Byrne dou­ble just the ticket

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Chris Com­mer­ford and El­liott Atkinson net­ted as cham­pi­ons Mis­fitts ended the Ash­ford Su­per Fives Sum­mer League sea­son with a 2-1 win over McDonalds.

Run­ners-up Saints beat Al­sorts 2-0, Southloco de­feated Wanted by the same score, while Ald­ing­ton main­tained their form with a 2-1 vic­tory over Amigos. Re­jects claimed the points with a 2-1 suc­cess over Spar­tans, while Stour beat Ames 1-0. Libyans and Home­bull drew 0-0.

Two more teams are needed for the new Win­ter League, be­gin­ning on Septem­ber 10. Any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact Ray Knowler on 01233 627942 or John Fen­ning on 01233 621303. A stun­ning strike by Kieran Byrne was the high­light for Ash­ford United who ne­go­ti­ated their first FA Cup hur­dle with vic­tory in this ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round tie at the Spec­trum Arena on Satur­day.

United’s re­ward was a win­ners’ cheque of £1,500 and a home tie in the next round against Ry­man League, Di­vi­sion 1 South pace­set­ters Chip­stead.

Byrne scored twice in six sec­ond­half min­utes, mak­ing three goals in two games.

In a con­test played on a bumpy pitch sur­rounded by an ath­let­ics track, Kee­lan Mooney clipped the wood­work af­ter 12 min­utes, as United took con­trol against their Com­bined Coun­ties League hosts but failed to make the most of GUILD­FORD CITY ash­FORD UTD sev­eral chances in the first half.

Home pair Jack Guilford and Khari Ori­o­gun then tested Joe Mant at the other end in a goal­less first 45 min­utes. Things changed, though, within three min­utes of the restart cour­tesy of Byrne’s ex­cel­lent left-foot fin­ish.

The home de­fence cleared his first ball but see­ing home keeper An­thony Hall off his line, Byrne pro­duced the per­fect fin­ish, curl­ing a 30 yard strike into the top left-hand cor­ner.

Byrne was de­nied a sec­ond mo­ments later, be­fore dou­bling the lead with a close-range ef­fort, con­vert­ing Gary Mickelborough’s set-up.

Sub­sti­tute Ol­lie Finch’s heavy chal­lenge sparked a flare-up which earned him a sec­ond suc­ces­sive book­ing – join­ing Mickelborough and Liam Whit­ing, back af­ter sus­pen­sionm in ref­eree Craig Simp­son’s to­tal of seven yel­low cards. The teams last met 41 years ago and guess who

scored? Satur­day’s game was

the first meet­ing between the two for­mer South­ern League ri­vals for 41 years. Present Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son scored for Ash­ford in a 4-3 de­feat to Guild­ford at Es­sella Park in Novem­ber 1972.

Kieran Byrne, sco­ere of Ash­ford United’s goals, and in­set, Kee­lan Mooney who clipped the wood­work af­ter

12 min­utes on Satur­day

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