BERKHAMSTED 2, WEMBLEY 3,
Tuesday, 20th December, 2016,
S.S.M.L. Premier Division Cup – Third Round
Two-nil down at half-time at a ground where they have only won once in seven previous visits, Wembley’s elimination from the S.S.M.L. Premier Division Cup at Berkhamsted looked inevitable.
But thanks to a stirring second-half comeback, the valiant Lions fought back to claim a visit to Sun Sports in the last four of the competition, with a superb three-two win.
Well-beaten in their two most recent visits to Broadwater, Wembley thought they had done well to maintain parity for much of the first-half. However, after being put under pressure during the latter stages of this period, they suddenly wilted and found themselves two goals behind.
Craig McCreeth’s poor punch was fired firmly back past him by Alex Campana to give Berko the lead in the 40th minute. Then, three minutes later, Tom Carter eluded the Wembley backline to scamper clear down the left and doubled his side’s tally.
However, it has often been mentioned before this season that the Lions are a different breed these days, and rather than sulk at the prospect of defeat, they steadfastly made a concerted effort to redress the balance after the break.
And this they did……
Calvin Kasirye outjumped the home defence to head home Jonathan Iley’s great left-wing cross to make it 2-1 in the 55th minute. And a quarter of an hour later, Yassine Fehmi-Gil’s free-kick was only partially saved and Adam Humphries blasted in the equaliser.
It was Berko’s turn to buckle, and with seven minutes remaining Fehmi-Gil, timing his forward run to perfection, fastened onto Ayoub Amellal brilliant slide-rule defence-
splitting pass to put the visitors in front.
A frantic finale followed as the home side attempted to force a penalty shoot-out with a last gasp reply. And the erratic McCreeth almost obliged when he vacated his goal-mouth to try and usher a stray pass into touch only to be robbed of the ball. Fortunately, Ashley Campbell, who had won possession, steered his strike beyond the far post and Wembley’s semi-final spot remained intact.
WEMBLEY: McCreeth, Webb (Humphries h/t), Iley, Walters, Carroll, Fekete,
Kasirye, Amellal, Heron, Fehmi-Gil, Salako (Dinham 71).
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