating football to stretch the back line, scoring from a set play on 74 minutes.
The club could not have asked for more – the boys are a credit to the club.