Maidstone United 4-1 Cheshunt // Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round // Attendance: 1,129 // Saturday 21 September 2019
There was to be no shock at the Gallagher Stadium as Maidstone won 4-1 for the second time this season, and at the same time comfortably see off Cheshunt to progress in the FA Cup.
The Stones got off to the perfect start and raced into a two nil lead inside 12 minutes. Just five minutes had gone when Noah Chesmain’s corner was glanced in by the head of Matt McClure.
Not long after this, Dan Wishart whipped in an inviting cross from the left. Iffy Allen managed to get a touch on the ball and it looked as though it was going to be comfortably dealt with by Mark Hughes but Hughes was unable to make the clearance and Ibby Akanbi reacted quickly to get a deft touch which took the ball past Harry Girling and into the net.
Maidstone might have pulled even further ahead on 16 minutes. Iffy Allen slipped the ball into Akanbi who beat the offside trap and he elected for an early shot which cannoned off the bar.
The Stones took their foot off the gas after this though and there was then little to note until first half stoppage time when Cheshunt finally threatened. Joe Re spun and hit an effort goalwards which took a deflection and the ball went inches over the bar.
After the early stages of the second half were quiet, Cheshunt suddenly halved the deficit with 51 minutes played. Mo Camara picked up possession in midfield and strolled forward until he was still at least 35 yards out before hitting a fine precise low shot which nestled inside the left side of the net.
An attempted clearance from George Elokobi then only went as far as Re whose curling effort from close to the edge of the box didn’t miss by much. But another defensive error from Cheshunt was to prove costly on 58 minutes. Wishart appeared to be chasing a lost cause as Girling looked favourite to shepherd the ball out of play but Girling accidentally gifted Wishart possession and the Maidstone player quickly found Allen who had the simple task of knocking the ball into an unguarded net from a couple of yards out.
It wasn’t long until Girling was picking the ball out of the net again as on 65 minutes, Maidstone scored their fourth of the afternoon. This time it was Noah Chesmain’s turn to go for goal from distance and his excellent strike bounced in front of Girling before going over the diving keeper.
The Stones were in complete control by now and they had another opportunity when a ball over the top was latched onto by substitute Jake Embery. Embery headed the ball on and was forced wide but he still got a shot away which Girling stopped at his near post.
Maidstone United: Matt McClure 5, Ibby Akanbi 12, Iffy Allen 58, Noah Chesmain 65
Cheshunt: Mo Camara 51
Maidstone United:1. Jake Cole, 3. Luke Pennell, 19. Ryan Johnson, 6. George Elokobi, 12. Noah Chesmain, 17. Iffy Allen (14. Jake Embery 66), 4. Clovis Kamdjo, 18. Saidou Khan (8. Sam Corne 71), 20. Dan Wishart, 20. Matt McClure, 10. Ibby Akanbi (7. Nana Kyei 66). Subs not used: 16. Chris Lewington, 5. Lewis Knight, 9. Jonny Edwards, 11. Jacob Gilbert.
Cheshunt: 1. Harry Girling, 2. Ibrahima Diallo, 3. Ola Williams (15. Ezechukwu Ebuzoemell 81), 4. Mark Hughes, 5. Taylor McKenzie, 6. Freddy Moncur, 7. Jordan Westcott, 8. Mo Camara, 9. Tom Hitchcock, 10. Joe Re (16. Ethan Nelson-Roberts 83), 11. Sam Collins (12. Jordan Foster 67). Subs not used: 14. Joe Russell, 17. Ricky Sappleton.
Who was your man of the match against Cheshunt?
- Dan Wishart (22%, 24 Votes)
- Matt McClure (17%, 18 Votes)
- Ibby Akanbi (13%, 14 Votes)
- Noah Chesmain (10%, 11 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (9%, 10 Votes)
- George Elokobi (8%, 9 Votes)
- Sam Corne (6%, 6 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (6%, 6 Votes)
- Jake Cole (4%, 4 Votes)
- Clovis Kamdjo (2%, 2 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (1%, 1 Votes)
- Luke Pennell (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jake Embery (1%, 1 Votes)
- Nana Kyei (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 107