County Cup cruise Jones and Mooney hit two apiece in win

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

SAM Jones and Kelsey Mooney scored two goals apiece as Chel­tenham Town cruised through to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Glouces­ter­shire Se­nior Chal­lenge Cup with a 6-0 win against Man­gots­field United.

It was a chance for the fringe mem­bers of the squad to press their claims against the Evostik South Divi­sion One South side in front of man­ager Michael Duff, be­low, who was in the dugout through­out the game.

The Robins will now face Slim­bridge in the quar­ter-fi­nals of a com­pe­ti­tion they last won in 2007.

They dom­i­nated the open­ing 45 min­utes and car­ried a three-goal ad­van­tage into the break.

Jones got the first with 14 min­utes on the clock, smash­ing an un­stop­pable strike into the top right-hand cor­ner from 20 yards. Liam Mcalin­den added the sec­ond seven min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val, turn­ing and beat­ing An­drew Han­nah, the Mangos num­ber one, from an an­gle down the left.

Kevin Daw­son had cre­ated it, and de­liv­ered the ball from the right to tee up Mooney for the third, who scored with an­other well taken ef­fort.

The vis­i­tors made a pos­i­tive start to the sec­ond half, forc­ing Rhys Lovett into a fly­ing save to deny Adam Kelly from 20 yards.

Sub­sti­tute Jake Thomas met the fol­low­ing cor­ner with a firm header, but the Chel­tenham num­ber one tipped it over.

The Robins ex­tended the lead on the hour through Jones, his sec­ond on the night.

Conor Thomas scored the fifth from the spot, beat­ing Han­nah to low to his right af­ter Chris Clements had been tripped in the penalty area by Colin Mu­goya-tabingwa.

Mooney reg­is­tered his sec­ond of the evening to com­plete the rout, meet­ing a ball from the right and fin­ish­ing neatly from 12 yards.

Sam Jones fires home the open­ing goal against Man­gots­field

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