Minors happy to escape with draw
St David’s were denied victory at the death as Steven Bremar’s late equaliser forced last night’s FA Cup match at Devonshire Recreation Club into a replay.
Just when it seemed as though Allan Douglas’s 45th minute strike would be enough to send the visitors through to the next round, Bremar capitalised on some loose defending in the box to level the scores.
The two teams will now have to do it all over again to determine who will advance to the next round of the prestigious competition.
Both teams missed penalties, and carved out plenty of chances, but in the end had to settle for a draw, which was perhaps a fair result given that neither were able to grab the match by the scruff of the neck.
Otis Minors, the St David’s coach, admitted that missing a penalty and then conceding late was a bitter pill to swallow.
“To concede late like that is heartbreaking knowing that we could have got a goal from the penalty spot,” Minors said. “But they missed a penalty too, so it could have gone either way.”
Minors said he felt that Wolves were more deserving of victory than his team.
“To be honest I thought that Wolves played the better football,” he said. “But I thought a 1-1 draw was a fair result which I’m happy with.
“I’m looking forward to the replay and hopefully it’s at Lord’s, because if it is we have a surprise for them.”
Minors’s opposite number, Robert Thomas, heaped praise on his players for their never-say-die attitude.
“The guys showed a lot of character,” he said. “They didn’t drop their heads and kept playing.
“We had to deal with what was on our plate and the guys kept their composure and kept going and it paid off in the end.”
As for squandering a penalty that could have sent his team through, Thomas said: “We missed a penalty but it is what it is.
“The bottom line is the game is played over 90 minutes and we managed to grab a late equaliser to force a replay, which we are looking forward to.”
The other preliminary round matches take place tomorrow, with the pick of the ties featuring Butterfield & Vallis against Somerset Eagles at White Hill Field.
In the other games Young Men’s Social Club play Paget Lions at PHC Field while X-Roads host Flanagan’s Onions at Garrison Field