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Ware
Romford
Ware win 5 - 4 on penalties.
Full time
J NZENGO (17', 75'), T TOMBIDES (57')
ti 21 elo 19:45 - The Velocity Trophy 18-19 Attendance 72

Ware 3 (1) - (1) 3 ROMFORD (Romford lost 5-4 on pens) - Wodson Park - Attendance 72

Romford conceded a last minute equaliser and were then pipped in the penalty shoot out to exit the League Cup.

As expected there were changes to the starting line up for this cup tie on Ware's new artificial surface to give game time to other squad members. Boro fell behind early, when Ross Elsom's excellent third minute free kick curved into the top corner but they were creating chances in this fast open game and were rewarded in the seventeenth minute when Jonathan NZENGO scored with a superb straight drive from around thirty yards which did not really give the home keeper much chance.

For the second half Romford kicked up the slope, which is now nowhere near as pronounced but took the lead after fifty seven minutes when Ernest OKOH made a powerful run close in down the left and cleverly squared the ball back for Taylor TOMBIDES to knock in. Danny COSSINGTON then went close from a corner, but almost immediately Ware went down the other end for Jordon Watson to head in the equaliser.

In the later stages if anything, the pace became more frenetic and was great entertainment for the spectators. Nzengo again put Boro ahead after seventy five minutes with another long range shot that was even more spectacular than his first and the visitors should have then put the game to bed when they had further efforts cleared off the line and from close in. However, just as the match was entering added time Romford lost possession from a short corner allowing a swift Ware breakaway. Stephen REYNOLDS did well to save but he was then grounded and could not prevent David Cowley scoring from the rebound.

No extra time in the League Cup so straight to the penalty shoot out, and Romford went first. Tombides scored as did Okoh, Golden IGBINEWEKA and Max BOLTON but Greg AKPELE had their fifth kick saved. Ware scored four as well but Reynolds managed to save their second effort which took it to sudden death. Goal hero Nzengo had his effort saved and then Reynolds got both hands to Ware's next but the ball dropped agonisingly over the line to send the hosts through with a trip to Chalfont St Peter in the next round.


WARE (1) 3 ELSOM 3, WATSON 63, COWLEY 90
ROMFORD (1) 3 Jonathan NZENGO 17, 75 Taylor TOMBIDES 57

PENS: Taylor TOMBIDES (SCORED), Ernest OKOH (SCORED), Golden IGBINEWEKA (SCORED), Max BOLTON (SCORED), Greg AKPELE (MISSED), Jonathan NZENGO (MISSED)

ROMFORD: Stephen REYNOLDS, Nathan JOSEPH, Jonathan NZENGO, Harry PRINCE, George FORREST, Danny COSSINGTON, Golden IGBINEWEKA, Ernest OKOH, Max BOLTON, Taylor TOMBIDES, Greg AKPELE SUBS NOT USED NICK REYNOLDS, CHRIS TAYLOR, RODNEY LEMBA & RHYS HUGHES

YELLOW CARDS: Jonathan NZENGO 87

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Key moments

17:00
Goal Jonathan NZENGO scores for Romford
57:00
Goal Taylor TOMBIDES scores for Romford
75:00
Goal Jonathan NZENGO scores for Romford

Highlights

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87:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan NZENGO is yellow carded for Romford
75:00 Goal 0 - 3
Jonathan NZENGO scores for Romford
57:00 Goal 0 - 2
Taylor TOMBIDES scores for Romford
57:00 Assist
Ernest OKOH makes an assist for Romford
End of period 1
17:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jonathan NZENGO scores for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Romford
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  • Jonathan NZENGO Goal 17:00'
  • Taylor TOMBIDES Goal 57:00'
  • Ernest OKOH Assist 57:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Goal 75:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

REYNOLDS, Stephen REYNOLDS, Stephen
JOSEPH, Nathan JOSEPH, Nathan
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
OKOH, Ernest OKOH, Ernest
PRINCE, Harry PRINCE, Harry
FORREST, George FORREST, George
TOMBIDES, Taylor TOMBIDES, Taylor
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg
IGBINEWEKA, Golden IGBINEWEKA, Golden
BOLTON, Max BOLTON, Max

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