Woking pay the penalty as cool Luke hits the spot
PUBLISHED: 11:13 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 23 August 2010
EBBSFLEET United cast aside their indifferent league form to stage a stirring two-goal, second-half comeback at Woking on Saturday to earn an FA Cup replay. The Fleet, after four consecutive defeats, were hoping the FA Cup would provide respite from the
EBBSFLEET United cast aside their indifferent league form to stage a stirring two-goal, second-half comeback at Woking on Saturday to earn an FA Cup replay.
The Fleet, after four consecutive defeats, were hoping the FA Cup would provide respite from the rigours of the Blue Square Premier, while Woking were looking to avenge the 2-0 reverse inflicted on them at Stonebridge Road a month ago.
The Cards were quick out of the blocks, so much so that they were commandingly two goals ahead by the ninth minute.
Their good start began when Paul McCarthy uncharacteristically misjudged the bounce of a long ball drilled into the Fleet half and Wilfred Domoraud capitalised on the slip to rifle past Lance Cronin.
Less than a minute later, the home side doubled their lead as former Fleet winger Joel Ledgister delivered a good ball to Liam Marum, who skipped round Cronin before planting the ball firmly in the net.
Ebbsfleet tried hard to reduce the arrears, but rarely troubled keeper Carl Pentney, on loan from League One Leicester City, who only had to deal with a free kick from Stacy Long for the remainder of the first half.
Liam Daish made a significant tactical change on the hour when he withdrew Mark Ricketts, replacing him with George Purcell, and switched to a 3-4-3 formation.
The alteration soon paid dividends and, six minutes later, the restored James Smith delivered a long ball forward towards Michael Gash. Gash's marker Paul Lorraine, who had been alternating with Tom Hutchinson to climb over him all afternoon, pushed a hand into the Fleet striker's face and Essex referee Simon Beck pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped 'Cool Hand' Luke Moore and the youngster, knowing the Fleet's season could depend on his spot kick, despatched beyond Pentney to put Ebbsfleet back in the game.
Less than four minutes later - and with ice running through his veins - Moore repeated the trick, firing a penalty past Pentney and into the same spot at the back of the net after the keeper had felled Kezie Ibe in the box. On 80 minutes, Daish decided to hold on to what he had earned and switched back to a 4-4-2, bringing on Peter Hawkins for Ibe.
The Fleet were back in the FA Cup and, perhaps this time, May's Wembley winners will hold on to their place with a tighter grip.
Ebbsfleet United: Cronin, Ricketts (Purcell 60), McCarthy, Charles, Smith, Barrett, Long, Stone, Moore, Gash, Ibe (Hawkins 75). Subs not used: Mott, Bowes, Pooley, Hand, Shakes. Att: 1,462.