Date: Saturday 11th November 2017
Venue: The Clubhouse
Well hello one and all. After the disappointment of the 3-0 defeat away to Sporting Khalsa last week, today United revert their attentions to the FA Vase Cup round 2 with an away tie against Quorn FC. Although Quorn have had a tough start to their league campaign so far, this I’m sure will still be a very tough game as all knockout cup competitions regularly prove to be good levellers.
United Manager Terry Anderson should have a full squad to choose from as he tries to extend his teams run in this prestigious competition. And with an expected good away following from the Red and Green army, I’m sure the lads will have plenty of support from the side lines as they usually do.
The referee gets the game under way and United waste no time in showing their intent as the power forward in the very first minute when they win a free kick that goes out for a corner. Lewis Rankins corner goes invitingly into the area where Robert Prinzel is lurking as he sends a looping header high into the top corner of the net for an early United breakthrough.
QFC 0 UNITED 1
A great early lead for United and they are looking up for it today already. The game resumes and they are soon on the attack again in the 2nd minute. The ball is played to Lewis Rankin who runs with the ball before sending a powerful drive wide of the QFC keeper Liam Sharpe for another great goal to put United 2-0 up in only the 2nd minute.
QFC 0 UNITED 2
Now that’s a great start for United and the Red and Green army are in fine voice in appreciation of their teams start to this game. QFC are shell shocked but manage to muster a couple of corners that are easily dealt with by the United defence in the 3rd & 4th minutes.
That respite does not last for long as United are soon back on the attack in the 9th minute after a good cross by Mitchell Piggon sees captain Chris Cox head just over the bar from 8 yrds. United are rampant at the minute as QFC just can’t get the ball off their opponents. United’s Lewis Rankin is fed the ball out wide on the left. He turns inside and let’s fly with a fantastic curling shot from a full 25yrds that arrows into the top corner of the net leaving the QFC keeper Liam Sharpe with no chance for United’s third goal in the 14th minute.
QFC 0 UNITED 3
Wow, what a goal that was. If that’s not a contender for goal of the season then I don’t know what is!!! Rankin could not have hit that sweeter. The Red and Green army are now delirious and fellow VP Roy Edden is definitely getting some use out of his mobile PA system has he blasts out United’s adopted anthem of Sham 69’s “If the kids are United” every time United score.
QFC finally get their first real chance in the 17th minute when they work the ball forward and the No10 Ryan Evans sees his goal bound shot cleared off the line by United’s Kyle Barnett. The first yellow card of the day goes to QFC’s No3 captain Niall Mather for a foul on Lewis Rankin in the 19th minute.
This game has been non-stop so far and for the next 14 minutes the tempo seems to drop off as neither team create anything of note. That is until in the 33rd minute when United break down the left where Mitchell Piggon does well to keep hold of the ball before picking out strike partner Craig Reid. Reid does well to steady himself before his powerful drive towards goal is fantastically saved by the keeper Liam Sharpe.
With the first half drifting into the last 5 minutes, United’s Gift Mussa earns himself a yellow card for in my opinion a very soft tackle that no way deserved a booking in the 40th minute. The last chance of the half though falls to the QFC No9 Dominic Brennan when they break forward and his header from a deep cross goes over the bar from 10 yrds out in the 43rd minute. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.
QFC 0 UNITED 3
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United soon pick up from where they finished and are looking to get forward at every opportunity. They manage to do that in the 50th minute when they power forward with Lewis Rankin. Rankin squares the ball to Tommy Glasscoe who then proceeds to join the party for goal of the season contender with a great curling shot that thunders into the top corner of the net for another fantastic finish.
QFC 0 UNITED 4
United I would have to say have now surely secured their passage into the next round after that. Remaining focussed is still a priority though and keeping disciplined will ensure that. QFC are not giving in though and manage a couple of chances in the 53rd and 56th minutes with United’s keeper Richard Morris positioning himself well to gather both attempts with ease from No2 Rob Mulonga and No9 Dominic Brennan respectively.
