Saturday December 1 2018 // FA Cup second round // Attendance: 3,560 (426 Oldham Athletic supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
It is now three defeats in a row for Maidstone United after they were comfortably beaten by League Two Oldham Athletic in the second round of the FA Cup.
With leading goalscorer Blair Turgott sustaining a knee injury in the week, it was always going to be difficult for the Stones to create much going forward and apart from a short spell at the start of the second half, they never put the Lactics under significant pressure.
Maidstone’s already difficult task took just 17 minutes to get even more challenging. Aryan Tajbakhsh conceded a free-kick about 20 yards out and Gevaro Nepomuceno curled the ball into the box. It looked as though the ball was going out when Alex Finney accidentally kept it in play and Samuel Edmundson found Peter Clarke who finished from close range.
Going ahead gave the Lactics confidence and they started to push Maidstone back at every opportunity. Nepomuceno was involved once again when he whipped in a dangerous cross in from the left and Callum Lang headed over from just six yards out.
Just moments after this, Oldham went even closer. Sam Surridge was played in down the left and he quickly got a drive away which took a deflection off Jack Powell and flew up onto the bar.
The Stones were struggling to contain the visitors at times and it wasn’t until the 44th minute that Maidstone had a shot. A long ball forward from Powell was chased down by Jake Cassidy and he did well to pick out Elliott Romain with the pull-back only for Romain to strike the ball straight at Daniel Iverson in the Oldham goal. Then in first half stoppage time, Powell’s free-kick from 25 yards took a deflection and went just wide.
Six minutes after the break, the Lactics went very close to doubling their lead. A corner from Mohammed Mauouche was allowed to come to Surridge who headed the ball goalwards only for it to be blocked on the line and close to the post by Jack Paxman.
The Stones were looking more lively in early stages the second half and they might have tested Iverson when Powell carried the ball to the edge of the box. He turned and the ball eventually came out to Olu Durojaiye whose effort was wild and went deep into the Genco Stand behind the goal.
Not long after the hour, Cassidy found Romain. Just as it looked as though the Oldham defence were going to get the ball clear, they found Romain in an amongst them again as the Maidstone striker did well to make room for a shot which Iverson blocked with his legs.
But as the half wore on, the Stones began to look less threatening and they only went close once again when a 30 yard free-kick from substitute Ollie Muldoon hit the bar deep in stoppage time. By this point there was no chance of Maidstone forcing a replay as on 84 minutes, the Lactics made sure of their place in the next round. Chris O’Grady turned past Will de Havilland inside the box and from an almost impossibly tight angle, squeezed the ball past Smith at his near post.
Maidstone United: –
Oldham Athletic: Peter Clarke 17, Grant Smith 84
Maidstone United: 1. Grant Smith, 22. Michael Phillips, 6. Alex Finney (27. Dylan Florence 87), 5. Will De Havilland, 3. George McLennan, 10. Jack Paxman, 17. Olu Durojaiye (21. Ollie Muldoon 75), 28. Aryan Tajbakhsh, 8. Jack Powell, 9. Elliott Romain, 24. Jake Cassidy. Subs not used: 12. Joshua Strizovic, 23. Jack Richards, 31. Cameron Williams, 32. James Tingley
Oldham Athletic: 1. Daniel Iverson, 2. Cameron Dummigan, 4. Samuel Edmundson, 26. Peter Clarke, 23. Robert Hunt, 19. Callum Lang, 17. Christopher Missilou, 28. Mohammed Mauouche, 27. Gevaro Nepomuceno, 9. Sam Surridge, 10. Chris O’Grady. Subs not used: 7. Giles Coke, 18. Sam Graham, 22. Johan Branger, 34. Thomas Hamer, 43. Ewan McFarlane, 44. Max Norman, 59. Jack Williams.
Who was your man of the match against Oldham Athletic?
- Elliott Romain (21%, 27 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (20%, 25 Votes)
- George McLennan (17%, 22 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (15%, 19 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (9%, 12 Votes)
- Jack Powell (5%, 6 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (4%, 5 Votes)
- Dylan Florence (2%, 3 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (2%, 3 Votes)
- Alex Finney (2%, 2 Votes)
- Grant Smith (2%, 2 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (1%, 1 Votes)
- Olu Durojaiye (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 127