Goal-happy Ely’s Cru-ise to victory
Under-8 Ely Crusaders 8 Waterbeach B 1 HAT-TRICKS from George Leech and Lewis Hook, including a goal from within his own half, helped Crusaders to an emphatic win. Ely had a healthy 4-0 advantage at half-time and, after another goal from each team,
Ely Crusaders 8 Waterbeach B 1
HAT-TRICKS from George Leech and Lewis Hook, including a goal from within his own half, helped Crusaders to an emphatic win.
Ely had a healthy 4-0 advantage at half-time and, after another goal from each team, went on to score four more without reply.
James Barrett and Jordan Marston both scored a goal each but Edward Frodsham won the man of the match award for his excellent all-round contribution.
Crusaders squad: Barrett, Brown, Felton, Frodsham, Funnell, Hook, Jeckells, Leech, Marston, Scarborough, Spittles.
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Burwell Tigers A 0 Soham Town Colts 3
SOHAM went into the game hoping to continue their recent success and they didn't disappoint.
The match was close at the start but the strong Soham defence kept the Burwell attacks at bay.
A Ged Montana brace gave Soham a 2-0 half-time lead. Then, in the dying minutes, Thomas Duncan ran past two players before slotting home.
Soham man of the match: Nathan Brown.
Burwell Swallows 4 Stretham Sporting 1
A FINE game of football ended with a well-deserved Burwell win, although the scoreline was slightly flattering.
Harry Alexander gave Stretham the lead, but Burwell struck back with two goals from Thomas Noels, and one each from Alexander Cornwell and Michael Davies.
Sutton Rangers 0 Haddenham Rovers Colts 1
HADDENHAM continued their run of good form with a narrow victory over spirited opponents.
Haddenham dominated the early stages with the front three of Matthew Wright, Joshua Lowe and Kieran Petty all coming close.
When the only goal came it was an excellent team effort. Jake Alsop played it out of defence to Kieran Petty and, from his pass, man of the match Joshua Lowe struck first time into the corner of the net.
Haddenham pressed for further goals but the Sutton defence made some superb last-ditch tackles.
Haddenham squad: Matthew Wright, William Darlington, Jake Alsop, Nicholas Threadgold, Kieran Petty, Joshua Lowe, Ricky Sawyer, Joseph Alsop, Matthew Beary.
Witchford Colts AB 5 Ely Crusaders 3
WITCHFORD claimed their first win over Ely in a cracking match.
There wasn't much between them and there were superb goals from both teams. Matthew Loades and Nathan Francis each grabbed a double for Witchford and Euan Gilmour was their other scorer.
Witchford squad: Sam Gulliver, Nathan Parker, Nathan Francis, Euan Gilmour, Matthew Loades, Daniel Chapman, Ruirdiah MacDonald and Harry Braybrooke.
Sawston United 2 Ely Crusaders A 6
EXCELLENT performances from Fraser Crossman and Jonathan Humphry helped Ely Crusaders to a fine win in this goal-fest.
Tireless Ely captain Oliver Bailey struck two stunning goals. The impressive Tejay O'Keeffe also got his name on the scoresheet for Ely.
A couple of momentary lapses allowed Sawston to pull back two goals, but Ely went on to take control and were rewarded when Crusaders goalkeeper Liam Walker saved a fiercely-struck spot-kick in the 40th minute.
Further goals from Luke Brown (2) and Ryan Dean ensured Ely's place in the next round.
Ely Crusaders A squad: Liam Walker, Tejay O'Keeffe, Jordan Rowsel, Aiden Merry, Fraser Crossman, Jonathan Humphry, Ryan Dean, Oliver Bailey (C), Luke Brown.
Soham Town Colts 3 Burwell Tigers 1
MAN of the match Tom Morris struck twice to give Soham a fine win.
After a strong start from both sides, Paul Masterton put Soham ahead before the break. Tom Morris doubled their lead with a fine strike early in the second half, but Burwell fought hard and quickly pulled back a goal.
Soham's incisive passing made the difference and led to another chance for Morris, who finished with aplomb.
Both goalkeepers produced some excellent saves.
Littleport Town 1 Over Sports 2
DESPITE defeat, Littleport displayed excellent team spirit and attitude.
Luke Thompson gave the home side an early lead after good passing from Ashton Oakes and Nico Bishop.
