Men's Cuppers Quarter Final Round-Up
As the 2018-19 Men’s Cuppers competition reaches the Semi Final stage, we take a look at the dramatic, hard fought and wildly entertaining Quarter Final match ups.
Hertford 1-1 Christ Church (1-2 AET)
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Christ Church emerged victorious from a pulsating Cuppers quarter-final against Hertford. The home team, roared on by a vocal and substantial crowd for their first serious cup run in recent history, took the lead early on, but Christ Church rallied to control the game, equalising mid-way through the first half with a classic striker's finish from Patrick Barton. Full time came without any further score, but as legs tired and the game became stretched, fresher Danny Hatton showed his composure to slot in the winner just before the break in extra time. The House then rode out the last fifteen with a diligent defensive effort to secure passage into the last four by two goals to one.
Teddy Hall 1-3 Wadham
Coming up against a physical Teddy Hall side on a small, muddy Uni Parks pitch, Wadham knew it was never going to be the prettiest game of football, so they had to make sure they did everything else right to get the result. The away side went ahead early and were as strong, if not stronger, than their opposition in the tackle, meaning they went into the break 1-0 up. After a tough start to the second half, Teddy Hall managed to break through and grab an equaliser. An outstanding response from the boys after the goal meant that 2 Wadham goals were scored in a matter of minutes in reply. After properly digging in for the last 20, Wadham came out with the 3-1 win, to the delight of their 30-strong supporters group. Onwards to the semis!
Worcester 4-1 St Peter’s
Peter’s had most of the early running and deservedly took the lead before Worcester found their feet and drew level just before half time.
After the break two set pieces and an audacious bicycle kick helped Worcester ease into the next round.
Tom Oliver’s player of the week performance saw Worcester triumph over Div 1 side St Peter’s. He was instrumental to this Cuppers victory, dominating the game from the right hand side and rounded off his performance with a bicycle kick into the top corner.
Exeter 0-4 New
Cold, blustery conditions did not seem to affect the game as the match saw both teams start strongly with both sides threatening the opposition's goal. Exeter creating a number of opportunities against the packed midfield of last years finalists. A rapid counter from the New College winger Tom Mcshane brought a last ditch tackle from Exeter defender Crispin Straker, though having failed to win the ball was dismissed midway through the first half, leaving Exeter with ten men.
Despite the numerical disadvantage a stout Exeter defense continued to deny New College, whilst still managing a threat on the break. The deadlock was broken by driving run and shot from New College midfielder James Foord forcing the Exeter keeper into a good save that he was unable to hold. The New College striker Patrick Leahy upon his return from injury capitalised on the loose ball and giving the keeper no change in a clinical finish into the far corner. The half finished with New College leading Exeter by a one goal advantage.
The second half saw New College increase the tempo, pushing players forward onto a stretched Exeter defense. It did not take long before the sustained pressure brought further rewards as the New College midfield began to dominate the game. Good vision by Foord again set up Leahy for a stunning left footed strike from the edge of the area that beat the Exeter keeper, brushing the crossbar on its way in.
When a tired Exeter defence conceded a penalty Leahy stepped up to complete his hat trick with a powerful finish leaving the keeper with no chance of a save. The New College number nine then turned provider of the fourth, brushing an Exeter defender off the ball before floating a dangerous cross from the right that was finished by a diving header from New College winger Mcshane.
The match ended with a comfortable New College win despite the hotly contested first half from both sides.