Old Boys book their place in FA Cup quarter-finals

Wednesday 16th February 2022 3:00 pm
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DHSOB's Dean France escapes from Foxdale's Filipe Santos, Foxdale's Liam Cannan looks on (left) during their FA Cup 1st round match that saw the Premier League side win 2-1 (Photo: Paul Hatton) ()

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DHSOB navigated their passage through to the ECAP FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Foxdale at Blackberry Lane on Saturday afternoon.

But this victory wasn’t straightforward for the hosts. The cup match was mostly a ’slog fest’ with both sides battling it out on the soft, muddy turf which saw the pitch resemble those from Match of the Day circa 1970s come full-time.

Most of the opening passages were fought in midfield but it was the visitors who took an early lead when Jason Charmer beat the offside trap, rounding goalkeeper Sam Holliday before tucking the ball home.

Foxdale’s Scott Kermeen and Old Boys’ Robbie Ward both sent efforts wide at either end of the pitch, before Dean France went close for the hosts as well when he unleashed a shot which forced Andy Ball to make an impressive save.

It wasn’t long before the goalkeeper was called into action again when saving Ward’s header.

It was during this spell that DHSOB equalised as Danny Corrin crossed for Ward to apply the telling touch to make it 1-1.

Jay Chatwood and Craig Stewart fired long-range efforts straight at their opposite number ones as both teams entered the changing rooms on level terms.

After the break, Ward’s free-kick from just outside the box was repelled by Ball.

The Miners then went close to restoring their lead when Chatwood’s flick found Charlie Harrison free on the left but his effort was saved. Holliday was called into action again soon after, saving strikes from Liam Cannan and Kevin Pulman, the latter forcing him to tip over the crossbar.

DHSOB’s winner came on 63 minutes which was borne out of frustration from Darren Hudgeon.

The former Ramsey player let his feelings be known about a perceived lack the service and, one the occasion he did receive the ball, he cut in from the left and unleashed a low shot into the bottom right.

Indeed, Hudgeon was so annoyed that he threw off any celebratory arms around his shoulders as part of the customary goal celebration.

Foxdale were by no means finished though and, during the last quarter, they pushed for an equaliser.

Chatwood had efforts saved and hit the crossbar, while Holliday pulled off a superb save from Pulman and, on the stroke of full-time, the Old Boys number one saved at the feet of Foxdale players following a free-kick.

In the end though, the Miners couldn’t force extra-time and it was Old Boys who progressed to the quarter-final stage.

FA CUP DRAW

The draw for the quarter-finals of the ECAP FA Cup was made on Saturday evening.

With several postponed first round ties being rescheduled, the full picture won’t become clear until after this forthcoming weekend.

The winner of Saturday’s clash between Union Mills and Peel at Garey Mooar will face a tough trip to Ballafletcher to play cup holders Corinthians who defeated St George’s in the first round at the weekend - see full report on opposite page.

Having got the better of Foxdale at Blackberry Lane, DHSOB will travel to either Rushen United or Malew who face each other in a southern derby at Croit Lowey this Saturday afternoon.

Douglas Royal or bottom-of-the-table RYCOB will host either Premier League leaders Ayre United or Division Two side Gymns in the last eight of the competition.

Laxey, who were in ruthless form against Division Two strugglers Michael United at the weekend when winning 12-1, will entertain either Premier League high-flyers Ramsey or Division Two mid-table outfit Castletown at Glen Road.

l This weekend’s action will kick-off slightly earlier than usual when St John’s entertain Douglas Athletic under the floodlights at Mullen-e-Cloie on Friday evening.

A win for the Saints would see them leapfrog Onchan at the top of Division Two league table on goal difference.

With a raft of FA Cup games taking centre stage on Saturday afternoon, there’s only one match scheduled in the Canada Life Premier League.

In a quirk of the fixture list, the game in question is a repeat of the FA Cup clash between Corinthians and St George’s who will again lock horns at Ballafletcher.

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