Tuesday 8th October 2019. Esoteric Division One Challenge Cup, 1st Round.
Bagshot 1 Walton & Hersham 4.
A much-changed Swans’ line-up, with many regular starters being rested, put on a fine performance at Krooner Park to progress to the 2nd Round and a meeting with AFC Hayes at home. Only two players were in the starting line-up that had begun the previous match against Farnham Town, but those coming in did not disappoint. The tie was effectively settled by half-time, with Swans leading their first-time opponents 4-1, and that score-line could well have been greater in their favour with the opportunities created. Top scorer Tyreke Leslie himself had the chances to notch a personal hat-trick, but for once had to settle for a scoring blank. With just a minute on the watch debutant Thomas Lim got away on the right to cross a good ball low across the 6 yard box, but no-one was there to capitalise. Anderson Pinto-Nogueira was soon crossing a dangerous high ball into the box from the right that home goalkeeper Lee Allen just managed to punch clear off the head of Mo Ghailan at the far-post. And it was Pinto-Nogueira who gave Swans a deserved lead after nine minutes. Jordan Simmons made a fine run on the left before crossing low to the far-post, where Lim just failed to get to the ball, but it ran to Pinto-Nogueira on the edge of the box, and he took deliberate aim before driving a shot past Allen. Pinto-Nogueira got Leslie in on the left to strike a low shot that Allen saved at his near-post as Swans continued to dominate, and it was no surprise when they doubled their lead after 19 minutes. Ghailan was just outside the left corner of the box when he struck a superb, right-foot shot into the far, top corner. Leslie was again released down the left by Parish Muirhead to get into the box and drive in a strong, low shot that Allen again did well to keep out at his near-post. A fine build-up led to Pinto-Nogueira opening up a chance in the right of the box, but he was unfortunate when his goal-bound effort struck his teammate Lim, and the ball went wide. After 38 minutes Swans should have made it 3-0 when Sam Osei’s through ball sent Leslie bursting clear and into the box, but with just keeper Allen to beat indecision led to him dragging the ball wide of the left-post. Just a minute later Leslie had a chance to make up for his miss when he broke into the left of the box, but this time he was unfortunate when Allen just got a touch on the ball to deflect his powerful, low shot wide of the far-post. Swans’ third goal followed immediately however when Muirhead was found outside the right corner of the box, and he struck a terrific shot low into the far corner. Kevin Manuel had barely been troubled in Swans’ goal, but as the half entered the final five minutes he was forced into three saves in quick succession. The home side got in a shot from the right that Manuel saved, and the ball looped over his head towards goal. The ball was only cleared to the left of the box, and the Swans’ keeper made two fine saves in succession from follow-up shots. Manuel’s saves proved in vain however, as almost immediately Bagshot’s Kurt Greenaway struck a shot from outside the box that seemed to catch the keeper wrong-footed as it flew past him. Swans wasted little time in restoring their three-goal lead however after winning a corner on the right. Pinto-Nogueira’s kick picked out Ghailan ten yards out, and his powerful downward header found the net for his second goal of the night. Swans continued to press at the start of the second-half, and the influential Pinto-Nogueira laid the ball back to set up Leslie on the left edge of the box, but another fine, low strike was kept out by the home keeper. Bagshot had an opportunity with a free-kick wide on the right, but Manuel did well to punch the ball clear at his far-post when Aaron Ross sent it in. Swans looked capable of stretching their lead, and Allen just denied Lim in front of goal when Simmons got in a fine cross from the left. A throw-in sent Ghailan down the left, and when he laid the ball inside, Pinto-Nogueira drove a shot over from the edge of the box. With an hour played the home side had a rare opportunity to reduce the deficit. Greenaway got free on the right, and when Manuel dashed out he guided the ball past him from 30 yards out, but it ended up just outside the near-post. Ghailan was just denied a hat-trick when Muirhead sent Lim down the right to cross low to the near-post, the ball being cleared behind for a corner. Bagshot put the ball wide at the near-post following a left-side corner, but Swans again went close, Simmons driving a shot just over after making space on the left edge of the box following Leslie’s lay-back. The home side mounted a late challenge to try to reduce the deficit, as Swans’ chances began to dry up. Their best opportunity to do so came with a free-kick just outside the box with ten minutes remaining, but Matt Dexter’s poor effort failed to beat Swans’ defensive wall.
Swans’ Team: Kevin Manuel, Michael Winnister, Sam Osei, Justin Hemmings, Jordan Simmons, Mamadaliu Balde, Thomas Lim (James Young 75’), Parish Muirhead, Mo Ghailan, Anderson Pinto-Nogueira (Roy Gayle 66’), Tyreke Leslie (Ryan Smith 75’). Subs. not used: Jaydan Willis, Hamzah Williams. Scorers: Pinto-Nogueira (9’), Ghailan (19’ & 44’), Muirhead (39’). Caution: Balde (13’).
Bagshot Team: Allen, Selby, Medcraft, Cooper, Moriarty (Davis 64’), Dexter, Eaton, Chapman (Marshall 53’), Greenaway (Lyons 85’), Smith, Ross. Subs. not used: Messenger, B. Wickens. Scorer: Greenaway (41’). Cautions: Cooper, Davis.