Leicester Nirvana 2-1 Newport Pagnell
United Counties League, League Cup, Preliminary Round
Saturday 19th September 2015
Gleneagles Avenue, Leicester
Nirvana returned to winning ways to get the better of the Swans in the Knockout Cup. Both sides struggled to make their passes count in a scrappy first half Nirvana had the bulk of the chances, with most coming from quick breaks following their opponent’s misplaced passes. However, the first real shot in anger came from Jordan Nelson with half an hour played, his well struck shot was saved by Mark Osborn in Newport’s goal. Ten minutes later Pearson Mwanyongo latched onto a pass, neatly collecting the ball before opening the scoring to put Nirvana ahead at the break.
The Swan’s picked up their game in the second half and started to control the midfield. Their endeavours paid off when Fazel Koriya stuck a beautiful free kick from the edge of the penalty area to put the sides level. Within five minutes Mwanyongo had two good chances to restore Nirvana’s lead. His first shot angled across the area narrowly missing the far post. Then, after a fine run down the right wing, he was superbly tackled by Stuart Smeathers but the ball somehow managed to ricochet back into the path of Mwanyongo who tested Osborn to no avail.
The game became stretched as both sides searched for a winner, with twenty minutes remaining Bruno Lobo Brito almost put the Swans ahead when his spectacular thirty five yard drive called for an equally spectacular flying save from Aaron Harris. Three minutes later Koriya tried a carbon copy free kick to the one that he scored from but this time the shot lacked power and accuracy, allowing Harris to safely catch the ball.
Neither side were able to create any decent, clear cut chances until nine minutes from time when Jordan Nelson found himself clear in the area, his low shot evading the diving Osborn to win the tie for the hosts.
1-0 Pearson Mwanyongo (41 mins)
1-1 Fazel Koriya (62 mins)
2-1 Jordan Nelson (81 mins)
Newport Pagnell Town:
Lewis Smith (21 mins)
Rob Tapp (75 mins)
Fazel Koriya (76 mins)
2.Sean Phillips (c)
7.Lamar Parkes (8.Reece Morris, 71 mins)
12.Alex Paval (15.Ryan Calver, 77 mins)
10.Celson Patrocinio (16.Brett Marvin, 71 mins)
Newport Pagnell Town:
4.Stuart Smeathers (c)
7.Lewis Smith (14.Rob MacDonald, 55 mins)
8.Greg Ling (12.Scott Mulkern, 17 mins)
11.Lukasz Filipiak (15.Josh Crawley, 55 mins)
Referee – Oliver Mackey
Assistants – Bruce Stevens, Paul Bonnick
Photograph by Andy Gunn.
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