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Berks & Bucks Senior Cup 2nd Round

Tuesday 9th January 2018

York Road, Maidenhead

Attendance 184

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Maidenhead United
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Ravi Shamsi
Kieran Drake 1 Niall Clayton Chesham reached the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup with this penalty shoot-out victory. After going behind early on Chesham fought their way back into the game, but it was largely a routine affair until a madcap last half-hour.

Chesham made five changes which meant debuts for right-back Gerardo Smaldone, plus 18-year-old goalkeeper Niall Clayton who has signed on a month’s loan from Oxford United. Smaldone replaced Darren Locke with Matt Bevans switching to the centre of defence. Maidenhead made eight changes from their last league game on Saturday. Chesham’s revamped defence looked all at sea early on, and Moses Emmanuel seized on a stray pass and seemed certain to score but Niall Clayton got back to block. Emmanuel then headed over and Ryan Upward shot wide before the home side took the lead in the ninth minute, Adrian Clifton shooting low into the corner of the net after Moses Emmanuel had pulled the ball back from wide on the left. Chesham began to settle and gradually took control of the game although chances were few. Shane Bush shot wide of the far post after good work by Ravi Shamsi on the right, Kieran Murphy headed over from Jhai Dhillon’s corner. Just after half-hour Shamsi again found Shane Bush whose first effort was blocked and the follow-up bounced away off the body of keeper Kieran Drake. At the other end Adrian Clifton hit a powerful shot high and wide, but the half ended with Jon-Jo Bates setting up Shane Bush whose shot was deflected behind but the referee gave a goal kick.

The game suddenly sprang to life on the hour mark when Chesham scored a spectacular equaliser. Ravi Shamsi ran down the right, cut inside and shot left-footed into the far corner of the net beating Drake all ends up. Three minutes later Nana Owusu restored Maidenhead’s lead with a shot low past Niall Clayton’s left hand, but two minutes later Chesham were level again. Ravi Shamsi’s shot from a free kick hit the defensive wall and bounced up, Kieran Drake palmed it away from under the bar but Lewis Toomey got to the loose ball first and scored from close range. Shortly afterwards James Mulley shot across the face of the Chesham goal after Adrian Clifton had won the ball, then at the other end Shane Bush headed over from Jhai Dhillon’s free kick. Niall Clayton’s debut ended early when he was sent off fifteen minutes from time, after bringing down Nana Owusu who was clean through on the edge of the area. Hafed Al-Droubi came on but was unable to stop Owusu’s free kick which went through the wall and into the bottom corner of the net. However Chesham equalised for a third time three minutes later, when Jhai Dhillon’s shot was blocked and Jefferson Louis drove the loose ball into the top corner of the net from 25 yards. Chesham came closer to winning it late on, Drake diving to his right to keep out a long-range effort from Ravi Shamsi, then Shamsi sent Oran Swales clear but Drake saved his first effort and the follow-up was deflected away for a corner. Maidenhead had one last chance when Nathan Minhas exchanged passes with Adrian Clifton, but Hafed al-Droubi blocked the resulting shot. In stoppage time Jefferson Louis’ lay-off sent Jon-Jo Bates clear to go round Drake, only to shoot wide. Chesham converted all their five penalties in the resulting shoot-out, so Hafed Al-Droubi’s save from Nana Owusu’s kick proved decisive.
Moses Emmanuel 7/2 Gerardo Smaldone
James Comley 8/3 Jhai Dhillon
Nana Owusu 12/4 Matt Bevans
Josh Masters 15/5 Kieran Murphy
Rory Merrick 16/6 Danny Green
Adrian Clifton 17/7 Ravi Shamsi
Ryan Upward 19/8 Jon-Jo Bates
Maximilian Kilman 20/9 Lewis Toomey
Ryan Peters 23/10 Shane Bush
James Mulley 26/11 Scott McGleish
Kai Walters 18/12 Jefferson Louis
Bradley Keetch 14/13 Hafed Al-Droubi
Nathan Minhas 14 Oran Swales
Harry Laflin 15 Darren Locke
Carl Pentney 16 -
Used Substitutes
Minhas for Emmanuel 69   Louis for Toomey 66
Walters for Mulley 79   Swales for McGlelish 71
    Al-Droubi for Green 77
Clifton 9   Shamsi 60
Owusu 63, 78   Toomey 65
    Louis 81
Clifton - Scored   Murphy - Scored
Owusu - Saved   Bevans - Scored
Peters - Scored   Dhillon - Scored
Kilman - Scored   Shamsi - Scored
Comley - Scored   Louis - Scored
Sent Off
    Clifton 75