LAST-GASP SAVES O’S

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND PROPER - By Liam Good­ley

JOSH Koroma’s un­beat­able strike in ex­tra-time took Ley­ton Ori­ent into the next round in a ter­rific game of foot­ball.

Bog­nor were bat­tling hard and were un­for­tu­nate not to score in the first half. On 11 min­utes Manny Ade­bowale left it for the su­perb Calvin Davies who lofted it over the de­fence to Ibra Seka­jja who forced a de­cent save from Dean Brill.

Davies even clipped the post with a strike on 25 min­utes.

Kris­tian Camp­bell curled a free-kick only just wide of the goal just be­fore half-time for Bog­nor in a strong half from the hosts.

Ori­ent really came into the game in the sec­ond half.

Ma­cauley Bonne tried his luck twice in the space of min­utes, first knock­ing a shot wide of the far post and then again forc­ing Dan Lin­coln to chest the ball back out.

Richard Gilot was sent off af­ter his sec­ond yel­low card for Bog­nor on 59 min­utes as Rocks went down to ten men.

Koroma did have the ball in the net fol­low­ing Jake Caprice’s low cross on 72 min­utes but it was called off­side.

Joe Wid­dow­son also saw his sec­ond yel­low card and was sent to the stands for Ori­ent on 79 min­utes af­ter a late chal­lenge.

But the vis­i­tors took the lead on 83 min­utes. A right-sided corner fell to Matt Har­rold who headed the ball back in­side and it was Bonne who nod­ded in from closerange.

The game wasn’t over yet though as Bog­nor were work­ing ex­tremely hard and were re­warded on 89 min­utes. On the break Jimmy Muitt was on his own and struck the ball with some venom from at least 25 yards – the un­stop­pable strike flew into the top right corner to steer the game into ex­tra-time.

But de­spite the Rocks’ ef­forts, it wasn’t enough. Another fan­tas­tic strike from Koroma from out­side the box saw Lin­coln beaten as the ball whizzed high into the net to send Ori­ent through.

Lin­coln pulled out a cou­ple of great stops to deny Koroma on two oc­ca­sions right at the death to main­tain the 2-1 score­line.

Bog­nor will feel that they de­served more, but there were cer­tainly pos­i­tive signs from the hosts who bat­tled hard all game.

Bog­nor man­ager Jack Pearce said: “It was an ex­cel­lent cup-tie. But un­for­tu­nately we have lost again at home.

“I couldn’t have asked the play­ers that we have se­lected to give us more ef­fort.

“The spirit is good. But there is some­thing amaz­ingly wrong at the mo­ment be­cause we can’t turn our ef­forts into goals.

“We have eight play­ers on our pay­roll that are out in­jured. But I thought we gave a good ac­count of our­selves for long pe­ri­ods.” STAR MAN: Calvin Davies (Bog­nor) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

GOAL­BOUND: Ma­cauley Bonne opens the scor­ing for the O’s

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