Essex Senior League: Clapton exit London Senior Cup after loss to Ryman South side Greenwich Borough
PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 December 2016
Ajani Domingo Carrington and Nathan Cook on target for Tons at Old Spotted Dog, but they suffered defeat
Clapton were outclassed by Ryman South outfit Greenwich Borough last night in the first round of the London Senior Cup.
The Tons put up a brave fight against a side managed by ex-Leyton Orient forward Gary Alexander, yet bowed out after a 5-2 defeat.
Kick-off at the Old Spotted Dog was briefly delayed after the referee was forced to move what appeared to be dog waste.
When play finally did get underway, it was an even contest with Clapton doing well against higher league opposition.
The class of the visitors was demonstrated in the 11th minute, however, when Michael Power lashed home from 25-yards.
Jon Fowell’s team responded midway through the first half, although only due to a fortuitous moment.
Alexander went to clear a loose ball, yet smashed it against Clapton’s Ajani Domingo-Carrington and it beat Craig Holloway to level the scores.
But Greenwich were back in front just past the half an hour mark when Power was brought down inside the area and converted the spot-kick.
Three minutes later, in the 34th minute, it was 3-1 to the visitors when Billy Dunn fired home after Tons couldn’t clear a cross.
It remained that way until half time and after the break Clapton’s cause got a whole lot harder when Siao Blackwood received his marching orders in the 49th minute following an off-the-ball incident.
Greenwich made their numerical advantage count on the hour mark when Dunn tapped home after Richie Robins had saved his initial effort.
Clapton managed to hold out for a while until five minutes from time when Mohamed Eisa drilled into the bottom corner to make it 5-1.
Fowell’s team did have the final say on proceedings just before the 90 minutes were up when Nathan Cook fired low into the net.
It was a battling display by Clapton, yet Greenwich’s class ensured the Essex Senior League club exited the competition.
No official attendance has been given, although it was expected to be another low crowd with the Ultras continuing their boycott due to an increase in ticket prices without warning and the introduction of invasive security checks prior to entry into the stadium.
Greenwich boss Alexander tweeted: “A good night’s work. All the best to Clapton for the rest of the season. I hope the problems get resolved.”
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