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2nd half slump seals Worcester City U15's JPL Shield exit

2nd half slump seals Worcester City U15's JPL Shield exit

By Scott Fenn
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Two-goal lead squandered in 'game of two halves'


City bowed out of the Nerf JPL Shield but only have themselves to blame after letting slip a two-goal lead to lose 2-4 to UFCA.

In a proverbial game of two halves, City opened up a two-goal half-time lead before conceding four goals after the interval when they sat off their Leeds-based opponents, gave them a route back into the match and ended up being punished.

The morning had started off so well for the hosts when they were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes when Will Cottell drew a foul after intercepting a clearance. Jesse Asomugha coolly slotted home the spot-kick.

A brilliant turn on the byline by the striker set up a chance for Archie Thurston that was blocked as City dominated, particularly on the left, where Sam Cotton and George Hymas were linking well to put some decent crosses into the UFCA box. That said, the next chance came from the opposite flank where Oli Sheahan supplied Thurston with a headed chance.

Another cross followed a City corner that was cleared out to skipper Cian Sheehan, who hit a superb delivery that was diverted wide by Asomugha. However there was no let-off for UFCA with his next opportunity as Cottell chased down what looked like a lost cause to retrieve the ball and square for the in-form forward to side foot in.

Just before the break, home keeper Josh Reed-Jones was forced into his first save of the game as he got down well at his near post to push a shot wide.

The second-half began with City creating a great chance to extend their lead as Cotton and Guy Collett combined to play in Hymas down the left. He pulled the ball across the goal but Charlie Grubb steered wide.

Down the other end, Reed-Jones made a good block with his legs before UFCA struck the upright with a curling effort.

The away side were building momentum and they were eventually rewarded when a goalmouth scramble saw them score and, as City backed off, they were soon on level terms - their striker given way too much time to swivel in the area and shoot into the corner.

UFCA were galvanised and, after having a goal ruled out for offside, went in front from a corner.

Jamie Neath just failed to get a good connection on a cross from Asomugha, who was then deprived himself by an offside flag, as City went in search of an equaliser.

Unfortunately it was UFCA who got the game's final goal - capping their fightback with a fourth in the dying minutes and progress past City into the last eight of the competition.

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Match date

Sat 05, Jun 2021

Kickoff

11:30