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Three Bridges Football Club
Phoenix Sports
C French (8' Pen), J Grant (43')
Full time
A Probets (1' Pen), J Duah-Kessie (53', 74')
Sat 25 Aug 15:00 - Cup Attendance 86

1st lose to Phoenix Sports 2-3

FA Cup dream over for another year

Three Bridges were knocked the FA cup in the Preliminary Round at home to Phoenix Sports. Bridges lost 3-2 in their second meeting with Phoenix this season. Jensen Grant and Connor French scored in a resilient Bridges performance but it was not enough to keep Bridges in the competition.

It wasn’t the ideal start for Bridges as within 36 seconds Phoenix found themselves with a penalty as Jeff Duah-Kessie fired over from just inside the box but according to the Referee he was pushed in the process. Ashley Probets stepped up and fired it into the top left, sending Thorp the wrong way.

Three Bridges nearly got a response just minutes after when Dan Da Costa e Silva cut in from the right and sent a left footed shot towards goal. It was weak but almost lobbed the keeper who claimed at full stretch.

Bridges continued their pressure and on 7 minutes they were awarded a penalty of their own due to some excellent play from Connor French. A ball was played over the top to French who chested the ball down with great composure and held the ball at his feet holding off two Phoenix defenders. He then found the smallest of gaps to turn into and the Phoenix defender could do nothing more than foul French and the referee awarded the penalty. Connor French then took the penalty himself, calmly planting the ball into the side netting to make it 1-1 within 10 minutes.

Phoenix then nearly restored their lead five minutes later when Duah-Kessie took on two of the Bridges defence and looked to be one-on-one with Thorp but Captain, Jamie Crellin, came to the rescue and slid in to make an excellent block. Crellin was then called into action again minutes later making an excellent tackle to stop Kweku Ansah who was on a surging run from midfield.

On the 24th minute Bridges nearly took the lead. Just like the Whitehawk game days before, Alex Laing and Connor French were linking up well down the right. On this occasion French held the ball up and played Laing down the wing, he then put a low driven ball into the feet of Da Costa e Silva who unleashed a shot that was heading towards goal but was blocked by the face of Phoenix defender Daniel Young.
A third penalty of the game was nearly awarded Phoenix crossed a low ball into the box and it then seemed to bounce and strike the hand of Jamie Crellin, but the Referee didn’t give a penalty and simply shook his head and waved play on much to the disgust of the Phoenix managers who were having constant trouble with the referee all game.

This didn’t put Crellin off, who was having an excellent game, and he made two more excellent interceptions soon after the penalty affair, first to block a header from a free kick and then to carefully execute a tackle from behind Duah-Kessie to stop him from being in on goal. Bridges were good on the counter attack and on the 36th minute they won a free kick after Laing was sent down the wing. Lee Hall excellently spotted a gap for Laing so he played the ball in front for Laing to run onto and he then delivered the ball into the box which fell to Jamie Taylor but his shot was blocked and sent out for a corner.

Bridges then took the lead just before half time when French played the ball square to Laing from the right wing, who held the ball up well on the edge of the box, he then spread the ball out to Nathan Simpson waiting on the left wing, who delivered a lovely floating ball into the box and Jensen Grant headed the ball home to make it 2-1 at half time.

Phoenix came out the better side and got their reward just six minutes into the second half. Ansah made an excellent run from the half way line and looked to be going all the way but instead he slid in Jeff Duah-Kessie who then slotted past Thorp to make it 2-2.

Bridges had a chance to regain the lead after French put a lovely ball into the box and Taylor got a deft touch but unfortunately it bounced just past the post. Taylor had another chance soon after when Grant flicked the ball on from a goal kick which landed at the feet of Taylor who turned the defender with great skill fired at goal but the Phoenix keeper got down well to save and keep it level.

It was then Thorp’s turn to make a save this came after a Phoenix corner and after some pinball in the box it landed at the feet of a Phoenix player who poked it towards goal and Thorp did well to spread himself and make an outstanding save.

Unfortunately for Bridges this was all in vein as minutes later Ryan Andrews launched a free kick into the box from half way and Jeff Duah-Kessie rose highest and headed the ball into the bottom corner to complete the turnaround for Phoenix in the 70th minute.
Phoenix then defended well and shut Bridges out for the remainder of normal time but the referee played 7 minutes of added time much to the disgust of the Phoenix bench. In the 97th minute Bridges got a free kick almost on the half way line, Thorp launched it into the box but it was cleared and then the referee finally blew for full time to see Bridges knocked out of the FA Cup and see the dream go for another year.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Jensen Grant

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

1:00
Scored Penalty Ashley Probets scores a penalty for Phoenix Sports
8:00
Scored Penalty Connor French scores a penalty for Three Bridges Football Club
43:00
Goal Jensen Grant scores for Three Bridges Football Club
53:00
Goal Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
74:00
Goal Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jensen Grant is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges Football Club
90:00 Sub On
Matt Neary is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
90:00 Sub Off
Jeff Duah-Kessie is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
90:00 Yellow Card
Jack Hopkins is yellow carded for Phoenix Sports
84:00 Sub On
Jack Hopkins is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
84:00 Sub Off
Lewis Clarke is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
74:00 Sub Off
Daniel Da Costa e Silva is substituted off for Three Bridges Football Club
74:00 Sub On
Trevor McCreadie is substituted on for Three Bridges Football Club
74:00 Goal 2 - 3
Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
72:00 Yellow Card
Lee Hall is yellow carded for Three Bridges Football Club
66:00 Sub Off
Nathan Simpson is substituted off for Three Bridges Football Club
66:00 Sub On
Tyrone Berry is substituted on for Three Bridges Football Club
53:00 Goal 2 - 2
Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 2 - 1
Jensen Grant scores for Three Bridges Football Club
36:00 Yellow Card
Alfie Aldridge is yellow carded for Phoenix Sports
31:00 Sub On
Tadley Bromage is substituted on for Three Bridges Football Club
31:00 Sub Off
Antone Douglas is substituted off for Three Bridges Football Club
8:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Connor French scores a penalty for Three Bridges Football Club
1:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Ashley Probets scores a penalty for Phoenix Sports
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges Football Club
  • Phoenix Sports
  • 0
  • Ashley Probets Scored Penalty 1:00'
  • Connor French Scored Penalty 8:00'
  • Antone Douglas Sub Off 31:00'
  • Tadley Bromage Sub On 31:00'
  • Alfie Aldridge Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Jensen Grant Goal 43:00'
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Goal 53:00'
  • Nathan Simpson Sub Off 66:00'
  • Tyrone Berry Sub On 66:00'
  • Lee Hall Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Daniel Da Costa e Silva Sub Off 74:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub On 74:00'
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Goal 74:00'
  • Lewis Clarke Sub Off 84:00'
  • Jack Hopkins Sub On 84:00'
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Sub Off 90:00'
  • Matt Neary Sub On 90:00'
  • Jack Hopkins Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Three Bridges Football Club
Phoenix Sports
  • 1. Steve Phillips
  • 2. Ryan Andrews
  • 3. Ashley Probets
  • 4. Zak Bryon
  • 5. Danny Young
  • 6. Jack Barry
  • 7. Tony Robinson
  • 8. Lewis Clarke
  • 9. Jeff Duah-Kessie
  • 10. Kweku Ansah
  • 11. Alfie Aldridge
  • 12. Jack Hopkins
  • 13. Kyren Mundle-Smith
  • 14. Matt Neary
  • 15. Tariq Ibrahim
  • 16. Kehinde Aioleru

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