Second half turnaround secures London APSA’s semi-final spot

PUBLISHED: 10:14 24 April 2014

London APSA manager Zakir Hussain

London APSA manager Zakir Hussain


Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy quarter-final: Eton Manor 1 London APSA 2

London APSA overturned a 1-0 half time deficit to secure a spot in the semi-final of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.

Second half goals from Vendel Nunes and Josh Thomas turned the tie in APSA’s favour after the home side led at the break thanks to Ashley Wackers penalty.

There was no real spell of dominance for either team in the opening 20 minutes, but the best effort came courtesy of Keith Oppong struck the bar as he got on the end of Jordge Sambu’s flick on, while Thomas also had a low free kick from 25 yards saved smartly and held by Wilson Boatakig.

The hosts were not without chances either as captain Joe Lustig smashed over from 25 yards after a corner was cleared to the skipper.

Eton Manor could arguably have had a penalty too with Ian Steele appeared to have caught the Eton Manor attacker but referee deemed both to have fouled each other and ordered a drop-ball.

But they did get a penalty in the end though when Felix Pyne pulled down Shomai Barnwell in the box. Wackers stepped up and sent Manuel Selva the wrong way to give the home side the half-time lead.

APSA needed a quick response and they could not have asked for a better one. Fahad Nyanja cleared a ball from defence which found it’s way to Nunes.

He jinked his way in and around three players to break free, clear on goal and used the outside of his right foot to finish beautifully into the far corner to equalise within two minutes of the restart.

The game became very scrappy after that but APSA found what proved to be the matchwinner on 74 minutes when D’Sean Theobalds picked up the ball and played a reverse pass to Thomas.

The striker turned his man inside out and fired an early shot from the edge of the box hard and low into the bottom corner.

Theobalds has a shot cleared off the line five minutes later as they looked to seal the win, but in the end Thomas’ goal saw APSA march into the semi-finals.

London APSA: Selva, Steele, Bapu, Pyne, Nyanja, Agdelen, Sambu, , Theobalds, Nunes, Oppong, Thomas

Unused subs: Djalo, Gomes

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