It was a tight game of few chances battled out on a very heavy pitch which would of sapped energy levels on a very cold night. Cod's centre forward Kane Dougherty had a decent effort well saved by 'Foster's keeper Tautis Poniskaitis just before half time with the away side's Emond Protain drawing a great save from Billy Barnes in the second half on the rare occasion there was an error made in the home defence and there was a real opening on goal.
It was Barnes who was the hero for the home side on the night as he scored the winning penalty kick to put Division One Codicote through to the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy Final which is some achievement in their fist season in the league.
Ex Towner and 'Foster's assistant manager Fabio Valenti missed the away side's first penalty which proved crucial. John Chitondo, Dougherty, Paul Donnelly, James Taylor and Barnes were all on target for Cod to send them through to the final.
including the all important penalty kicks
Special mention goes out to the Non-League Veteran Fergus Moore who played all 120 minutes at the age of 40+ which on a cold night on an unforgiving surface shows that he is firmly a footballing legend. This word gets thrown around at lots of players but Fergus is firmly in this bracket having played for Yeading, Staines Town, Uxbridge, Wealdstone (in three seperate spells), Chertsey Town, Hemel Hempstead Town (two spells, Boreham Wood, Northwood, AFC Hayes, Edgware Town, Bedfont Green/Town, Windsor, Hanwell Town and now currently at Cockfosters. His comment after the game was 'even after all these years in the game that was hard to take! gutted' sums his 100% commitment up.
TEAM LINE UPS
|1. Billy Barnes||1. Tautis Poniskaitis|
|2. Ricky Bridge||2. Luke Skeete|
|3. Michael Ettienne||3. Vince Rispoli|
|4. Liam Errington||4. Fergus Moore|
|5. Ajet Shehu||5. Richard Morton|
|6. James Taylor||6. Denis Maharjan|
|7. Alex Thomas||7. Paul Marks|
|8. Tom Randall||8. Bilal Butt|
|9. Kane Dougherty||9. Emond Protain|
|10. Dave Iwediwo||10. Anton Lewis|
|11. Scott Orphanuo||11. Carlvin George|
|12. John Chitondo||12. Adem Ali|
|14. Paul Donnelly||14. Alan Bolger|
|15. Tawhid Juneja||15. Tom Massey|
|16. Chit Citondo||16. Fabio Valenti|
|17. Michael Roche|
The Cod Army play the winners of the other semi-final which will be contested between Colney Heath and Dunstable Town on Thursday 4th April. The final is scheduled for Monday 6th May to be played at Harefield United's ground.
CODICOTE'S RUN TO THE FINAL
showing they are the kings of the penalty kicks
|ROUND 1||CODICOTE 5 HOLMER GREEN 0|
|ROUND 2||CODICOTE 2 HODDESDON TOWN 2 - Won on PKs - highlights here|
|ROUND 3||HAREFIELD UNITED 1 CODICOTE 2|
|QF||CRAWLEY GREEN 1 CODICOTE 1 - Won on PKs|
|SF||CODICOTE 0 COCKFOSTERS 0 - Won on PKs|
|FINAL||CODICOTE v COLNEY HEATH or DUNSTABLE TOWN|
A talking point from the game was ex Towner and 'Foster's captain Paul Marks being booked for what looked like one his trade mark decent hard but fair challenges in the first half. See from 2mins 20secs on the video. Then in the second half a challenge by Codicote's Scott Orphanuo on Emond Protain went unpunished. Arguably this could of been a red card had the referee seen it differently maybe? See from 4mins 20secs on the video with some running (albeit industrial language...don't watch if you are easily offended) commentary from a Cockfoster's fan.