Kent Senior Trophy 3rd Round Report (Rochester United v St Peter)

Kent Senior Trophy  3rd round Rochester United v St Peter FC 

Played at Rochester on Saturday 24th November KO 2pm

In a keenly contested game at the home of ‘the Spartans’ as the United are known, St Peter ran out 2-1 winners, to progress to the quarter finals of the Kent Senior Trophy. The game got underway with the Jersey team playing their fluent passing style, causing the home team a number of testing moments. Rochester began to show their frustration. With some fierce tackles flying in. A late tackle on Sean Lambert caused a worrying concern with the tall centre back lying pole axed for several minutes. The resultant booking could easily have been far worse for United.

This was followed shortly after by a high tackle on captain Luke Campbell, which again delayed the restart for several minutes. The referee once again took a lenient view by only producing a yellow card.  This only caused St Peter to raise their game and some fine passing football saw young Sol Solomon go past two defenders on the right side of the area but having found himself with a clear goal scoring opportunity, his shot was too high to worry Rhys Coates in the home goal. Minutes later Daryl Wilson put another good chance past the post when he looked odds on to score. Rochester were now raising their game and causing the St Peter defence a few problems. Their best chance arriving when keeper Matt Donaldson dwelt too long on the ball and gave away possession in the penalty area. It required 3 staunch blocks to prevent the home team opening the scoring. In the 38th minute another fine through ball from Solomon found Calvin Weir just inside the Rochester area and he made no mistake in slotting the ball home to give St Peter a deserved lead. Although Rochester were beginning to win more possession the Jersey team went into half time leading by a solitary goal when with better finishing it could have been a wider margin. Half time Rochester United 0 St Peter FC 1

The second half began with St Peter team in the ascendancy. In the 50th minute Ruben Pestana sent a beautiful pass through to Wilson, who just 5 yards out put his shot just the wrong side of the keeper’s right-hand post. Shortly after following a corner Sean Lambert  struck the angle of the woodwork. In the 65th minute St Peter were made to pay for their missed opportunities when they were caught short of men at the back and Rochester seized their opportunity when the Rochester number 9 placed a fine strike wide of Donaldson to bring the scores level.  The equaliser invigorated Rochester who were now able to find a lot more space, creating opportunities but not really troubling Donaldson. Pestana and Ewing, who had worked exceptionally hard, gave way for Prince and Gallichan, the latter playing his first game after a long time out with injury was particularly impressive. In the 80th minute a fierce shot by the substitute looked to have found its target but Coates produced a fine save to turn the shot around the post. 4 minutes later Solomon hit a firm strike across the keeper narrowly missing the far post. The solid St Peter defence marshalled superbly all afternoon by Luke Campbell with Lambert, Poole, Preston and Luce ably assisting were not going to give anything away and the whistle went for fulltime with the scores even.

Extra time commenced with the game becoming more open, although it was end to end the better chances were falling to the Jersey team. Jake Prince shot narrowly wide of the keepers left hand post and in the 96th minute Solomon struck fiercely from 20 yards to force Coates into anther excellent save. Just before the end of the first period of extra time Solomon found himself in the referees note book with a late tired tackle. The second period commenced with both sides having opportunities to clinch a quarter final place. Solomon struck a beauty from 30 yards causing the home keeper to make another fine save low to his right. Just as it looked like going to penalties, with just 4 minutes remaining Daryl Wilson seized on a loose ball to fire in a shot which deflected off a defender to roll over the line past the despairing home keeper.

Having deservedly got themselves back in front, the whole team found renewed energy to ensure were not going to get any clear-cut chances. The final whistle went with the St Peter supporters on their feet acclaiming a  really good performance by their team. They now wait to see who they will face on the 19th January for a place in the semi final of this prestigious competition as Elmstead FC and Tunbridge Wells FC play their tie on Wednesday 28th November.

The St Peter FC line up: Donaldson, Preston, Campbell, Lambert, Luce, Ewing, Poole, Weir, Pestana, Solomon, Wilson.   Subs: Prince for Pestana, Gallichan for Ewing    Management Manager Gary Freeman assistants Jamie Roberts, Simon Le Rougetel, Jason Carpenter

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