Blues win 17-goal thriller – report & pics added

a2Jamie Cureton hit the eighth, and final, penalty as Blues edged out Tilbury in a mammoth shootout, on Tuesday.

The visitors took a 70th minute lead through former Blue Lewis Smith, only to see a fine own goal from Hussain Jaffa level things up six minutes later.

Many, many people scored from the spot – including debutant Blues’ academy player Olly Miles – before Tilbury missed the 15th spot kick and Cureton stepped forward to send Stortford into the last 16.

There were a couple of new faces in the Stortford starting eleven with Hector Kyprianou and Sam Baffour making their first outings. Kyprianou is on a work experience loan from Leyton Orient whilst Baffour is a well-travelled player who comes to the ProKit (UK) Stadium on a dual registration with Essex Senior League side Redbridge.

a5Blues began well and Lewis Byrne-Hewitt was almost through in the fourth minute as Alfie Mason’s through pass dissected the visitors’ defence. Johnville Renee, returning after suspension, went close after a Jordan Wescott free-kick was cleared by the Tilbury defence.

Stortford forced a lot of corners in the early stages and when keeper Jamie Merralls flapped at a Mason corner he somehow managed to scramble away a close range Baffour shot away for another flag-kick. Merralls then half-saved a 20 yard effort from Mason and then, in the 18th minute, made a great one-handed save to turn a pile-driver from Mason over the bar.

Stortford’s supremacy gradually waned and the Dockers came more into the picture with Lewis Smith having an acute angled shot beaten away by Patrick Ohman at the near post five minutes before the break.a3

The early action on the restart followed a similar pattern with the Essex visitors shading matters in midfield where they looked slightly stronger and Lewis opened the scoring when he found time and space just inside the right-hand side of the box to shoot past Ohman.

Tilbury’s lead only lasted six minutes however as substitute Miles involved in the build-up play, found Cureton on the left and when the veteran crossed low in to the six yard box Dockers’ centre back Jaffa, with Mason lurking at the back post, only succeeded in diverting the ball into his own net.

a4Five minutes later Renee slipped the ball to Mason who flighted a superb long range shot past Merralls but saw it strike the far upright. Shortly afterwards, Miles was wide with far post header from a Byrne-Hewitt left-wing cross.

There was another chance for Stortford to clinch the tie before the final whistle when substitute Jack Thomas sent Byrne-Hewitt clear on goal but the striker shot straight at Merralls. When the tie entered stoppage time Stortford thought they had a clear case for a penalty when Jaffa seemed to foul Cureton in the box but referee Lee Jessup waived play on. The Dockers nearly took the tie in virtually the last action of normal time when breaking forward, substitute Harry Norman hooked the ball wide from a few yards range.

There was no extra time and when penalties were taken fourteen spot-kicks were successful and before Ohman dived to his left to save Morisi Gelashvilliâ’s kick with Cureton rounding off the procedings netting his penalty to put the Blues through to the next round.



Lewis Smith (Tilbury) scores – 0-1

Lewis Byrne-Hewitt (Stortford) scores -1-1

Jack Carlile (Tilbury) scores – 1-2

Alfie Mason (Stortford) scores – 2-2Â

Kris Newby (Tilbury) scores – 2-3

Johnville Renee (Stortford) scores – 3-3

Harry Norman (Tilbury) scores – 3-4

Olly Miles (Stortford) scores – 4-4

Siju Odelusi (Tilbury) scores – 4-5

Jordan Wescott (Stortford) scores – 5-5

Simon Peddie (Tilbury) scores – 5-6

Isaac Nkosi (Stortford) scores – 6-6

Joe Paxman (Tilbury) scores – 6-7

Chris Gregan (Stortford) scores – 7-7

Morisi Gelashvilli (Tilbury) shot saved by Patrick Ohman – 7-7

Jamie Cureton (Stortford) scores 8-7

STORTFORD: Patrick Ohman; Jordan Wescott; Chris Gregan; Hector Kyprianou (Jack Thomas 73); Sam Robbins; Isaac Nkosi; Sam Baffour (Olly Miles 60); Johnville Renee; Jamie Cureton; Lewis Byrne-Hewitt; Alfie Mason.

Unused substitutes: Marcus Crowther, Lewis Dark and Dan Humphreys.

TILBURY: Jamie Merralls; Abdus Salami; Morisii Gelashvilli; Simon Peddie; Hussain Jaffa; Lewis Jaggs (Harry Norman 81); Joe Paxman; Jack Carlile; Toby Aromolaran (Siju Odelusi 63); Lewis Smith; Albie Keith (Kris Newby 90).

Unused substitutes: Will Putt and Tom Anderson.

Referee: Lee Jessup

Attendance: 130