Junior cup victory for Lea Sports PSG

Lea Sports PSG duly collected their second trophy of the season with a narrow Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup 2-1 victory over Pavenham at Arlesey Town.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 17th May 2011, 2:34 pm

It was the PSG boys who so nearly had the perfect start to the contest, Martin Collins bringing a fine save out of Pavenham goalkeeper Elliott Wheldon with just two minutes showing on the watch, before the opening exchanges developed into a cagey affair with neither side quite able to boss the park.

Yet with 17 minutes gone, PSG broke the deadlock.Collins robbing Amar Sira of the ball some 30 yards out before delivering the perfect finish past Wheldon to give his side the lead.

Pavenham’s first real chance of the game didn’t arrive until the half-hour mark when Nick Atkins fired in a effort which PSG goalkeeper Lukasz Nowicki dealt with at ease, but just five minutes later they came up with an equalizing goal.

Tom Rodger from close range saw Nowicki show his class to divert his effort around his uprights but from Stuart Beasley’s resulting flag kick, on the far post was Tim Ellis to head home and take the teams in at half-time all square and all to play for in the second period.

Pavenham goalkeeper Wheldon was again back in action 10 minutes into the new period to save a Collins effort fired in from range, but just 60 seconds later he must have been the most relieved man in the stadium, after rushing off his line to foul James Awofisan outside his area, to see referee Corey Mayes only deem his action a yellow card offence.Who said it was Friday the 13th?

However, Awofisan was to gain his revenge just nine minutes later when after Collins had inter-linked with him inside the Pavenham penalty box he slotted what turned out to be the cup-winning goal past Wheldon for a 2-1 scoreline.

Pavenham were far from accepting defeat, Sira placing an effort just over the crossbar before Awofisan should have put the contest beyond their recall 14 minutes from time. Darting into the Pavenham penalty box unchallenged somehow from close range he pushed his final effort wide of Wheldon’s posts.

This miss so nearly proving costly four minutes later but for Nowicki producing a flying save at full stretch to keep out a John Coles blockbuster. The closing effort of the game then so nearly saw a third PSG goal, Ken Okolie’s curling effort just inches off target.

The match was watched by a crowd of 95.

Lea Sports PSG ; Lukasz Nowicki, James Smith, Dean Lewis, Ryan Coote, Dion Brown, Rory Smith, Hayden Fletcher, Glen Collins, Ken Okolie, James Awofisan, Martin Collins, Subs Used ; Tommy Feeney and Paul Collins.

Pavenham ; Elliott Wheldon, David Netherway, Thomas Ellis, James Styles, Alan Craigen, Stuart Beasley, Josh Martiello, Nick Atkins, Amar Sira, Tom Rodger, John Coles, Sub Used; Dan Gray.