With thanks to Spencer Hume, editor of ESBFL Facebook page
White Notley FC v Catholic United FC ESSEX PREMIER CUP
Craig Jay’s, White Notley welcomed Essex Olympian Premier Champions Catholic United to Oak Farm on this lovely Saturday afternoon. Catholic reached the final of this cup last year, losing 2-0 to Buckhurst Hill. This was going to be a tough test for Craig Jay’s men!
The visitors got us underway at Oak Farm and were ahead within the opening 5 minutes. Michael Sammui delivered a fantastic ball from a corner which fell to the head of Jamie Salmon who then headed into an open goal. Catholic were ahead!
Just 5 minutes later and Catholic were awarded a penalty. Billy Shulver played a ball to captain Thomas Kearney who controlled well, but a poor sliding tackle from behind by the Notley defender left the referee with no choice but to give a penalty. Harley Kee stepped up and fired down the middle to make it 2-0!
Catholic were in control of the game and were playing some fantastic football despite not creating many clear-cut chances. They almost went 3-0 up, Kee with a ball through to Hollingsworth who fired at goal but a fantastic save by Notley keeper Dean Grace kept the score-line from changing. Notley then took advantage of Catholic being wasteful with their opportunities thanks to some good work by Rob King who, with a great ball into the box found Marti Cullum who rose highest and headed into the bottom right corner. The deficit was halved but Catholic still led 2-1!
Unfortunately for Notley their goal snapped the opposition out of their slumber and Catholic restored their two-goal advantage. Kee with a good ball into Dan Trenkel, who in turn laid it off to Salmon who fired first time outside the box into the bottom right! 3-1 Catholic Utd!
Catholic continued to impress and should have been 4-1 up. Shulver played a quick corner to Vaughan, he drilled a ball across goal which fell to Hollingsworth who fired in 6 yards out but that was well blocked! The re-bound fell to First name? Vaughan who again fired at goal, but another fantastic block kept the score at 3-1! With 10 minutes left in the first half, Hollingsworth gave it to Vaughan in the box who turned and fired at goal, but his shot smacked off the bar. Salmon for Catholic almost had his hat-trick on 43 minutes after good hold up play by Trenkel. Trenkel then laid it off to Salmon who popped a shot off but a great save by Dean Grace kept it at 3-1!
HT: White Notley 1-3 Catholic United
The second half started the same as the first half ended, with the visitors in control and it was only 2 minutes into the half when Catholic went 4-1 up. A ball in from the corner was well won by Salmon and it fell kindly to Trenkel who fired home into an empty net for 4-1!
Only 6 minutes later and 4 became 5. A long ball over the Notley defence fell kindly to Hollingsworth who touched down and went through on goal before firing in off the crossbar. Another fantastic goal by the Catholic to make it 5-1!
Notley, to their credit, pushed on and Matt Knowles had a good effort from 20 yards but was seen safely into the hands of the Catholic Keeper, Goodwin-Green.
On 64 minutes Catholic made sure of the victory by going 6-1 up and it was thanks to a fantastic team move. Baptist with a ball down the line to Hollingsworth who looked up and crossed in a low ball to the edge of the box for the incoming run of Max Kent who expertly finessed a low shot into the bottom left, 6-1!
Hollingsworth was causing problems for Notley and he almost become provider for Catholic’s Baptist. Hollingsworth picked the ball up out wide and played a magnificent ball over the top to his teammate who, despite having a lot of space and time, fired a shot past Grace but to the wrong side of the post.
Hollingsworth continued to impress and almost had a second. He picked the ball up on the edge of the box and fired a low shot towards the bottom left corner but a great save with his feet by Grace kept it at 6-1.
With minutes left Catholic should have been 7-1 up. Hollingsworth, driving at the defence, looked up and played a great ball to Kent who opened up and fired at goal but another great save by Grace meant the score wouldn’t be changed.
FT: White Notley 1-6 Catholic United
It proved to be a bad afternoon for Craig Jay’s men as a well organised and brilliant Catholic United comfortably went through to the third round. Notley need to keep their heads held high as Catholic are definitely one of the best sides I’ve seen at this level, especially with their passing and movement. Best of luck to both sides for the rest of the season!
MOTM: Dean Grace (White Notley)
MOTM: Tom Hollingsworth (Catholic Utd)
White Notley LINE UP| Grace, Palmer, Ifield, Hawes, Duckworth, Brewster, Stracey, King, Knowles, Goodey, Callum
Subs| Falco, Pitts, Keaney, Wilkinson
Catholic Utd LINE UP| Godwin-Green, Kearney, Shulver, Robinson, Vaughan, Kearney, Salmon, Kee, Sammut, Hollingsworth, Trenkel
Subs| Williams, Sands, Baptist, Kent.
Edited by: Daniel Dunne