Mangotsfield United...0 Bristol City U23s...3
Flying Robins too strong for Mangos
Match Report by Dave Smale
Tuesday 12th April 2017, GFA Senior Challenge Cup – Semi/Final Attendance 145
Mangotsfield United….0 Bristol City U23….3
Mangotsfield United’s Gloucestershire FA Trophy hopes were dashed for another season after they were undone in the first half at Cossham Street by a pacey Bristol City Under-23 side.
On a rock-hard, typical mid-April pitch devoid of any recent rain, it was the Mangos who made the first attempt on goal when Dale Evans fired wide after just 2 minutes. However, 3 minutes later, City were ahead in their first serious attack. Winger Jonny Smith, out on the left side, latched on to a pass from Diego De Girolamo before cutting back inside on his right boot to fire home into the far corner past Mangos keeper Steve Phillips. City continued to look sharp in attack with one or two speedy runs & twice within the next few minutes, De Girolama fired over the bar from 15 yards when well placed.
City deservedly make it 2-0 on 20 minutes when, following a long ball down the middle, speedy striker Kel Akpobire sprung the offside trap and a split second before he clattered into on-coming keeper Steve Phillips, he unselfishly cut the ball back across goal for De Girolamo to convert into an empty net. With some home fans half expecting a free kick for Mangos after Phillips had been up-ended in that move, the referee didn’t hesitate to award the goal.
The game occasionally got niggly, but the Mangos almost pulled a goal back on 29 minutes when a long-range strike from Liam Monelle was tipped over by City keeper Jojo Wollacott. Ryan Batten then headed just wide from the resultant corner. Minutes later, a goalmouth scramble in the City goal almost led to a home goal as well, but on this occasion, the referee awarded a free kick to City for an infringement.
City continued to look sharp in attack & Steve Phillips came to the rescue of the home side on 40 minutes when he saved well from Akpobire after a long ball down the middle deceived Scott Brice in the home defence. However, City added a 3rd goal on 42 minutes with a storming run from midfield by Jake Andrews and his stunning low strike beat Steve Phillips at his near post from 25 yards. It could also have been 4-0 in the closing moments, as Akpobire slid in front of a teasing low, left-wing cross, but fortunately for the Mangos, he put the ball wide of the far post.
HT: Mangotsfield United 0, Bristol City U-23s 3
The 2nd half was much more of a subdued affair, with fewer chances at either end and with City seemingly quite content to hold on to their lead. This allowed the Mangos to come into the game more, but we weren’t able to pull a goal back. Our first real chance of the 2nd half came on 58 minutes when loan signing Lewis.G. Powell saw his header saved by keeper Wollacott. Two minutes later, we had the strange sight of Lewis Powell being replaced by…….established striker Lewis Powell! And just 2 minutes later, our Welsh striker latched on to a through ball down the right, but he ended up firing just wide of goal from a very narrow angle, as the ball flashed across the empty 6-yard box.
City pressed forward in attack only occasionally in the 2nd half & on 70 minutes, Steve Phillips had to make a flying save to keep out a fierce long range drive. At the other end, sub Matt Groves did well to get in a shot at goal on 74 minutes, following a decent team move, but as the game drifted away, little of note happened in the remaining minutes & City ran out comfortable winners.
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon/Sky/Sky)
G/K. Steve Phillips, 2. Ben Withey, 3. Tom Warren, 4. Ryan Batten (Joe Hillard 46), 5. Scott Brice ©, 6. Dale Evans, 7. Liam Monelle, 8. Mitch Tippins, 9. L.G.Powell (Lewis Powell 60), 10. George Lloyd (Matt Groves 62), 11. Tom Fry
Unused Subs: Lewis Hogg, Conor McCormack
Red Cards: none
BRISTOL CITY U23 ( Gold/Navy )
G/K. JoJo Wollacott, 2. Ashley Harper, 3. Jonny Smith, 4. Kodi Lyons-Foster, 5. Cameron Pring, 6. Opi Edwards, 7. James Morton, 8. Jake Andrews, 9. Harvey Smith (Osagi Bascome), 10. Diego De Girolamo (George Nurse 57), 11. Kel Akpobire (George Dowling 78)
Unused Subs: Alhaji Sesay, Jack Turner
Bookings: Opi Edwards (7)
Red Cards: none
Referee. Simon Shaw (Bristol)
Assistants: Ademola Olagunju (Kingswood), Jack Clench (Hanham)
The next scheduled game at the Doug Hillard Sports Ltd Stadium is on Saturday 15th April 2017, when The ‘Whites’ of SALISBURY FC are here. 3.00pm kick-off.
Please note that our home games are now covered by KRT Digital Sport and Today’s match can be found on Youtube, at this link/