First Team vs. Farsley AFC (2 : 4)

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 - 19:45
League Cup

It may be a well-worn cliché, but it really was a game of two halves at Throstles Nest on Tuesday night, writes Stuart James. Having bossed the first half and gone in two goals to the good, Sheffield capitulated to a four goal response, sending Farsley through to the last eight of the Doodson Cup. 

On a bitterly cold night it was the Villagers who made the first opening, with Gibraltar International Adam Priestley having a great chance inside the first five minutes, with Joe Green having to be at his best to deny an early breakthrough. Instead the opening goal came at the other end on ten minutes, as a Kieran Walker long throw was cleared back out to the wing, and when WALKER chipped the ball back into the mix it was missed by everyone and nestling in the far corner of the net. 

Sheffield’s own International star should have doubled the lead moments later, as a Warren Burrell through ball picked out Zeph Thomas, with the St Kitts and Nevis striker unable to lift the ball over the keeper. Farsley almost responded immediately, as Luke Porritt went on a mazy solo run through the middle of the Club defence, forcing another good stop from Green. 

It was 2-0 on 33 minutes, as the Farsley defence was caught napping at a John McGrath corner, allowing HADFIELD to rise above everyone to nod home from ten yards out. Sheffield should have been out of sight in the last ten minutes of the half, as the confidence soared and some wonderful football from McGrath saw the midfielder skip through the defence, with Stirrup unable to direct an easy looking finish towards the goal. 

Even closer was Ash Longstaff, as his volley on the turn was finger tipped by Tom Taylor, with the ball agonisingly rattling the bar. 

The failure to capitalise on the dominance was to cost Sheffield dearly after the break, as Farsley came out of the blocks at breakneck speed, and within minutes the hosts were back in the game. It took just four minutes to pull one back, with Porritt sending the ball into the middle, where PRIESTLEY was there to finish smartly on the turn. 

It was all Farsley from hereon in, and with the snow making conditions tricky for both sides, the hosts went on an all-out assault. The equaliser came on the hour mark, as a corner was diverted goalbound by Harris, with Green only able to parry the ball to the feet of GRANT who made no mistake from inches out. 

Two minutes later and the tide was completely turned, with Spencer Harris adding another assist with a slide-rule through pass that dissected the Sheffield defence, giving NIGHTINGALE a relatively easy finish from the edge of the box. 

Club tried to claw themselves back into the box, but were unable to convert the chances, with both Ash Longstaff and James Gregory having great opportunities to level the tie. 

With Sheffield pressing forward in the dying minutes, Farsley could have killed it, as debutant Jamie Tonkinson had a great chance only to stub the finish. Seconds later though the youngster played the key part in making it 4-2 in injury time, as Tonkinson burst down the right wing, unselfishly and sensibly squaring to PRIESTLEY who had the easiest task to slam the ball home and win the tie for the home side.  

Farsley AFC: Taylor, Aspin (Cromack), Serrant, O’Brien, Riley, Harris (Exton), Nightingale, Daly, Priestley, Porritt (Tonkinson), Grant. Sub not used: Lofthouse.

Sheffield FC: Green, Obed (Roney), Turner, McGrath (Knowles), Hadfield, Walker, Stirrup (Algar), Burrell, Longstaff, Thomas, Gregory. Sub not used: Ludlam.

Attendance: 
83

Man of the Match: 
Warren Burrell

Players

Squad Player Goals
Richard Stirrup ©
83
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Ashley Longstaff more
Rhema Obed
68
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Kieran Walker O more
Zeph Thomas more
Ben Turner more
James Gregory more
John McGrath
83
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Warren Burrell more
Joe Green more
Jamie Hadfield O more
Substitutes
Squad Player Goals
James Knowles
83
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Ben Algar
83
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Matt Roney
68
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