YOUNG TOWNERS PROGRESS IN CHARITY CUP
Enfield Town 4 Broadfields United 2
A youthful Town side advanced into the third round of the Middlesex Charity Cup, and an away tie against Uxbridge, despite being pegged back twice by the visitors writes Charlie Baker.
It was Broadfields who started the brighter, as danger man Radu Stefanoaica fired straight at Town keeper Teddy Reynolds. This was the wake-up call that the hosts needed, and with their first attack, they took the lead. On the 15-minute mark, Kyle Lynch picked up the ball in midfield and played in Mo Koita, whose cross-shot was too powerful for Kieran Jimmy in the Broadfields goal.
However, United responded well to going behind, and would have been level if not for an excellent reflex save from Reynolds to deny Jamel Mattan, who had plenty of time to pick his spot in the box. Then, just before half-time, the visitors’ efforts were rewarded. Stefanoaica collected the ball on the right, skilfully cut inside past two Town defenders and slotted past Reynolds to level the scores going into the break.
Half-time: Enfield Town 1 Broadfields United 1
As the second half began, Town’s lead was restored almost instantly. It was half-time substitute Charles Brown with the instant impact as he picked up the ball on the edge of the box, took a touch, and fired a rocket into the top corner leaving Jimmy with no chance.
Once again however, Broadfields got their equaliser. Stefanoaica beat the offside trap and rounded Reynolds to finish from a tight angle, and he nearly got his and his team’s third minutes later, only to be denied by Glenn Wilson, covering for Reynolds after Stefanoaica had stayed onside and rounded him once again.
After Stefanoaica had been thwarted by Reynolds one more time, the hosts stepped it up and took control. On 69 minutes, Ken Charles was played through on goal and brought down by the onrushing Jimmy, leaving the referee no option but to award Town a penalty, and Charles stepped up to convert neatly into the side netting.
Town, now playing much better football, put the tie to bed two minutes later. They got in behind the visitor’s backline yet again – this time through Junior Mubiayi, who brilliantly controlled the ball despite Jimmy bearing down on him, and calmly finished to ensure Town’s progress.
Enfield Town: Teddy Reynolds, Mo Koita [Nnamdi Egboh 80], Lewis King, James Mulley, Glenn Wilson, Dante McIntosh, Samson Esan [Brandon White 80], Kyle Lynch, Ken Charles, Junior Mubiayi, Gideon Nsiah [Charles Brown 46]. Unused subs: Steve Wales
Broadfields United: Kieran Jimmy, Sam Horan, Ryan Phillips, Harry Henley, Liam O’Keefe, Rex Kimona, Marley Anderson-Richard, Jordan Goode-Keeley, Jamel Mattan, Dene Gardner, Radu Stefanoaica. Subs: Damien Cruickshank, Joe Clifton, Mark Kendall.
Town Man of the Match: Kyle Lynch.
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