'Port controlled the rest of the first half but failed to take their chances.
Over piled on the pressure in the second half and two goals from corners proved decisive.
Littleport squad: Sam Barker, Charlie Bowditch (c), Ben Jewitt, Jake Kennedy, Kiaran Phillips, Arron Heaps, Joseph Murfitt, Aston Oakes, Jake Browning, Luke Thompson, Nico Bishop, Josh Tollett, Ben Hawkins, Jed Oak-Leigh.
Witchford Colts 7 Cambridge Musketeers 0
THE visitors contributed to a flowing game but were unfortunate to catch Witchford on a good day.
Witchford's goals came from Sam Rasdall (3), Carl Lightfoot (2), Jamie Woor and man of the match Jack Halls.
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Soham Town Colts 1 Waterbeach Colts 2
BOTH teams started the game well but with few chances being created.
Waterbeach took the lead after 11 minutes and soon added a second when defensive errors at the near post saw a corner find its way into the net.
Soham scored a minute into the second half when Liam Allgood, back from long-term injury, received a decisive pass from Ross Pears and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Soham dominated the second half, with their best efforts coming from Chris Smith, who hit the bar and saw a shot go just wide.
Jordan Doughty played well in Soham's defence to resist some counter-attacks but, despite this dominance and continual pressure, Waterbeach defended resolutely and progressed to the quarter-finals.
Fordham 2 Ely City 2
A FINE double-save from the Fordham keeper denied Ely the win.
Ely got off to the perfect start when Codie Couzens calmly chipped the ball over the keeper, and things got even better when Will Law made a powerful run down the right and crashed in a superb shot to make it 2-0.
Yet Fordham pulled back a goal before the break and then put City under intense pressure in the second half, with goalkeeper Ryan Collins pulling off a string of fine saves.
Fordham eventually equalised from a free-kick in the 70th minute.
City came back into the game and had a great chance to win it when Law and Matt Waites broke free, but the Fordham stopper's heroics ensured the points were shared.
Witchford 3 SOS 2000 3
A DRAW was a fair result from this strongly-contested game.
Witchford started brightly but were unable to capitalise on their efforts and went behind midway through the first half to a breakaway goal.
They soon pulled level through Sophie Minall, finishing from close range following good work from Meg Jones, who herself put Witchford in front two minutes later with a good solo effort, but SOS drew level just before half-time.
SOS took the lead after an own goal, but Witchford equalised though a Terri Martin free-kick.
Witchford were denied the win in the final minute when a superb save by the SOS keeper kept Chelsea Morley's effort out.
Witchford girl of the game: Amy Johnson.
Witchford squad: Lucy Boyce, Nic Housden, Amy Johnson, Terri Martin, Ellis Taylor, Emma Craven, Emily Mynott, Becky Rawling, Sarah Oldham, Meg Jones, Chelsea Morley, Sophie Minall.
Ely Crusaders 4 Little Downham 2
CRUSADERS resisted a late comeback to take a superb win.
Ely dominated the first half but it took them 25 minutes to take the lead through Martin Collier. Tom Padmore then scored with a 30-yard screamer to give Ely a 2-0 lead at the break.
Collier scored his second, 11 minutes into the second half, before the visitors pulled back a goal. But Dan Simper got the fourth to settle the match, before Little Downham scored a late second.
Ely Crusaders squad: Scott, Young, Hopkin, Simper, Miller, Padmore, Carter, McGlinchy, Collier, Fordham, Baker, Goff, Keeble, Nangle, Young, Flemming, Balcombe, Kupka.
Littleport Town 7 Thetford Eagles 1
FIVE second-half goals helped Littleport to an easy win.
After the visitors took the lead, Littleport sparked into life and two Sean Monigatti headers from free-kicks put them in front at the break.
Littleport were relentless in the second half and, after an own goal, a fierce drive from John Bartlett made it 4-1.
The dispirited visitors offered little resistance and after Nick Seaman and James Elliott added a goal each, Monigatti completed the rout and his hat-trick in the dying minutes.
Littleport squad: Rob Wilson, Adam Reckless, Matt Fuller, John Kelly, Lee Fuller, Luke Williams, John Bartlett, Sam Males, James Elliot, Dan Bell, Sean Monigatti, Tom Evans, Nick Seaman, Ryan Middleton.