by Brian Davis (Media & Press Officer)
Supermarine got their first home league win of the season and their first in the league at home since April as they came from a goal down to dominate proceedings on Tuesday night versus Spencer Day’s Farnborough FC.
Similarly to Saturday versus Weymouth, the game’s first chance resulted in a goal after ten minutes. One of Farnborough’s lightning fast wingers Michael Elias-Fernades sprinted clear of Jon Else down the left hand side, broke into the area and squared a ball across the face of goal that Connor Cullen couldn’t miss from a couple of yards out to put the visitors one up.
Boro could have extended their lead only for Kev Sawyer to twice deny the equally quick, Andrew Sealy-Harris twice whilst Elias-Fernandes hit an effort over the bar. With the pace of Sealy-Harris and Elias-Fernandes Lee Spalding made a very early substitution, bringing on Dan Williamson for Jon Else to try and match the visitors for pace and a minute later, those chances would come back to cost Boro, as from a near post corner, Jerel Ifil scored his first goal in Supermarine colours, glancing home across the face of goal before being cleared from behind the line. This time, ‘Marine were on the favourable side of the linesman’s decision as he ruled that the ball had crossed the line.
The goal ignited Supermarine into life. Joe Shepherd headed over. Conor McDonagh headed wide from a Connor Thompson cross. Bradley Gray went through one-on-one with Sam Mason who made a great initial save as the ball ricocheted back into the path of Gray and deflected over the bar. Shortly before half-time ’Marine scored twice as Stuart Fleetwood had a big impact on turning the game around. Firstly he created space to get free in the penalty area and squared for McDonagh to tap home to put the Blues 2-1 up. On the stroke of the half, Fleetwood rolled back the years to shake off a defender and curl a wonderful effort into the far top corner past Stroud from outside the box.
Like the first half, the second had a slow start and the first chance of it would result in Spalding’s men taking a 4-1 lead. Thompson won the ball in midfield and fed the ball to McDonagh who got past the defender to cross for Brad Gray who skilfully tapped home into the corner of the net from 6 yards out. Elias-Fernandes pulled a goal back after 79 minutes when his effort went right across Sawyer and into the far corner which caused a few nervy minutes for the Webbswood crowd, particularly when sub Patrick Cox’s header rebounded back off the face of the post seven minutes later as everybody, including the Farnborough attackers stood and watched. ’Marine weathered a few late corners and held on for an excellent home win.
After the game Lee Spalding commented “We need to keep working hard as a group, the players are now showing that we can win games, which will breed confidence and belief and then we will get even better. Loads of hard work on the training pitch and we only improve”
(Above) Jerel Ifil nets our equaliser in the 25th minute….
Manager: Lee Spalding
Line-up: 1. Kev Sawyer 2. Jon Else (17. Dan Williamson 25’) 3. Michael Hopkins © 4. Joe Shepherd 5. Babz Jarra 6. Jerel Ifil 7. Brad Gray (12. Joe Selman 88’) 8. Brad Hooper 9. Stuart Fleetwood 10. Conor McDonagh 11. Connor Thompson (14. Ryan Campbell 82’)
Subs not used: 15. Dave Bampton 16. Zak Westlake
Goalscorers: Jerel Ifil 25, Conor McDonagh 40’, Stuart Fleetwood 44’, Brad Gray 60’ Star Man: Jerel Ifil
Yellow Cards: Connor Thompson75’
Red Card: None
Manager: Spencer Day
Line-up: 1. Sam Mason 2. Nathaniel Oseni (15. Brendan Murphy-McVey 80’) 3. Manny Adeyeye 4. CJ Fern © 5. Adam Pepera 6. Luke Robertson 7. Michael Elias-Fernandes 8. Michael Atkinson 9. Perry Coles 10. Connor Cullen (12. Pat Cox 58’) 11. Andrew Sealy-Harris (14. Kurtis Cumberbatch 63’) Subs not used: 16. Frank Puemo 17. Imran Urche
Goalscorers: Connor Cullen 10’, Michael Elias-Fernandes 79’
Star Man: Michael Elias-Fernandes Yellow Cards: Nathaniel Oseni 77’
Red Cards: None
Referee: Andrew Shephard (Gloucester)
Assistant Referees: Sam Olhausen (High Wycombe), Martin Tudor (Gloucester)