Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Molesey vs Folkestone Invicta

Molesey 2 Folkestone Invicta 4 (after extra time)

Fox in the Box were lucky enough to film a thrilling game in an FA Cup replay at Molesey last night. The game started roared into life quickly, with a ball over the top led to a Molesey attack that required some hasty defend to stop. Molesey seemed to be on top early on, Folkestone's only real early chance being a weak shot that was easily scooped up by the goalkeeper. Molesey soon made the breakthrough with Matt Baxter slotting the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0. After another weak shot from Folkestone, Molesey seemed to be in again, only for the ball to be poked wide. Folkestone soon got their act together and appeared to have a great chance, however the touch from the striker to round the keeper was too heavy and Molesey got back to clear it away. Folkestone had a few more chances after this, the first of which was a long range shot was caught without too much trouble by the Molesey goalkeeper. A free kick led to the ball being nodded just wide, while another header from a free kick was saved and scrambled away. Molesey managed a couple more chances before the second half, a shot from just outside the area was easily saved, and a corner was headed well over. The second half was just as exciting as the first, with both teams having their fair share of chances. Molesey headed a free kick wide, and Folkestone saw a clean strike from the edge of the box turned wide. Folkestone had another chance from the resulting corner, but the shot at the end went just over. Folkestone had another good shot turned wide, but it was Molesey who next found the net, Nick White squeezing the ball under the keeper to make it 2-0. Molesey looked as if they had the game won, but there was still plenty of time left, and Folkestone didn't look like giving up. They came back immediately, a good free kick had to be tipped over the bar by the Molesey keeper, and they soon made the breakthrough, Stuart King getting the final touch from a corner. Folkestone were now dominating possession, but Molesey were still very much a threat on the counter, and had a breakaway result in a poor shot that spun well wide of the goal, to the disappointment of the tense crowd. Molesey could have scored again, after a marvellous through ball that split the Folkestone defence found the striker, who couldn't find the finish. However, controversy followed, with a Folkestone penalty being given for handball, which outraged the Molesey fans and players. Whether or not it should have been a penalty, it was cooly dispatched, and Folkestone were now level. This led to an extremely tense finale, with both teams having chances to win the game. The best chance was probably when the ball somehow made it's way through the Molesey defence, a chance that was saved by some last ditch defending and good goalkeeping. Molesey had a chance to win it right at the end, with a header from a corner going just over the bar. Extra time was an equally tense affair, Folkestone seemed to be the more likely side to score, squandering some good chances. The pick of their chances would have been when a bouncing cross was hit over from about 5 yards. In the end it was Matt Newman who made the difference for the visitors. A Folkestone corner had gone out wide, but Newman got his head on the following cross, much to the delight of the Folkestone fans, and much to the despair of the Molesey fans. A shocking mistake by the Molesey defence left the ball to Stuart King, who wrapped the game up with a delightful lob. The referee soon called time on a thrilling match that will be almost certainly be well remembered by everybody who attended it. May I just say thank you to the marvellous hospitality shown by Molesey. Their free tickets and burgers made us feel very welcome, and we will of course be going back again. The club were perfectly set up to handle the large crowd and the food was very nice.