Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Downton v East Cowes Vics 08/12/18

Downton 4 East Cowes Vics 0

It is always a pleasure to visit Downton not least for the warmth of the welcome and to try out the Chairman’s latest culinary skills. However in this game there were signs that they were building a young side that play football the way it should be played.

They could have taken the lead in the first minute when a long shot by Dan Savage just cleared the bar. And only minutes later Tom Moseley had an easier chance but he blazed over when well placed. It took 15 minutes for East Cowes to fashion their first chance but Joe Butcher’s shot was wide.

East Cowes had an escape on 32 minutes when a free kick from the right by Dan Telfer was flicked onto a post by Tom Moseley. There was a slight deflection and from the resulting corner by Telfer, Downton took the lead. His kick was met cleanly by SAVAGE whose well placed header found the roof of the net.

East Cowes had a couple of half chances before the half but Downton, prompted in midfield by skipper Craig Tyson, were generally in charge. HT 1-0

East Cowes opened brightly in the second half and in the first quarter hour they had their best spell of the game. Their best chance fell to centre forward Elias Ahmed but his shot was just wide.

After a good spell the last quarter of the game was one that East Cowes will want to forget. It started on 67 minutes when MOSELEY ran clear onto a through ball and convincingly beat keeper Steinborn-Busse with a low shot.

Unfortunately as the game wore on their discipline started to break down and full back Brad Young was sent off on 80 minutes. Downton were not slow to take advantage when they closed out the game with two goals between the 82nd and 84th minute. First Richard GALEC was on hand to score after the Cowes keeper had parried a Moseley shot and then Matt STEER was able to score from close range.

The final indignity for the away side came in the 88th minute when Liam Newbold received a second yellow for a deliberate handball in his opponent’s penalty area when he couldn’t reach the ball with his head.

So a bad afternoon for East Cowes but a promising one for the home side who now, apart from one game against Romsey, have a run of matches between now and the end of January against sides in the bottom half of the table. FT 4-0 (Roger Allen)