Ten-man Cornard progress after goal-filled extra time

Football - Cornard United (blue) v Debenham LC Suffolk Senior Cup. Cornard score only foe it to be dissallowed ANL-151129-200257009
Football - Cornard United (blue) v Debenham LC Suffolk Senior Cup. Cornard score only foe it to be dissallowed ANL-151129-200257009

SUFFOLK SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND

Cornard United 3

Debenham LC 2

After extra time

Score at 90 minutes 1-1

Battling Cornard made light of a harsh 90th-minute dismissal to score two quality goals in extra time and move into the last eight.

Cornard defender Shawn Melarky was sent off following a second yellow card, the referee failing to spot a foul on him, and it looked advantage Debenham as the game moved into extra time.

But Cornard dug in, defended well, and countered superbly.

“The sending-off seemed to galvanise us,” said manager Chris Tracey, “and I think in extra time we deserved the victory.

“I thought Shawn was fouled initially. It was a shame really as I thought up that point the referee had had a good game. These things happen, but it seemed to spur us on.

“In the first half we looked as if we hadn’t played for three weeks. We were sluggish. They had plenty of possession but we defended quite resolutely,” he said. “We changed a couple of things at half time, and I thought the second half performance was excellent.

“We scored three quality goals, and we are through to the quarter-finals of the cup. That’s very nice. But we need a bit more consistency, and there’s a lot of improving still to do.”

In a poor first half, Kevin Barker headed Debenham’s one clear chance over when unmarked, but Sam Chilvers was forced into a couple of smart saves from Luke Payne as Cornard countered.

James Beckett headed in from a corner in the 25th minute, but it was ruled out for an infringement elsewhere in the box.

Chilvers tipped over a dangerous shot from James Clayden at the start of the second half before Cornard took the lead, Ezra Drann holding off a challenge and chipping the advancing keeper in the 54th minute.

Drann suffered a hamstring injury in the process, Liam Morley making a welcome return after a lengthy spell out injured.

But the Hornets were gifted a reply when Colin Athey failed to hold the ball in 65th minute scramble and Dale Vince headed home.

Athey held a swerving shot from Jake Gathercole, and Tom Lampshire saw a shot graze the outside of a post with Chilvers beaten in normal time, and Payne and Ben Green saw shots held in the first half of extra time.

Cornard wrapped it up with two powerful strikes from distance, Payne after 113 minutes, and Lampshire after 118. Vince pulled one back after a scramble in the dying seconds, but the tie had been decided by then.

Cornard Utd: Athey; Melarkey, Sloots, Beckett (Doherty 69), Edwards, Dowding, Lampshire, LePage, Drann (Morley 54 [Mansfield 106]), Clayden, Payne. Subs not used: Finan, Prince.

n Cornard beat Braintree Town Reserves 3-0 in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division on Tuesday.