It was Brading Town that marched into the quarter finals of the Memorial Cup following sensational 8-2 win over St Helens B.S at a soggy Vicarage Lane last night.
Playing up the hill on what was easily the coldest night of the year, it was St Helens that put the early pressure to Brading. A chance on three minutes just wide of the bar showed the intentions of the travelers Though their chances were to be few and far between !!
As is usually the case at Brading things turned around rather fast. Number eleven Cayman Collins tapping in to give the romans a 1-0 lead which was doubled shortly after by number eight Ollie Wilson. 2-0 and things looked like they may have been slipping away from the lower ranked side.
A disallowed goal for Brading just before the break was followed with immediate action at the other end when Saints three John Hurst put one away to take the scoreline to 2-1 going into halftime.
Out for the second and Brading looked far sharper. With the hill behind them they soon began to pressure the St Helens backline and were duely rewarded on 52 minutes for 3-1, then 4-1 courtesy of a 25yrd rocket from Ollie Bucket on 57 minutes. Brading asserting their authority.
Dan Vale pushed Brading further in front on the hour mark and the Romans were beginning to run riot. Gav Dicker showed some skill for St Helens and gave them hope with a consolation goal. The goal glut continued and the final nail in the Saints coffin came with a keeper fumble in the last few seconds to extend the lead to 8-2.
St Helens soaked up the Brading pressure well at times in this game but were simply played off the park in the second half, with the better team progressing on the night.
Match football and photograph courtesy of Island Football Focus.