Monday, 24 February 2020

ST JOSEPH'S THROUGH TO THE FA SUNDAY CUP SEMI-FINAL




St Joseph's Football Club have a rich history in the FA Sunday Cup winning the famous trophy in 1995 and 1996 along with reaching the final in 1998, 1999 and 2006. Everyone involved with the Luton based club will be hoping 2020 will be another vintage year as with their impressive 4-1 victory over Black Horse (Redditch) yesterday they are through to the Semi-Final of the competition. 

This was game between two clubs with lots of history with the hosts being formed in 1970 at the Harp Social Club in Luton and the visitors in 1961 in the Black Horse public house. 







Black Horse reached the same stage last season and were 3-1 up against Aylesbury Flooring with just 25 minutes left to play - the eventual scored was 3-5 to the Buckinghamshire based club who eventually won the competition. 

Black Horse manager Ricardo Richards (best known for his time with Bromsgrove Sporting) previously managed Highgate Dynamos who reached the quarter-final in 2017/18. 

The game came to life midway through the first half when a Black Horse player was sent off for a foul committed on the edge of the box with the St Joesph's forward bearing down on goal - Watching it in real time I personally thought it was a harsh decision and maybe a booking would of been sufficient with a covering defender - The incident has prompted some hot debate on twitter with I'd say the majority of people saying a red card was the correct decision. 







It was a close game between two good sides on a heavy pitch at Arlesey Town with both sides having chances before Charlie Clayton scored from the penalty spot in the second half. Clayton, who also plays for Biggleswade United on a Saturday scored two more goals with Connor Vincent also netting to make the final score 4-1. Richards, who came on a substitute scored to make it 3-1 with around 5 minutes to go. 




On the balance of play it was the home side who deserved the win. 

St Joseph's now face Portland FC (of the Orpington & Bromley District Sunday League) in the semi-final who beat Dock AFC 1-0 in their quarter-final yesterday - It's a tie many people are looking forward too and should attract a good crowd when it's played on Sunday 29th March.  

The other semi-final is between "Peterlee Catholic Club" and Liverpool based "Campfield FC" - Both games will be played at neutral grounds to be announced by the Football Association in the coming weeks.  

RED CARD INCIDENT 

MINI HIGHLIGHTS 

FULL HIGHLIGHTS 


OTHER FA SUNDAY CUP HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS SEASON ON THE BELOW LINKS

CRAWLEY GREEN SUNDAY 2 PORTLAND 6
BROADWALK PINES UNITED 8 AFC LINKS 1


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