Lawler guides Sports to cup progress
12:01pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
SULLY SPORTS 4
THE Ely Valley ground was in good condition for Saturday's Welsh Cup (second qualifying round) clash and, on a fine day, Sully Sports' South Wales Senior Soccer League side faced a team which had won all six games this season.
The expected difficult game started with a fired up home team supported by a good crowd and Sully boosted by decent travelling support.
Sports began well, with Alex Long and Dan Lawler combining well for the former to fire over and then the home 'keeper saving another shot well with his legs. Sports forced a few corners and the home defenders were lucky to clear as the ball ran loose.
Just as Sports looked as if they might open the scoring, the home side won a corner and a half cleared ball was hammered home.
However, Sports kept their nerve and a great move down the right saw Conner McInery felled by the 'keeper and Long stepped up to equalise from the penalty spot. Having the better of the play, Sports faced some over zealous tackles and eventually fell behind again after slack defence.
Maintaining their attacking approach, Sports saw Lawler break into the box and, as the home defenders honed in, the ball ran free and McInery forced it over the line.
The half-time message from the coaches was more of the same but with tighter defending and, in the second half, Sports again forced the pace, with Penygraig relying on the long ball. Sports continued to pass well and, with Garon Davies, back after suspension, well supported in midfield, they took the lead when Lawler pounced. Within minutes, Lawler netted again and Sports were able to see the game out to earn a home tie in the first round proper with Welsh League opponents AFC Lywdcoed. The Second Division team will be a big test for Sully who look forward to a good day.