Essex Senior Cup: Canvey 0 Romford 2
PUBLISHED: 08:15 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:17 15 November 2017
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Romford booked a place in the quarter-finals of the county cup with a fine win at Park Lane on Tuesday.
Boro boss Paul Martin rang the changes after his side’s 2-2 draw at Bostik North leaders Dereham Town, while Gulls manager Danny Heale made four changes to the side that beat Grays in the Bostik Premier on Saturday.
Romford’s Chris Taylor saw an early looping effort gathered by Tim Brown, while George Sykes skipped past Leyton Orient loanee Arthur Janata at the other end, only to see Ayodeji Olukoga produce a crucial tackle.
Sam Collins fired wide for the hosts, before Taylor was similarly off-target, but Boro went close on 15 minutes when Nick Reynolds forced a fine save from Brown from Hugo Atkinson’s cross.
Janata dealt comfortably with all that came his way in the visiting goal, meanwhile, as the first half ended goalless.
But Canvey could have opened the scoring seconds after the restart when Steve Sheehan released Mitchell Gilbey, who was pressured by Michael Finneran before Adam McGeorge cleared the danger.
Gilbey’s free-kick was saved by a diving Janata on 53 minutes and Martin’s men got their noses in front moments later when Taylor ran on to a through ball and finished well from 12 yards, despite claims of handball in the build-up.
Canvey’s Gilbey had an effort ruled out for offside soon after, after heading in George Craddock’s cross, before Taylor doubled Boro’s lead with a fine volley in the final minute.
Receiving the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the box, Taylor flicked it over Sheehan and thumped his shot past Brown for a memorable strike.
Sam Muemba’s last-ditch tackle denied Collins an injury-time consolation as Boro booked a place in the last eight for the first time in 18 years.
And having extended their unbeaten run to three matches, they should now welcome neighbours Aveley to Ship Lane on Saturday in confident mood.
Romford: Janata, Olukoga, Atkinson, McGeorge, Finneran, Ishmail, Daly, Muemba, N Reynolds, Taylor, Nzengo. Subs: Cossington, Dajoso, S Reynolds, Kelly.
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