Christchurch FC v Petersfield Town – 8th January 2019


Christchurch won 6-5 on penalties

Russell Cotes Cup Quarter Final

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Having lost on penalties at Petersfield in the Wessex League Cup earlier this season, Christchurch gained revenge in the Russell Cotes Cup.  The first round tie at Bemerton also went to penalties!

After promising attacks by Petersfield, Christchurch took the initiative after 10 minutes, when a shot by Tom Cooper from 25 yards was narrowly wide, but deflected for a corner, which was headed over the bar.  Two further corners by Christchurch were cleared by the Petersfield defence.  A cross by Josh Kirkham was headed on by Lucas Murrain, but safely gathered by the Petersfield goalkeeper.  After 20 minutes, Petersfield had a corner on the left which was initially cleared, but the rebound was headed wide of Max Frampton in the Christchurch goal to give Petersfield the lead.  Some 10 minutes later, Christchurch were level when a through ball from Lucas Murrain found ASH POPE on the right and his shot from 25 yards out sailed into the far corner of the net.  The half-time score remained at 1-1.

In the first few minutes of the second half, a through ball by Petersfield was not dealt with by the Christchurch defence with the resultant shot being fired wide of Max Frampton to give Petersfield the lead at 2-1.  A couple of minutes later, a cross from the right was met by Lucas Murrain whose shot was deflected for a corner.  This led to another corner from which the ball was cleared to ASH POPE on the left whose shot along the ground beat the Petersfield defence and goalkeeper to level the scores at 2-2.  Both sides had chances to win the game during the second half, but the goalkeepers proved resolute to keep the score at 2-2 after 90 minutes, and so to penalties….

The first five penalties for both sides gave the respective goalkeepers no chance, so we moved into “sudden death”.  Max Wilcock scored from the spot for Christchurch before Max Frampton pulled off a save diving to his left to deny Petersfield an equalizer, thereby giving Christchurch a 6-5 margin on penalties to take them into the semi-finals.

Christchurch Man of the match is Ash Pope.

Christchurch – Frampton, Cooper, Cole (Wildish 84), Walker, Cormack (Douglas 59), Cherrett, Pope, Wilson, Murrain (Howe 73), Wilcock, Kirkham.  Unused subs – Butler, Wright.