Velocity Trophy: Hornchurch 5 Aveley 1
PUBLISHED: 08:07 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:07 20 September 2017
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Five-star Hornchurch eased into the next round of the Bostik League’s Velocity Trophy with a comfortable win at Bridge Avenue last night.
A much-changed side faced their local rivals, as manager Jim McFarlane included some of the squad players in his starting line-up, with first starts or Mohamed Kamara, who was a non-playing substitute at Hertford on Saturday, and Mathias Fanimo, who has twice made brief appearances as substitute.
Tai Hussain was also included, having featured for most of last season as a squad player, but only having had one previous start, at Enfield Town in the League Cup, and Martin Tuohy made his first start of the season against one of his former clubs.
Hornchurch had the first scoring chance on nine minutes, when Rhys Madden saved well from Nathan Cooper’s header, after he outjumped the defence to reach a Fanimo corner.
A minute later it was the turn of Sam Mott to spring into action, making an excellent save from Harry Cook.
Aveley pressed strongly, and twice went close, with a header that went over the bar and a shot that flashed across the face of the goal.
But on 21 minutes Hornchurch took the lead, when a move down the middle found Tuohy who glided the ball home.
On 29 minutes Kamara played a fine pass out of defence to George Purcell, who quickly turned inside, but Madden made a good save to keep the ball out.
But Aveley fell further behind a minute later, when Tuohy sent the ball over, Madden could not retain possession, and Fanimo was first to react to place the ball into the net.
On 37 minutes Aveley pulled a goal back, when Adam Bolle fired home, but Hornchurch regained their two-goal advantage two minutes later, when Tuohy made the running, and pulled the ball back into the middle for Purcell to fire home.
Aveley made the first substitution of the match at half time, with Jack Isherwood replacing Chris Barry.
But Hornchurch made a strong start to the second half, when Tuohy went close on 47 minutes, with Madden making another fine save.
Play was confined to midfield for the next 10 minutes, but Hornchurch then went close when Theo Fairweather-Johnson sent the ball into the middle, but just too far for Tuohy to reach.
Aveley then made their second substitution of the match, with former Urchin Billy Coyne going off and Chid Onokwai coming on after 60 minutes.
Three minutes later it was another goal for Purcell, as he ran forward, outpaced his marker and hammered the ball into the net.
On 66 minutes, Jamie Hursit sent in a well-flighted free kick, Tuohy met the ball with a powerful header, but Madden saved well.
Hornchurch continued to press and a minute later Madden was again in action, making another good save, this time from Fairweather-Johnson shot from 30 yards.
The play quickly swung to the other end, where Mott made a good save from Bolle’s header.
Aveley made their final substitution of the match, Jack West replacing Harry Cook with 20 minutes left to play.
But Hornchurch continued to make the running and Purcell went close to getting his third of the match with a fine solo run and shot, with the ball flashing narrowly wide of the goal.
Back at the other end, Bolle went close when his header came back off the post and Mott then saved the follow-up shot.
Six minutes from time, Purcell sent a good centre into the middle to Tuohy, but his header lacked direction and went wide.
Fairweather-Johnson sent in a hard left-footed shot that Madden saved two minutes from time, but he was not to be denied and in the final minute he neatly finished off a Sean Roberts pass for the fifth goal of the night.
McFarlane did not use any of his substitutes, the first time this has happened since August 2013.
Hornchurch: Mott, Hursit, Porter, Kamara, Cooper, Roberts, Fairweather-Johnson, Hussain, Tuohy, Purcell, Fanimo. Subs: McKenzie, Warner, Lee, Chouman.
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