After that brief spell of QFC pressure, United are soon back in control and break down the right with Jeff Woodward. Woodward’s cross picks out Craig Reid who controls the ball well before coolly steering the ball around the keeper Liam Sharpe and into the corner of the net for another fine finish in the 59th minute.
QFC 0 UNITED 5
United’s finishing has been sublime today and QFC are still finding it so hard to contain them. The next 10 minutes sees an array of substitutions with United taking off the fantastic Lewis Rankin and sending on the returning Jack Jeys in the 60th minute. The QFC take off the No2 Rob Mulonga and send on the No15 Amarvir Sandhu in the 63rd minute. Then United take off Tom James and send on Bobby Moseley in the 66th minute before making their final change in the 70th minute when that take off Gift Mussa and send on Aaron Opoku.
As all the changes settle into the game, its QFC who settle first as they press forward and the No10 Ryan Evans forces a great save out of the United keeper Richard Morris in the 72nd minute. United’s centre half Kyle Barnett tries to get in on the act when going on a mazy run into the area before shooting wide of the target in the 76th minute. Soon after they win a free kick on the edge of the area and Jack Jeys is standing over the ball to take it. His dipping shot flies over the wall and crashes off the cross bar in the 78th minute. The game is now into the last 10 minutes and United are still looking for more goals. They break forward with pace in the 81st minute as Jack Jeys is fed the ball 20yrds out. Jeys despatches a ferocious drive that thunders into the back of the net leaving the QFC keeper once again with no chance.
QFC 0 UNITED 6
Well we have all been blessed with some fantastic goals this afternoon that’s for sure. QFC frustrations finally show when the QFC No9 Dominic Brennan is booked for a late tackle on Tommy Glasscoe in the 84th minute. With the game nearing the end it’s QFC who have the final chance when they break forward in the 87th minute. The No15 Amarvir Sandhu did really well before seeing his shot fantastically saved by the keeper Richard Morris to secure his deserved clean sheet. Soon after the referee blows up for full time and the Red and Green army start the ever growing conger along the stand.
QFC 0 UNITED 6
In summing up this game I would have to say for the second week running TAKING YOUR CHANCES, only this time for the right reasons. United today were lethal in their despatching of their chances as they rattled in 6 of their 7 shots on target with 4 of them all being contenders for goal of the season.
United went about their business right from the start and were 2-0 up inside 3 minutes and 3-0 up inside 15 minutes as they tore into QFC. They completely controlled the first half and carried on where they left off with another goal 5 minutes into the restart. Though it does have to be said that they didn’t have it all their own way as QFC did actually have more shots on target than United but with Richard Morris putting on a fine display in goals making a couple of breath taking saves to preserve his well deserved clean sheet.
Players worthy of a mention today would have to be the QFC No9 Dominic Brennan. He never gave up till the end and caused United a few problems with his direct running on and off the ball and wasn’t afraid to get stuck in.
For United this was the type of performance the Red and Green army have been waiting for. They were lethal with their finishing, their ball retention was high throughout and they always looked in control of the game and deserved their clean sheet and passage into the next round. Robert Prinzel slotted back into the centre of the defence alongside Kyle Barnett and both stood strong to help achieve the clean sheet. Gift Mussa got stuck in in his usual fashion breaking up play, Richard Morris made a string of fine saves for his contribution to the cause and Jack Jeys made a fine return to the Red and Green’s and capped it off with a great goal. Tommy Glasscoe once again was immense and was involved in almost everything United did and capped it off with a fantastic goal. But he was tipped today for my man of the match by the impressive performance of Lewis Rankin. Lewis today was literally on fire as he tore into QFC at every opportunity. He claimed 3 assists and scored two great goals with the second being surely the front runner for the goal of the season so well done Lewis Rankin.
So we now move into the next round with the draw on Monday. With a little bit of luck who knows??? I won’t say it!!!!!! PUCU
Match stats (United) (QFC)
On target (7) (8)
Off target (7) (3)
Corners (1) (4)
Free kicks (16) (6)
Yellow cards (1) (2)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (0) (6)