Thornes run out of steam as Bafana go through
BAFANA Bafana moved into the second round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after narrowly beating a resilient Glenthorne Masters side 3-1.
A Seth Green effort followed by a wonder strike from Alex Waiman and Theo Bard helped the Premier Division side through.
The veterans, who lie second in League One of the Masters table, were clearly up for the challenge and almost took a shock lead after 20 minutes as Stuart Block curled a free kick inches over. Bafana’s Mark Gishen had the ball in the Glenthorne net, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
The visitors were not to be denied and went ahead three minutes before the break. Seth Green sneaked into the box before blasting home from 10 yards.
The lead lasted just two minutes as the Thornes, who have an average age of 45, came roaring back to shock a Bafana side 20 years their junior.
Greg Morris played a key role in the equaliser. His driven centre was rifled into the bottom corner by Andy Block.
Morris should have put the Thornes ahead just after the hour mark. Finding himself through on goal his ef- fort was kept out by a fine save from Bafana keeper Simon Davies. The hosts came even closer to taking the lead from the resulting corner as a Neil Richards’ header was cleared off the line.
Despite the pressure posed by the veterans, Bafana’s Alex Waiman produced an unstoppable 40-yard scorcher which nestled into the top corner.
Theo Bard put the result beyond doubt, slotting home on the edge of the area.
Bafana player-manager Adam Lawrence told JC Sport: “We must give Glenthorne plenty of credit. It was not a classic performance but being a cup competition, the result is the only thing that matters and we are relieved to go through.”
Proud Glenthorne boss Sid Shaw said: “I thought we played excellently even bearing in mind our age. We gave a great account of ourselves.”
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