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Thame Rangers FC
Marston Saints FC
Wed 19 Sep 19:45 - Cup Full time

Saints edged out in Extra Time

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Saints lose Senior Cup tie after extra time despair.

It was yet more despair for Saints last night at the ASM Stadium in their Senior Cup tie against Thame Rangers FC, it was a similar story as the recent League games where Saints started the brighter. Saints were the first off the mark when Sean Jacob cut in from the left and hit a right footed shot on the edge of the penalty area past the diving Rangers keeper to make it 0-1 to the visitors. Then midway through the first half Saints were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal, Jordi Mulvany (pictured) making his full debut stepped up and curled his right footed strike into the top corner to put Saints in the driving seat. Marston were enjoying the better of possession in wet and windy conditions, but were playing the better football against a team from a higher League and took their 0-2 into the half time break.
Rangers made two changes at the break which had an instant impact when they hit two goals early in the half to pull level, but, Saints got their 3rd when Luke Cuff found himself one on one with the keeper and side footed his shot inside the far post to make it 2-3. Rangers weren't finished though and with 10 mins to go got the equaliser, to draw the match level and force the game into extra time. Matty Holton, Eddie Parker and Tom Parker came off the bench to add some fresh legs in midfield and up top, as Saints looked to get the much needed goal. But when Luke Day picked up a knock a shuffle was needed and Rangers took advantage with a 4th in the first period of extra time. Marston didn't give up though and when they got themselves a corner with 5 minutes to go even Harry Jenkins went up for it, as the ball came in Benji Cuff rose at the back post but his header went agonisingly wide of the post. Then with tired legs starting to take their toll on the Saints defence, Rangers got their 5th with the last kick of the game and put an end to Saints Senior Cup exploits.

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Jenkins, Harry Jenkins, Harry
Cuff, Benji Cuff, Benji
Hafiz, Aftab Hafiz, Aftab
Day, Luke Day, Luke
Harris-Steele, Kyle Harris-Steele, Kyle
Swain, Guy Swain, Guy
Jacob, Sean Jacob, Sean
Mulvany, Jordi Mulvany, Jordi
West, Joshua West, Joshua
Cuff, Luke Cuff, Luke
Green, Ben Green, Ben

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