FOOTBALL: Surprise Sports Cup win for Coningsby against Kirton

Tom Sewell, who scored Coningsby's first goal in the cup match with Kirton Town. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-141116-170436001
Tom Sewell, who scored Coningsby's first goal in the cup match with Kirton Town. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-141116-170436001

Coningsby FC 3-2 Kirton Town

Kirton Town visited Coningsby FC on Saturday for the second round of the Sports Cup.

Since the visitors were in a higher division than Coningsby it was a surprise to see that the teams initially seemed so well matched.

However Kirton scored after 20 minutes following a sequence of cross field passes in front of the home goalmouth that confused the defenders long enough to enable the ball to be tapped in.

Coningsby changed gear at this point and took charge of the play making scoring chances but not converting them into goals until 10 minutes before half time when, after a three-man full-throttle charge into the Kirton box, Tom Sewell booted the ball past the ‘keeper who had travelled too far forward to meet the attackers.

Just before the break Jamie Todd scored another with a long sizzling volley from the left wing. 23 minutes into the second half Coningsby made the mistake of leaving their goalie unsupported and three Kirton attackers easily manoeuvred round him to score the equaliser.

From this point frustration levels steadily rose and even a spate of substitutions could not break the stalemate and the game inevitably went into extra time even though the light was fading fast.

The deadlock was eventually broken after 15 minutes when Sean Taylor scored a penalty for Coningsby which remained unanswered until the final whistle.