ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH TEAM MATCH REPORT

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (1) 3
EGERTON FC TATTON YOUTH (0) 0

NWYA Open Cup match
played on Sunday, 6 November 2016, k.o. 2pm


LINE-UPS

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Red and white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Cameron TERRY, 2. Tom KELLY, 3. Sam BOWN, 4. Milo PITTERSON, 5. Josh GRAHAM (capt), 6. Jordan MILNE, 7. Darius PALMA, 8. Andy MATISHI, 9. Jordan HENRY, 10. Enis HOTI, 11. Kieron FURSE. Subs: 14. Ricardo PEMBELE, 15. Peter IACOVOU, 15. Aaron CLAYTON.


REPORT

On a cold afternoon at Hale Country Club, Egrton FC Tatton had to start the game with an outfield player in goal. Altrincham took early advantage of the situation as Darius Palma's cross cum shot from the right touchline found its way into the back of the net to give Altrincham a third-minute lead. But the brave stand-in Egerton keeper did then make a good stop from Palma (5 mins).

Egerton's proper goalkeeper arrived in the twelfth minute and, although Altrincham were on top, they did not seriously threaten another goal in the first twenty minutes. For the home side, Milne was impressing in midfield whilst Palma's trickery was a constant threat to the visitors.

Just after the half-hour mark Alty went close when a nod-down to Henry led to the striker poking his effort over the bar. Two minutes later a Holti header was saved from a Bown cross. A fine ball from Josh (no5) then put Palma clear but the Egerton keeper made a fine save, pushing the ball round the post for a corner (34 mins)>

There was a scare for Alty when the ball was lost in midfield and keeper Terry came out of the box to clear but handled the ball. He escaped with a yellow card (42 mins).

In added time before the interval Milne's shot from the edge of the box, from a loose ball, hit the post.


Half-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 1
EGERTON FC TATTON YOUTH 0

Alty brought on Clayton and Pembele at the interval, replacing Holti and Matishi. The half started uneventfully as the gusty wind increased in strength.

Egerton threatened after 58 minutes when their skilful no.24 fired narrowly over the bar. But Alty then won two successive corners and, after a fine run from Furse, it took a fine save to keep out Palma's shot (63 mins).

Altrincham had now got well on top and a Palma header had to be cleared off the line (65 mins). On 66 minutes Iacovou came on for Henry but Egerton were still mounting intermittent threats to the home goal and from one of these forays, Terry had to save well from the number 24 (69 mins).

Altrincham continued to create chances of their own but failed to convert them. Next, a Palma header dropped just wide, then Furse's sidefooted effort clipped the top of the bar (76 mins). Pemeble now beat two men to the right of goal but his shot to the near post was comfortably saved. The same Alty man soon had another effort saved as the home side dominated the closing stages but could not finish off their opponents.

However, Alty finally got the second goal they were seeking, following a corner, when Pembele converted from close range at the near post (84 mins).

Egerton's dogged resistance was now broken and the hosts finally wrapped up proceedings as Peter Iacovou netted a fine 20-yard goal to make it 3-0 after 87 minutes.

Altrincham had met with stiff resistance for most of the game and had been wasteful in failing to convert numerous half-chances but belatedly they had made sure of progress to the next round by a clear margin.


Full-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 3
EGERTON FC TATTON YOUTH 0