McGrath brace and Walker wonder-goal clinch Hampshire Senior Cup win for Lymington Town FC over Fleet Town FC
Hampshire Senior Cup Round Three
Lymington Town FC 3
Fleet Town FC 1
IN FRIGID conditions, Lymington Town knocked Fleet Town out of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a controlled 3-1 victory at the Sports Ground.
Playing against a side one step lower in the football pyramid, Lymington’s Harry McGrath struck twice while Dylan Walker scored the game’s best goal with a spectacular solo effort. Fleet pulled one back through Billy Oram, but it was too little too late.
Fleet Town made a positive start and forced a couple of early corners, with a decent save made by Lymington shot-stopper Ross Casey.
With Lymington struggling to get a grasp on the game, McGrath gave the home side a great start after 20 minutes from a brilliant Luke Churchill cross.
Lymington almost extended their lead midway through the half with a well-struck free-kick, but Lee Allen produced a remarkable save to preserve the one-goal deficit. However, there was nothing he could do in the 40th minute when McGrath clinched his brace.
Five minutes after the break, second-half substitute and new signing Dylan Walker scored his first goal for the club in spectacular fashion. After collecting the ball on the halfway line, he carried the ball in the opposition penalty area before beating the keeper with an ice-cool finish that belied his 17 years.
The visitors managed to pull a goal back in the 56th minute after a great ball from Tom Wensley found the path of James Beauchamp in the area. However, as he shaped to shoot, a poor challenge left referee Lewis Sandoe with no option but to award a penalty kick.
Midfielder Oram kept his cool to send Casey the wrong way and bring the scores to 3-1.
Lymington played out the remainder of the match with little trouble and moved into the next round.
Lymington: R. Casey, C. Davies, L. Churchill, N. Hurst, T. Stephenson, R. Fuller, R. Drake, T. Man, H. McGrath, S. Shearer, O. Dennett. Subs: D. Walker, A. Sheibatzadeh, D. Thelen, R. Viner, E. Mbela Belope.