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Freeland Firsts - Match centre

Headington Amateurs
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D Taylor (12', 92')
Sat 17 Dec 13:30 - Cup

Senior Cup 3rd round

The dream is still alive!

Freeland travelled to Headington Amateurs in the 3rd round of the senior cup; the furthest the club have managed to get in this competition.
The home side started very well and you can see why they are flying high in the league above. However, the reds started to find their feet and the so called gap between the Hellenic and Senior League didn’t seem a very big one at all.
The always improving Luke Coles firing into the Headington keepers arms very early on. Then to be fair, the game was being played in Midfield with Freeland’s Dean Mays, Liam Harris and Jefferson Harriot having fantastic games and the home side didn’t really have too many chances to shout about.
Just before halftime the game came to life. A great ball is played to Danny (Angry Man) Taylor; the forward who is in red hot form of late sits the keeper down and flashes the ball into the net, off the inside of the post. The Senior League side go in at halftime one nil up and is there an upset on the cards.
In the second half, Headington are coming in waves at Freeland’s rear-guard. It is only a matter of time before the home side score; the Hellenic league side score on 60 mins after some good work down the right. The ball is played across the 6 yard box and Ben Green scores at the back post past Jamie Perkin.
I was starting to worry we were going to get overrun. The home sides tails were up and they were well on top. Only minutes later, dangerous Headington striker Luke Cuff hits the outside of the post with a right footed shot from 12 yards. Adam Bowerman is brought on for the excellent Jefferson Harriot. Dean Mays and Liam Harris are covering every blade of grass and are doing some great work at breaking the play up for the away side. The game is now approaching the final minutes. The fog is rolling in and extra time is looming large. Then for the final throw of the dice, the reds have a free kick deep in Headingtons final third. Tom Weedon, who had come on as a second half substitute, swings a lovely left footed ball into the box and that man Danny Taylor, with a great glancing header, finds the bottom corner of the net!
The away side go into raptures. The bench celebrating like they had won the FA Cup! Only Two minutes left. Can Freeland hold out for a famous victory? The home side get a corner and this is the last throw of the dice. The ball is swung in from the right and with all 11 home team players targeting Jamie Perkin, the keeper claims the ball and kills the game.
A fantastic performance by a very resilient Freeland side who are having a good time of late and consequently a 4th round tie against Hook Norton from the Hellenic league who are going very well in their league.
But firstly, Freeland have a massive League game against Garsington and the Reds will need to continue where they left off to get the three points they need.
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year! I love Saturdays and will see you all soon.

Key moments

Goal Danny Taylor scores for Freeland
90:00 +2:00
Goal Danny Taylor scores for Freeland


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90:00 +2:00 Goal 0 - 2
Danny Taylor scores for Freeland
78:00 Yellow Card
Jason Lonsdale is yellow carded for Freeland
68:00 Sub On
Adam Bowerman is substituted on for Freeland
68:00 Sub Off
Jefferson Harriott is substituted off for Freeland
68:00 Sub On
Tom Weedon is substituted on for Freeland
68:00 Sub Off
Craig Wood is substituted off for Freeland
62:00 Yellow Card
Liam Harris is yellow carded for Freeland
End of period 1
12:00 Goal 0 - 1
Danny Taylor scores for Freeland
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Headington Amateurs
  • Freeland
  • 0
  • Danny Taylor Goal 12:00'
  • Liam Harris Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Adam Bowerman Sub On 68:00'
  • Jefferson Harriott Sub Off 68:00'
  • Tom Weedon Sub On 68:00'
  • Craig Wood Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jason Lonsdale Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Danny Taylor Goal 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Perkin, Jamie Perkin, Jamie
Trigg, Rich Trigg, Rich
Howe, Neil Howe, Neil
Calley, Simon Calley, Simon
Coles, Luke Coles, Luke
Wood, Craig Wood, Craig
Mays, Dean Mays, Dean
Harriott, Jefferson Harriott, Jefferson
Harris, Liam Harris, Liam
Taylor, Danny Taylor, Danny
Lonsdale, Jason Lonsdale, Jason


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