With the weather yet again causing havoc across the Island, one match didn’t fall foul to the weather and paved the way for a 10 goal thriller in the Memorial Cup.
Shanklin raced into the lead when Jordy Galsworthy hit a quick fire double. He tapped home on 9 minutes at the far post and then doubled the lead 3 minutes later side footing home after a scramble in the box putting Shanklin 2-0 up.
Oakfield were looking jaded from the start, passes going stray and the play a little predictable, It got worse on the half hour for Oakfield when Trevor Jacques lobbed the ball over Daryl Hunt before tapping home to make it 3-0.
Sam Hart pulled one back for Oakfield on 37 minutes when his cross shot ended up in the back of net, 3-1 going into the break.
The second half started with Shanklin playing a much higher defensive line and Oakfield having plenty of joy with the balls being played more down the flanks, Sam Woodmore got on the score sheet when he lobbed Shanklin stopper Anthony Lewis on 49 minutes and the comeback was well and truly on 3-2.
Lee Eldridge was beginning to have an influence in midfield as Oakfield could sense the comeback, Scott Saunders slotted home the equaliser on 55 minutes after a mix up in the Shanklin defence he found himself unmarked at the far post to bring the scores level at 3-3.
Oakfield completed a remarkable comeback on 68 minutes when Cass Oneil found free and smashed the ball past the advancing Anthony Lewis to put Oakfield 3-4 and into the lead for the first time in the tie. Shanklin seemed to weather the tide well and started to get back into it and were deservedly level with 6 minutes reaming when Trevor Jacques headed home at the far post to take the match into extra time.
Up to this point the match was a great cup tie you cant take that away from the players, what was to follow was an absolute shambles from the linesmen yet again, I know these guys do it voluntary but this over shadowed a cracking game, when he started arguing with spectators threw his flag down to the ground and stormed on to the pitch while the game was in play, in fairness its easy to stand here and criticise people so all I wish to do is highlight the point that this is a major problem in Island football and something that surely has to be addressed.
Thankfully referee Mr Derek “Fitness” Hughes talked him back to the line to complete the game, not easy out there when you have players and spectators hurling abuse towards the officials, but that is part and parcel of the game and although I wouldnt say it was Dereks best game, he left his cards at home on the kitchen table today not one shown all game.
Anyway back to the action with extra time under way the next goal would be vital and it was Oakfield who took control when Sam Hart volleyed home to put the visitors 4-5 up and it was Scott Saunders who put the tie beyond any doubt slotting home to put Oakfield into the next round, A cracking game and one in which lots of players stood out but my Man Of The Match award goes to Lee Eldridge of Oakfield a brilliant performance form the midfielder.
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