STCFC 4 – 2 Selsey (aet)
A frenetic last 15 minutes of extra time rounded off a 4-2 win for Steyning in a ding dong of a Peter Bentley cup tie with Selsey on Tuesday night. In fact, the game was right in the balance until the final couple of minutes of extra time after Selsey thumped a great chance to make it 3-3 against the bar and u18 player Bloomfield, making his debut, raced away and thumped home a fine shot at the other end to make it 4-2.
On a still evening at the Birchwood Ground, it was a lively start from both teams with both looking comfortable in possession and trying to play the right way. Steyning’s best chance fell earlier on to Conor Bull who shot wide from 20 yards on and the keeper made a good stop from Andrade from a half chance one on one. At the other end, Selsey spurned a great opportunity to open the scoring from a great run down the left and soon after struck the outside of the post.
Just before the half-hour, Steyning broke the deadlock with a well-worked move. Andrade held the ball up well played in Clark who accelerated into space in the right channel and in the absence of anyone else in the box struck a low shot underneath the keeper.
However, this did not deter the visitors and they continue to look comfortable in possession not long before half-time and found the equaliser they deserved. Steyning surrendered possession meekly in the middle of the park and the visitors broke swiftly and made no mistake with a neatly worked goal finished at the far post.
1-1 half time
After half-time the visitors started to get on top and were unlucky not to go in front when a one-on-one chance was well saved by JJ, pushing the ball onto the crossbar and then the rebound felt safely into his arms. Minutes later at the other end a great cross by Radmore was met on the volley by Andrade and their keeper made a fine save to keep the scores all square.
Subs Spano, Bloomfield and Weston all came only with plenty of time remaining and injected some extra impetus into Steyning who were looking a bit flat in this period.
The rest of the game was totally in the balance, with the game swinging end to end, both teams going full throttle, and chances squandered at both ends but neither finding the killer goal.
Full time 1-1.
So we went into extra time. The first half passed by with little incident giving no indication of the drama to follow in the second period.
It was Selsey who put themselves in front minutes into the second period scoring at the second attempt after JJ had saved a goal-bound shot from close range.
The goal really rocked us and the game looked a long way back until a moment of magic from Charlie Romain. Picking the ball up 30 yards out he looked up and struck a sweet shot straight into the top left-hand corner leaving the keeper gasping for air.
Suddenly we were on the front foot again and minutes later Steyning was awarded a penalty when Bloomfield was hauled down off the ball from an in-swinging corner. Andrade took responsibility and thumped home the spot-kick.
There is still time for Selsey to fight back once again and they raced up the other end and spurned a terrific opportunity to level the scores with a bad miss from six yards striking the bar. As Selsey gambled men forward it left the freedom of the park to debutante Bloomfield to make no mistake on the final whistle with a stinging low drive to seal the victory and progress to the next round.
A great cup tie that really could have gone either way and the young mobile, energetic Selsey side performed really well and will no doubt feel like an opportunity missed.
For us, that’s now 8 wins in a row. Is it time to dust off the record books?? Next up Alford away on Saturday for a tasty looking encounter.
Steyning : Banasco- Zaragoza, Clark, Maher, Gathern, Levoi, Parazo, Faber, Bull, Romain, Radmore, Andrade.
Subs : Spano, Bloomfield, Weston
Not used : Hands
Attendance : 57