Thursday 01st September 2005
|Tuesday 31 August 2004
||FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replay
||Robert Smith reporting
||Bowey (pen) 4
Slade Green bow out to fluke strike
180 minutes of football it needed a fluke goal to finally separate two evenly
matched sides in this FA Cup extra preliminary round replay in Berkshire on
Green made a dream start taking a 4th minute lead. Lee Morgan provided the
pass that left Ryan Hayes bearing down on goal and after being pulled back by a
defender, the resulting penalty saw Dean Bowey step up to despatch the ball into
the bottom corner of the goal.
The visitors could so easily have doubled their lead on the 18 minute mark as
Danny Little played in Hayes and having skipped past his marker his strike was
just a shade wide of the post.
The turning point in this game came midway through the first half as Mark Barney
let fly with a well taken long range effort that flew past keeper Paul Vines,
and with Green still reeling from this equaliser they fell behind seconds later
as again Barney was left in possession and this time with an attempted cross-cum
shot the ball veered past a shell shocked Vines.
Instantly Green were almost back on terms a glorious cross from Hayes looked set
to find the unmarked Bowey only for a defender to whip the ball off the line.
The visitors were presented with a massive boost 8 minutes into the second
half as Reading shot stopper Michael Pratley was sent off for handling outside
the area and then punching the ball away in anger, but it was the home side who
almost found the net soon afterwards as Dave Mills shot was tipped over the bar
Despite their one man advantage it was not until the final 15 minutes that Green
stretched the Reading rearguard.
Having connected with Morgan’s pass Shaun Malyon made great inroads down the
left flank before unleashing a peach of a cross which Danny Little guided over
the bar, Little was again left with the goal at his mercy moments later but this
time failed to connect with an attempted header following Tony Gallagher’s
In between Little’s two chances Gallagher did force the ball over the line
following industrious play from Malyon.
The home side had their moments late on Darren Russell planted a free header
over the bar, while Vines pulled off a wonderful save with his feet to thwart
Vines, Barber, Morgan (Mace), Gallagher, Upson, Little (Corrigan), Malyon,
Barrett, Arnold, Bowey, Hayes. Other subs: Sabatino, Robinson
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