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Young Cards progress in FA Youth Cup

Alan Worth - 6th September 2011

Young Cards progress in FA Youth Cup Woking 4 Dorking 0
FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round
6th September 2011

Woking’s Under Eighteen Academy sides have performed extremely well in this competition over recent seasons, reaching the Second Round Proper in the last two years. The Cards youngsters began their campaign in the FA Youth Cup this evening at Kingfield against local rivals Dorking.

It proved to be a successful start and featured an impressive first half performance as they cruised into a three-nil lead. The second period was less convincing as Dorking gradually got back into the game. However, a late goal from the Cards' pacey winger Ade Joshua finally sealed a convincing win.

The Cards were a goal to the good inside ten minutes as Adam Hitch swept a long cross-field ball into the box from the left flank. The visitors' defence were generally allowing Woking far too much space and Dean Brazil was on hand to head home unchallenged, guiding the ball back across goal and into the net.

The second was again scored by Brazil. This time he latched onto a pass from Jack Upton, who had wriggled into the box after good work from Joshua. And a third goal arrived twenty minutes later. This time Phil Moore headed home from Upton’s well-taken corner.

Half time: Woking 3 Dorking 0

If the first half had been dominated by Woking playing their skilful, short passing game then the second half was rather different. Dorking began to play at a higher tempo and the young Cards struggled to find the rhythm and ball possession that had served them well in the first forty-five minutes.

Dorking managed to create a number of good chances, with Daryl Jeeves denied twice by the Cards keeper. The first opportunity saw Jeeves almost find the net only to see his shot pushed away by a flying Aaron McGuigan. The Dorking wide man, Harry Manah, saw his shot fly past the far post after Woking had given the ball away in midfield.

Woking were still able to create chances of their own but it took until the ninetieth minute for the Academy side to finally add to the score. Ade Joshua’s cross from the right flank evaded keeper Henry Warne and bounced into the net off the far post.

This group of young Cards look extremely promising but coach Matt Howard will want to see more of that first-half performance produced across the full ninety minutes in future rounds.

Woking Under Eighteens now move on to the 1st Round Qualifying of this prestigious competition.

Woking: Aaron McGuigan, Jack Upton, Adam Hitch, Niall Wright, Phil Moore, Ashley Crowe, Ade Joshua, Jake Hicks, Shane Simmons, Dean Brazil, Sam Stone

Substitutes: Ryan O’Sullivan, Adam Bellmaine, Louis Meech, James Oben-Rogers, Alex Cassels

Dorking: Henry Warne, Lewis Armstrong, Josh Clarke, Issac Philpot, Ryan Butler, Connor Teresi, Callum Worsfold, Tom Coffey, Daryl Jeeves, Ryan Stewart, Harry Manah

Substitutes: Jack Murrell, Steven Batchelor, Jamie Anidjah, James Baker, Connor Mitchell

MOTM: Dean Brazil
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