Swans crash out of League Cup

Monday 4 November 2013                                             Robert Dyas League Cup, 3rd Round.  


Kingstonian 5    Walton & Hersham 0.

The match was over as a contest with only a quarter of it played as Swans were already 3-0 down, the result of some dreadfully poor defending against a lively home side. They played some neat football on the night, but that was not enough against a Kingstonian side that was given far too much freedom to play their game on a large, excellent playing surface.

Swans had to make changes in midfield with Warren Gladdy having left the club due to travel problems and Mark McLeod resting a persistent Achilles problem, a debut being given to Merrick James-Lewis, who has joined after playing for Farnborough this season. Chris Grayland then had to drop out after feeling unwell just before kick-off.

There were early signs of the problems to come when the home side took a free-kick from the left and the ball was allowed to run to Dee Okojie, unmarked inside the right of the six-yard box, but he drove his shot into the side-netting. A cross from the left touchline then led to a close-in heading chance, and the ball was just scrambled clear. Kingstonian then burst clear down the left with Swans expecting an offside decision, and when the ball was played low across the six-yard box Javlon Campbell just failed to get a touch in front of goal.

Swans had what was to prove a rare chance when a good ball forward by Juan Onieva got Samad Kazi through to clip the ball over home goalkeeper Adam Faith, but the effort lacked power and Josh Casey was able to get back and clear.

Ks took the lead after a quarter of an hour when Daniel Sweeney’s through ball sent Campbell racing clear of a square Swans’ back line to slot the ball inside the right-post.

Swans were fortunate not to go 2-0 down when the home side almost got through again and an attempted clearance struck a Kingstonian player, and the ball went wide for a goal-kick. But with 21 minutes played a free-kick was played in from the left touchline, and when the ball was only cleared to just outside the box it was driven back in low to leave Matt Drage with a simple tap-in at the right-post. Just two minutes later the ball was driven in low from the left, and with Swans again failing to clear Campbell was left with a simple finish from close-in to make it 3-0.

Kazi was feeling the effects of a strong tackle and had to come off after just 27 minutes to be replaced by Will Turl.

The home side continued to create chances and Matt Somner headed over at the near-post from a free-kick taken from close to the right-corner flag. Swans’ keeper Dane Buss then saved on his line as a low shot came in from 25 yards. Drage then sent a powerful shot wide of the left-post from outside the box following another Kingstonian break down the left.

Ojokie should have increased Ks’ lead eight minutes after the resumption when he and Campbell got clear, but he put an easy chance over the bar from the edge of the box.

Swans had begun to restrict the frequency of the home side’s attacks, but they seldom looked like creating chances of their own.

As the final quarter of an hour approached Ks again went close when Somner headed wide from Tom Jelley’s free-kick into the box. Campbell got past Ben Dyett to put a low shot straight at Buss, the Swans’ keeper then having to beat the ball away when clever play by Ojokie in the left of the box enabled him to get in a shot.

A neat, patient build-up by Swans gave them a half-chance, but Julian Owusu drove a left-foot shot over from outside the box.

Swans looked like restricting the score to 3-0, but with ten minutes remaining a simple ball down the middle sent Campbell clear to lob over Buss and complete a hat-trick on his home debut following his signing from Thamesmead Town.

The match had entered the final five minutes of normal-time before home keeper Faith was tested for the first-time. Andy Lomas took a free-kick from the left touchline for Dyett to get in a good strike from the right of the box that Faith blocked well at his near-post. The ball came out to substitute Kieran Lunn, but he shot well wide.

There was one last blow for Swans as the match entered stoppage-time and a somewhat harsh free-kick was awarded 30 yards out. Jelley struck a superb shot into the top, left-corner, giving Buss no chance and making the score 5-0. Buss then had to make a good save, pushing the ball round his right-post after Ks’ substitute Ryan Moss had burst forward from halfway to get in a shot.

Swans’ Team: Dane Buss, Ben Dyett, Andy Lomas, André Scarlett, Ishmael Thomas, Steve Betancourt, Samad Kazi (Will Turl 27’), Merrick James-Lewis (Liam Kingsmill 70’), Julian Owusu, Juan Onieva (Kieran Lunn 67’), John Clark. Subs. not used: Greg Ngeno, Craig McLeod.                     

Kingstonian Team: Faith, Jelley, Casey (Ofusu-Hene 67’), Drage, Ray, Somner, Okojie, Sweeney, Campbell, McCollin (Moss 45’), Knight (Sidorowicz 45’). Subs. not used: Kavanagh, Tolfrey. Scorers: Campbell (15’, 23’ & 80’), Drage (21’), Jelley (90+1’). Caution: Jelley, foul (68’).       

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