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Portsmouth Academics 3 Whiteley FC 1

Whiteley FC in the last sixteen of the cup played Portsmouth Academics away from home, knowing a win would take them into the quarter finals.

In what was probably their worse performance for 2 seasons, Whiteley FC crumbled within the first thirty seconds of the game.

Portsmouth Academics started brightly and played long balls over the top to try and release their danger player number fourteen. It was one of these balls that saw Leroy misjudge the bounce and their centre forward raced through on goal and finished neatly when one on one with Dan.

Ten minutes later, Whiteley FC were awarded their third penalty in as many games and Damo, having scored the last two stepped up to take it. Taking a run up that was way too long, he raced in and fired the ball a yard wide with a terrible penalty.

With Dan making some superb saves to keep us in the match, we went in at half time one nil down.

We went out for the second half and in patches started to play the football that we have been used to playing recently. Jones had a couple of shots and with Rosie working hard to try and create chances.

Twenty minutes into the second half and Jas produced a moment of magic. With Marv doing his best to try and bring everyone up in the game he got hacked down twenty five yards of goal, left of centre. Jas stepped up and sent a fantastic curling free kick over the wall and into the top corner, leaving their keeper no chance.

Ten minutes later and the game was sewn up. With Simon conceeding a free kick for reasons unknown to us, their centre forward put in a great free kick, and, with slack marking, Whiteley allowed their midfielder a free header which he scored from close range.

Another controversial moment occured five minutes later, when Jones spun and hit a shot on the volley, their keeper made a great save, but the ball went into the net. However, due to there being a gaping hole in the side netting, the ball went through the hole, and the referee awarded a corner kick rather than a goal.

The game was put beyond our reach in the final ten minutes when their midfielder was allowed to run at goal without being closed down, before lashing a twenty five yard shot past Dan to make it three one.

It was a terrible performance, having narrowly lost to AFC North End the week before and lets hope that we get back to what we do best for the next league match against Stamshaw.

Man of the match was hard this week because most of the team were poor, however, Marv wins it this week for his outstanding work rate in the middle of the park. Well done Marv.

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