Fulham Deaf marches into fourth quarter final of the season
Against Thornton Heath, Fulham Deaf was going to put out all the stops to reach their fourth quarter finals this season, this time in the League Intermediate Cup. Fulham Deaf have already progressed to the of the Teck Intermediate Cup quarter finals, British Deaf Sports Council Cup quarter finals and the English Deaf Cup semi finals.
Thornton Heath is placed at the top of the Kingston & District Football League Division III while Fulham Deaf is second in Division II. The match kicked off with Thornton Heath having the edge in attack and Fulham Deaf with the edge in counter attacks.
With only eleven minutes gone, Mark Gill missed a glorious chance to put Fulham Deaf ahead after shooting straight at the Heath's goal keeper at short range. Four minutes later, Rowan Dixon joined Gill in the dock after passing across goal when he should have gone ahead on a one-to-one with Heath's goal keeper.
After some considerable pressure by Thornton, they were rightly rewarded with a goal after the ball rebounded off the crossbar straight to their forward. With Richard Parker and several Fulham Deaf defenders still trying to fix their eyes onto the ball, the lanky Heath's forward slotted it home to put Thornton Heath 1 – 0 up on the half hour.
Five minutes later, a Heath's corner was knocked on; Parker came out well to punch the dangerous ball clear. However the fall was not safe as it went to a Heath player who slotted the rebound over the bar much to Fulham Deaf's relief.
Dixon's free kick outside the box went straight at Heath's goal keeper. Andrew Drury shot wide of the net after excellent link up play down the centre to right via Dixon, Richard Jeffers, Gill and Ryan Pendley.
Bim Ajadi produces a deft chip to Ben Lampert with seconds to go before the half time whistle. Lampert shoots wide of the far post from the left side of the box.
Clive Campbell came on for Ajadi at half time.
With five minutes gone in the second half, Drury broke down the right exposing the not-so-tight back four line, crossed to Jeffers who slid the ball home to equalise the match.
Six minutes later, Nick Beese came on for Dixon who limped off with a slight knock. Almost immediately, Jeffers broke through down the centre and slotted the ball home to put Fulham Deaf 2 – 1 up.
Just past the hour, Drury slid in the third goal after some solid work. It all started with a Neil Fox's throw in to a Jeffers' back header where the ball landed with Pendley. Pendley went towards goal and skilfully side-tracked the ball to Lampert who shot for goal. Heath's goal keeper made a good save but the loose ball was slid in by Drury to make it 3 – 1.
The sixty-fifth minute saw the fourth goal for Fulham Deaf to complete a devastating twenty minutes spell resulting in four gaols for Fulham Deaf, which invariably killed the game off. Drury knocked on a Pendley free kick towards goal but a mix up caused the goal. The Drury's header towards Heath's goal keeper somehow came off a couple of deflections between Heath's goal keeper and defender, ending up through the goal keeper's legs into the net.
Andrew Vorster, who had a quiet game, struggling with an injury sustained in the first half came off with Karim Fayed coming on.
The game fizzled out with the only exciting moment in the last twenty-five minutes, which came from a B. Lampert's free kick just outside the box slamming against the crossbar.
And with that Fulham Deaf marched into a cup competition quarter finals for the fourth time this season.
Final score Fulham DFC 4 – 1 Thornton Heath (half time 0 – 1)
Fulham Deaf FC Line up:
Parker, Vorster (Fayed 68), Drury, Docker, Fox, Gill, Pendley, Ajadi (Campbell 46) B. Lampert, Jeffers, Dixon (Beese 56)
Fulham Deaf FC Manager