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Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
Grays Athletic
C HAMMOND (7')
Full time
Wed 10 Jan 19:45 - Cup Attendance 124

ROMFORD 1 (0) - (0) 0 GRAYS ATHLETIC ATTENDANCE 124 - SHIP LANE

Romford secured their passage into their first Essex Senior Cup Semi Final since the club reformed in 1992 with a 1-0 victory over Grays Athletic.

The Boro maintained their winning run in 2018 thanks to a seventh minute strike from Connor HAMMOND when the winger turned and scuffed home Jonathan NZENGO’s low cross from the right and this turned out to be the winner. Even before the goal Romford had looked dangerous with Ola Giwa beating three men down the left before his vicious cross was flicked clear just as Hammond looked in a great position to head home. Both teams were trading blows and Grays had Romford on the ropes midway through the first half when at first a goalmouth scramble was finally cleared despite at least three shots forced towards goal before a free kick was curled agonisingly wide of the post for the visitors.

Danny COSSINGTON thought he had doubled Romford’s lead in the twenty-fourth minute, turning the ball home after playing a one-two with the crossbar but the centre back was correctly ruled offside while at the other end, debutant keeper James MAY made a smart save when the ball was headed towards goals after a nice build up down the left. As the play kept switching from end to end so did the drama and it was once again Romford’s turn to go close with Nzengo firing straight at the keeper and Nick REYNOLDS screwing the ball wide when they were both set up by Giwa. Sandwiched in between this was another good stop from May denying the Athletic forward.

The second half continued where the first left off and Romford nearly grabbed the all-important second goal when Nzengo pulled his shot wide of the far post after being set up by Hammond. Grays responded with their best move of the match, the ball coming in from the left to the striker who’s shot was saved by May before Michael FINNERAN made a goal saving block on the line. A minute later and another chance for the visitors went begging thanks to another save from May before a volley flew just wide. A string of changes for both sides temporarily stopped the momentum of the game until recent Boro signing Jay KNIGHT was introduced. The busy forward did well down the right in the closing stages and on one occasion pulled the ball back to Nzengo but the little winger’s effort hit the upright before landing safely in the keeper's arms. Romford endured six minutes of injury time before the referee finally brought the game to an end, giving them the opportunity to beat the high flying Billericay Town and set up a final at the Colchester United stadium in March.

ROMFORD (0) 1 Connor HAMMOND 7
GRAYS ATHLETIC (0) 0

ROMFORD: James MAY, Ayo OLUKOGA, Hugo ATKINSON, Danny COSSINGTON, Michael FINNERAN, Kai BICHARD (James ISHMAIL 70), Harry DALY, Jonathan NZENGO, Nick REYNOLDS (Jay KNIGHT 84), Connor HAMMOND, OLA GIWA (Sam MVEMBA 78) SUBS NOT USED STEPHEN REYNOLDS & CHRIS TAYLOR

YELLOW CARD OLA GIWA 78

Key moments

7:00
Goal Connor HAMMOND scores for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Danny COSSINGTON keeps a clean sheet for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ayo OLUKOGA keeps a clean sheet for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Michael FINNERAN keeps a clean sheet for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Hugo ATKINSON keeps a clean sheet for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
James MAY keeps a clean sheet for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
84:00 Sub Off
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted off for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
84:00 Sub On
Jay KNIGHT is substituted on for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
78:00 Sub On
Sam MVEMBA is substituted on for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
78:00 Sub Off
Olakunle GIWA is substituted off for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
78:00 Yellow Card
Olakunle GIWA is yellow carded for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
71:00 Sub On
James ISHMAIL is substituted on for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
71:00 Sub Off
Kai BICHARD is substituted off for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
End of period 1
7:00 Assist
Jonathan NZENGO makes an assist for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Connor HAMMOND scores for Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
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As it happened

  • Romford Football Club - 'The Boro'.
  • Grays Athletic
  • 0
  • Connor HAMMOND Goal 7:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Assist 7:00'
  • James ISHMAIL Sub On 71:00'
  • Kai BICHARD Sub Off 71:00'
  • Sam MVEMBA Sub On 78:00'
  • Olakunle GIWA Sub Off 78:00'
  • Olakunle GIWA Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Jay KNIGHT Sub On 84:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub Off 84:00'

Team selection

MAY, James MAY, James
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
GIWA, Olakunle GIWA, Olakunle
FINNERAN, Michael FINNERAN, Michael
ATKINSON, Hugo ATKINSON, Hugo
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
DALY, Harry DALY, Harry
HAMMOND, Connor HAMMOND, Connor
REYNOLDS, Nick REYNOLDS, Nick
BICHARD, Kai BICHARD, Kai

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