AFC Sudbury - cup joy against 10-man Ilford

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AFC Sudbury 5 Ilford 0



AFC Sudbury 5 Ilford 0

by Pat Arbon

at The MEL Group Stadium

AFC Sudbury turned on the style to complete a comprehensive victory on Saturday against their Ryman League rivals, who were reduced to 10 men just before half-time.

Manager Chris Tracey made three changes, one of them forced with striker James Baker out with a broken wrist. His absence gave way to Dave Bryant making his home debut and it was Bryant who forced Ilford keeper Daniel Mbaku into the first of many fine saves soon after the start.

It was one-way traffic on the Ilford goal but some fine keeping and defending kept the scoresheet blank until AFC were awarded a penalty seven minutes before the break when Ben Smith broke into the area only to be fouled by Tony Dakins as he bore down on goal.

The Ilford defender was red carded and Lee Boylan, who had earlier hit the post with a header, converted the spot-kick to give the hosts the lead at the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern with AFC dominating only to be continually denied by keeper Mbaku.

But his luck ran out when AFC doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Smith’s fierce angled shot rebounded off a post on to the back of the diving keeper and into the net for an own goal.

That was the opening of the floodgates for AFC and three further goals came in quick time.

First Boylan doubled his account when he broke clear and substitute Tom Webb added a brace with two fine finishes to seal AFC’s passage into the next round.

AFC: Gay, Pond, Martin, Shinn (Worrell 83), Dalby, Cousins, Cowley (Webb 73), Clarke, Bryant (Charge 80), Boylan, B Smith. Unused subs: J Smith Fergus and B Tracey (gk).

Free Press man of the match: Lee Boylan.

Att: 181