Sutton United

Wright 17, 34, 37, Lafayette 20, 55, Walton 53(pen), Cadogan 60

Oyebola 68

8 January 2018
Surrey Senior Cup 2nd Round
Michael Webb
26 Tarell Annakie
33 Crossley Lema
12 David Ompreon
4 Dean Beckwith H-T Green
27 Simon Downer
22 Simon Walton
7 Japhet Mata 79 Dadey
23 Josh Taylor
9 Ross Lafayette
20 Tommy Wright H-T Agwuegbo
11 Kieron Cadogan
3 Judah Chapman
15 Leon Dadey
21 Emmanuel Yeboah
24 Ryan Green
32 Chigozie Agwuegbo

A strong Sutton side swept past Molesey to book a place in the quarter finals of the Surrey Senior Cup as those players who had failed to make the starting line-up in Saturday’s win at Gateshead responded in exactly the way U’s management would have hoped. With all five of Saturday’s substitutes, plus Kieron Cadogan and, returning from injury, Dean Beckwith, in U’s line-up there was less room for U’s academy players than there had been in the previous round against Redhill, but even though the goals were shared among the more experienced players, the youngsters who were given a chance did nothing to harm their chances of recognition later in the season.

Indeed in the early stages it was one of the academy players, Japhet Mata, who caught the eye with some pace on the right that lacked only a touch of composure with the final delivery, but when Sutton did make the breakthrough it was from a familiar source. After Simon Walton’s free kick had rebounded off the defensive wall to Kieron Cadogan on the right wing, he turned Ato Okai inside out before whipping in a fine cross which was headed home from close range by Tommy Wright. It was the first of a number of decisive contributions from Cadogan, who would end the game as Man of the Match having been involved in all but one of U’s goals, and the second came just three minutes later when he pounced on a loose ball in midfield and played a glorious pass through to Ross Lafayette, who went wide of goalkeeper Liam Allen before rolling the ball in to the net.

It was pretty clear from that point that this was unlikely to be as close as the Redhill game, and briefly it seemed as though Sutton realised this and would be able to coast through the rest of the game, but aided by some generous defending they were able to double their lead before the interval. Firstly Molesey gave the ball away on the edge of their own penalty area to Josh Taylor, who set up Wright for a low shot in off the post from the edge of he penalty area, and when they did it again three minutes later Cadogan almost made them pay with a curling shot that was tipped away by Allen at full stretch. The reprieve was brief, though, as Cadogan’s deep corner was headed back by Simon Walton and turned in by Wright to complete his hat trick.

In fact at that stage, with his two goals at Gateshead, Wright had scored five goals in 53 minutes of playing time but he was unable to add to his tally, being removed at half time along with Dean Beckwith as the academy now held a majority on the pitch with Ryan Green and Chigozie Agwuegbo, whose goal against Redhill had put U’s through to this tie. There was little respite for the visitors, though, and by the hour mark they had conceded three more. After Cadogan had sent a stinging volley across goal he produced another incisive run from just inside the Molesey half which was only ended when he was tripped by Ashby Charles as he tried to cut inside, and Walton converted the penalty. Two minutes later Cadogan ran on to a through ball but was unable to get the ball past Allen and then saw a second shot blocked before Lafayette tidied up, but the goal he deserved wasn’t long in coming as, after a neat piece of skill tight to the left touchline, he again attacked the penalty area, hurdling one desperate attempt to stop him, and exchanged passes with Lafayette before firing in to the roof of the net.

With half an hour still to go it seemed as though the final scoreline could be overwhelming but to Molesey’s great credit they refused to lie down, and Ronnie Sobowale ended a run across the penalty area with a fierce shot that was well saved by Tarell Annakie. David Ompreon had to make a fine tackle to deny Charles, before Tayo Oyebola did pull a goal back, running on to a through ball and shooting in off Annakie’s left hand post. Sobowale went close once more before the end while, as Sutton still threatened to add to their tally, Lafayette twice came close to matching Wright’s hat trick as one shot from the edge of the penalty area came back off the bar and a powerful effort soon afterwards drew a good save from Allen.

Molesey: L Allen, A Charles, A Okai (sub S Mwinie 56), C Lewington, R David, T Roles, T Oyebola(sub A Kozakis 76), D Grobler(sub D Hervavi 71), R Stanislaus, R Sobowale, A Lodge. Subs n/u J Camara, K McCalla. Booked: Okai.