Report and reaction from a big ECFA Cup win for Harriers…
By Matty Paddock - 07/02/2019
Posted 2 weeks ago
Harriers Academy were convincing 6-1 winners in their ECFA Premier Cup tie against Strode College this week, writes Elliot Ball.
Harriers went ahead in the 17th minute after a loose ball in the area was picked up by Reiss Taylor-Randle who finished from close range.
Strode College were very nearly back on level terms after a header crashed off the crossbar and needed Dutton to shepherd the ball out of play. It was a miss they’d pay for, however, as Harriers added further goals to their tally; first, Cartwright finished off McCarthy’s cross before the latter hit a sublime effort from outside the area to beat a helpless goalkeeper.
It could have been even more before the break when McCarthy found himself with just the keeper to beat, but the Strode goalkeeper produced a brilliant save to keep the score at 3-0 going into half-time.
Early in the second half, Taylor-Randle’s brilliant ball picked out Cartwright, who had a simple finish to secure his brace and the fourth Harriers goal of the day.
After a plenty of pressure, the Strode College defence was broken again in the 65th minute after they failed to pick up Collins who found his way behind the defence to calmly finish into the bottom corner to make it 5-0.
“It’s nice to get on the score sheet and contribute to the team…” Nathaniel Christie
Six minutes later and Harriers scoring was finally wrapped up when Nathaniel Christie connected to a well-worked cross to finish into the bottom corner.
The Reds were left frustrated after they failed to keep their clean sheet when the visitors converted a late penalty to make the score 6-1.
After the match, Christie reflected on the well-deserved victory, saying: “We just started off playing how we usually play, high intensity, playing through the defence and pressing when they had the ball.
“Our attack played their game and they couldn’t handle the intensity that we gave them.
“I think the passes could have been a little quicker, better and we could have got into the game more.
“We could have been more clinical if I’m being honest, but we got the win to get through to the next round.”
Of the goal he netted, Christie added: “It’s nice to get on the score sheet and contribute to the team but, as a whole, the team’s been brilliant.”
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