First Division Cup Third Round awaits the blues...
By Rylands FC
Moran nets a screamer and Podge is the penalty hero in thrilling cup tie at Abbey Hulton...
Rylands turned their attention to the Hallmark Security League First Division Cup on Saturday with an away trip to the in-form Abbey Hulton United.
At a windy Drayton Beaumont Park, the blues made six changes to the side which suffered defeat at St Martins the week before.
The blues made a disastrous start to the game when in the first minute, Angelo Errico released Tyler Savage down the left hand side, who’s deep cross found captain, Joshua Tune at the back post who’s effort squirmed past the returning Graeme McCall in the Rylands goal and over the line.
The visitors responded well and good play down the left between Ste Wolhuter and Liam Moran resulted in a cross just evading the waiting Tom Croughan.
After a spell of sustained possession, the scores were level in the twelth minute when Steve Boothman’s effort from distance was parried by the ‘keeper and Croughan reacted first to place home an equaliser.
Croughan levels from close range...
Both sides continued to battle competitively, and an opportunity came for Rylands shortly before the interval when Elliott Jones released Jack Woolley in behind the left back, who closed in on the angle but his cross was snuffed out the defence.
HALF TIME: ABBEY HULTON 1 v 1 RYLANDS
Rylands were quick out of the blocks in the second half and controlled possession. Warren Gerrard, Jones and Boothman were linking up well in the middle of the park, bringing a number of half-chances.
In the fifty-eighth minute, the blues took the lead when some slick one-touch play from Wolhuter, Jones, Gerrard and Boothman found its way to Liam Moran, who spun his man twenty yards and thrashed an effort in to the top corner, opening his Rylands account in sublime fashion.
Moran celebrates is spectular first goal in Rylands colours...
The hosts made a couple of substitutes which brought a halt to the Rylands momentum and the lively Errico down the left hand side provided a number of crosses and set piece deliveries, but McCall was on hand to avert the danger with some commanding punches and catches.
Chances came again for the blues however, with Moran scuffing an attempted bicycle kick straight in to the ‘keeper’s hands, before Boothman played in Croughan who was denied by the feet of Holding when in one-on-one.
As the game drew to a close, Abbey Hulton threw everything they had at the blues’ back line. Substitute, Stuart Wellstead had a chance on the counter after skipping inside the full back, but his effort went way off target.
Rylands stood firm to continued pressure from corners, free kicks and crosses, however in the eighty-ninth minute, the hosts were awarded a free kick twenty-five yards out which Lazenby struck at goal. The low effort took a couple of deflections on the way through and found its way past McCall to almost certainly take the game to a penalty shootout.
The blues found time for once chance before the final whistle, when Jones crossed for Wellstead, but the Rylands striker was slightly off balance and headed over the bar.
FULL TIME: ABBEY HULTON 2 v 2 RYLANDS
The match was taken to a penalty shootout to determine who would progress in to the third round, and the blues were put in the driving seat when McCall saved the hosts first two efforts, while Riley, Gerrard and debutant Nevil Picton made no mistake.
Penalty hero McCall saves from the spot..
A window of opportunity appeared for Abbey Hulton after Wellstead missed Rylands’ 4th penalty, but Harry Molyneux took last and fired home to send the blues in to the hat for the next round which is drawn on Monday night.
Rylands: 1. Graeme McCall, 2. Jack Woolley (17. Nevil Picton ’74), 3. Ste Wolhuter, 4. Gary Kenny ©, 5. Carl Lownsbrough, 6. Harry Molyneux, 7. Warren Gerrard, 8. Elliott Jones, 9. Tom Croughan (14. Stuart Wellstead ’70), 10. Liam Moran, 11. Steve Boothman (12. George Riley ’85)
Subs not used: 15. Jay White, 16. Tom Parry
"We made a really poor start, conceding in the first minute but we showed good character coming back in to the game and taking control. We didn't create too many clear cut opportunities but we were always knocking on the door and deserved to go in level at the break. We asked for a bit more quality at half time and we certainly played better in the second half. Our second goal was a wonderful team move finished sensationally by Liam. We had chances to kill the game and were punished for not doing so by conceding in the last minute, but a special mention to 'Podge' in goal who made two really good saves in the shootout. We're in the hat for the next round which is what we wanted and we look forward to seeing who we're paired with in Monday's draw and we also look forward to returning to Abbey Hulton later in the season."
Full Match Photo Gallery by Lee Wolstencroft available on the club's Facebook page here
The blues next match kicks off at 3PM on Saturday 13th October when the blues travel to New Mills in the Hallmark Security League First Division South at Church Lane, SK22 4NP.