Claydon High School 3 Harwich and Dovercourt 2 AET
Harwich travelled to Suffolk for the second round to play at a Claydon side that they had defeated after extra time in last year’s round 2.
On a very narrow pitch neither team seemed to be able to take control and it took until the 10th minute for any real action.
Claydon had 2 good chances which threatened to break the deadlock but were unable to find the target.
5 minutes later Yuki Jackson must have had his heart in his mouth when he clearly pulled the shirt of the Claydon player halting his pacey run towards the Harwich box. No card was shown but from the resulting 20 yard free kick the ball was struck superbly over the wall leaving keeper Quinn Bird no option than to just look and admire the quality of the strike.
This seemed to finally wake up a very lacklustre Harwich who almost instantly equalised when Phillip Sebastian fired wide after excellent wing play from substitute Keenan Brown.
Harwich were let off soon after when 3 air shots from Claydon stopped what looked a certain goal and a 2-0 lead.
A now focussed and calm Harwich responded with some good quality passing football and were rewarded when from a corner after sustained pressure, was bulleted home by the head of Charlie Guiezelar after another sumptuous set piece from Keenan Brown.
Half time 1-1
Harwich begun the second half started with much better rhythm than the first but were thankful to the alertness of Quinn Bird in goal who saved brilliantly 1 on 1 at the feet of the Claydon striker. Straight up the other end went Harwich and if it wasn’t for stubborn defending would have taken the lead.
10 minutes into the second half the impressive Keenan Brown floated another great corner in, it wasn’t dealt with by the Claydon defence and full back Cody Double took full advantage stabbing home from close range.
With 10 minutes of the game left it was end to end with a result too difficult to predict. It was though Claydon who grabbed the next goal from another direct free kick. This time from 25 yards, a different player taking it but the same result with Quinn Bird only able to watch the ball as it flew into the net.
Both sides pushed for a winner but extra time arrived with no real chances occurring.
Extra time started with disaster for Harwich when the very impressive winger for Claydon (the games man of the match) beat five Harwich players before stroking the ball homeviaa small deflection to give Claydon the lead.
The last 9 minutes drifted by with little event and a frustrated Harwich had to settle for an extra time defeat and the “tables turned” on them from last year
Man of the Match was full back Cody Double who worked tirelessly up and down the line thwarting the tricky winger for almost all the game and scoring a goal for himself.