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Invicta Defeat Corinthian in the F. A. Youth Cup

Folkestone Invicta progressed to the First Qualifying Round of this season’s competition, finally defeating Corinthian on penalties following a hard fought 1-1 draw after ninety minutes, although in truth it was a game we should have wrapped up long before the penalties.

We started the game on the front foot and with our first attack Brandon Collins played in Lucas Wade, who showed good pace to beat the full back and send in a low cross which was met by Mayona Ladapo, only for the Corinthian goalkeeper, Charles Long, to make a fantastic point-blank save.

Our opponents then had the next chance as a corner wasn’t cleared and the ball eventually reached Tyresse Bundu-Kamara just inside the penalty area, but he dragged his shot wide. Invicta had a similar chance as Corinthian failed to clear a corner and Tom Ramsden saw his shot saved low down by Long. Wade also saw his shot saved and then Collins shook off the last defender, but as he shot, central defender Harvey Baxter got in an excellent block to keep the Corinthian goal intact.

In the 28th minute, Invicta suffered a setback when Rohan O’Dea capitalised on a defensive error and squared the ball for Bundu-Kamara to turn home and put the away side a goal up, which was slightly against the run of play.

Invicta continued to press, as firstly skipper Jack Cornhill saw his thirty-yard free kick go just wide of the post and then Collins broke through but was denied by Long diving bravely at his feet. Corinthian’s Dillan Bihal picked up the game’s first yellow card for a foul on Cornhill and he could probably have counted himself a bit unlucky as there had been tackles from both sides that had probably deserved cards but received no punishment. Bihal was then fouled himself on the edge of the area, but his free kick was saved by Connor Collins and the teams went into the interval with the away side holding a 1-0 advantage.

The second half continued in the same vein with Invicta making the majority of chances, as Collins has a chance within the first twenty seconds of the half, Luca Borrello shot wide after good interplay between Ladapo and Collins and then Ramsden shot wide having been set up by Ladapo. We then picked up a booking as Liam O’Donnell clashed heads with Bihal, which unfortunately left the Corinthian midfielder concussed and after a long stoppage having to go off, hopefully he’ll recover soon. This left Corinthian with ten men for the last twenty minutes as although they had named two other substitutes on the bench neither of them came on.

This made our opponents task even harder as we continued to press for the equaliser as Long again bravely dived at Collins’ feet to foil the centre forward, which resulted in a further stoppage as he received treatment, but thankfully he was okay to carry on. Invicta finally got the goal they deserved in the closing minutes, when the two substitutes combined as Lloyd Boateng showed some good skill to get his cross in and George Edghill slammed the ball home. So, that was it and this season in the F.A. Youth Cup, if a game is level after ninety minutes it’s straight to penalties, no extra time.

Lucas Wade score first for Invicta and then Connor Collins made a good save diving to his right to keep out Corinthian’s first penalty from Liam Morgan. Mayona Lapado, Jacob Emery and Tom Ramsden then all scored for Invicta, whilst Joe Salmon, Billy Edwards and Rohan O’Dea did likewise, before Brandon Collins scored the fifth and decisive penalty to wrap up a 5-3 shoot-out win and a place in the next round.

Tonight’s Teams;

Folkestone Invicta; Connor Collins, Luca Borrello (Lloyd Boateng, 61 mins), Jacob Emery, Jack Mahony (George Edgell, 83 mins), Jack Cornhill, Liam O’Donell, Louis Howard, Lucas Wade, Brandon Collins, Tom Ramsden & Mayona Ladapo, (subs not used; Sanjit Sanwar, Tallin Cartwright & Meron Mebrahtu).

Corinthian; Charles Long, Fred Hayes, Billy Edwards, Jack Wilkins, Joe Wallis, Harvey Baxter, Tyresse Bundu-Kamara (Liam Morgan, 59 mins), Joe Salmon, Rohan O’Dea, Dillan Bihal & Raj Sahni, (subs not used; Rio Dhani & Hayden Exall).   

We will now be at home against either Dulwich Hamlet or East Grinstead Town, who are playing on Friday, kick-off 7:00pm, in the First Qualifying Round, scheduled for week commencing Monday 21st September.

We are at home again on Sunday, when Sevenoaks Town (Team 1 as they’ve got 2 in the Division) visit for a Kent Youth League Premier Division game, kick-off 11:00am.