Greasley MW U14 4
Keyworth Utd 1
EASTWOOD produced a flattering scoreline to progress to the quarter-finals of the Notts Shield in their first match since mid-November.
Greasley were second best in most departments to a side half way down the division below.
If not for some solid defending by Tom Stockton and Ste Hatherley together with an excellent goalkeeping display from James Fogg this could have turned into an embarrassment.
It started brightly for the home side when a Sam Meakin corner was headed home by Aaron Coyle followed by another Meakin assist to set up Coyle again to fire home from ten yards.
Soon after the break Keyworth reduced the deficit when Greasley allowed a player to waltz into the box unchallenged where he duly took his chance.
It was then Fogg kept his side in front. Two stunning saves even gained applause from the visiting spectators.
Stockton and Hatherley both had to be alert to make timely tackles when midfielders broke away.
Then with six minutes left Josh Baker put everyone at ease when his quick turn of pace saw him burst through the middle to fire a shot through the keeper’s hands into the net.
With a deflated Keyworth still picking themselves up Baker put them out of their misery with another smart finish to give his side the win albeit way below their best.
James Fogg was the obvious choice for man of the match having all his team mates thanking him for putting Greasley into the quarter finals where they will travel to face Sherwood in February.
Eastwood Town Girls U12 0
Derby County Black 8
Eastwood struggled to shake off the winter blues to get motivated for this Cup game, their first in several weeks due to the adverse weather.
Put simply, they were crushed by the Derby onslaught, though it may be a blessing that they got this out of their system before their league campaign resumes.
Derby got five of their goals in the first-half. Their opener was the outcome of a goal-mouth scramble in the Eastwood box, but the second was more skilful, a well-struck shot off a good cross from the right.
Derby notched three more before the break, and dominated throughout, but Eastwood did create something.
A good long ball from Jade Banner ended up going for an Eastwood corner. Natalie Drury received the ball on the edge of the box from the corner, but the keeper smothered her strike.
Sophia Bonser also had a shot saved from a tight angle.
Unreliable defending and consistent failure to retain the ball up-front were Eastwood’s main problems.
Derby made it six shortly after the break, and ended up with eight, but Eastwood improved slightly in the second-half and contained their opponents better.
Annie Richardson put in a good spell, creating what was probably her team’s best move of the match with a clever knock around a Derby defender but her advance was ultimately thwarted by the keeper.
Buoyed by their second-half improvement, Eastwood will hopefully get back into the swing of match-action and quickly get back to their best.