Eagles leave it late to get past Buntingford

PUBLISHED: 11:42 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:42 07 November 2016

Carl Williams. Photo: David Young

Carl Williams. Photo: David Young

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Two late goals for the Eagles ensured a 4-2 victory against Buntingford in the HSCL Centenary Trophy.

For the first half Eagles had most of the possession and played the better football, but could hardly muster a shot on target. It could have been so much different if Sam Gittings had taken a chance in the opening minutes when clear on goal from six yards out, but he scuffed his shot wide of goal.

Buntingford went ahead after 20 minutes with a superbly taken goal.

An attempted clearance fell to the feet of the unmarked striker who hit a crisp curling shot into the Eagles net.

Paul McGennity nodded in the equaliser after the break and moments later Gittings chased a long ball down the centre of the pitch and toe-poked it through the keeper’s legs for 2-1.

Buntingford equalised when three defenders failed to cut out a cross from the right, but Eagles then introduced Kadeem Gutzmore and his pace soon made an impact.

He scuffed a shot at the keeper before setting up Carl Williams, whose shot was saved.

A surging run from Iggy Thorne then saw Williams stoop low to put his side ahead, before Eagles had a fourth when a Gittings shot was deflected past the keeper to send Eagles through to the next round.

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