Match Report - Premier Division
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Sholing v Team Solent
SHOLING 2 TEAM SOLENT 0
Lee Wort (pen) 44 Jamie Bulpitt 76
Date: 21st March 2017 Sydenhams Wessex League Cup Semi Final Universal Stadium
SHOLING: Ryan Gosney, Owen Royl, Marvin McLean, Terry (TJ) Cuthbertson, Dan Miller, Kevin Brewster (Alex Sawyer 57), Zac Mouland (Jake Hoole 76), Bryon Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jamie Bulpitt.
Unused Subs: Owen Roundell, Nick Yeomans, Jordan Brooks
Yellow Card: Jamie Bulpitt
TEAM SOLENT: Bradley Banda, Adeoye Olumuyime, Curtis Thorn, Patrick Nolan, Ellis White, Jim Orvis, Ryan Dacres-Smith (Lewis Pitts 76), Jemal Wiseman, Tobi Adekunle (Silvano Obeng 68), Jesse Waller-Lassen [c], Matt Sheedy.
Unused Subs: Steven Black, George Butler, Lee Webber
Yellow Card: None
Man of the Match:
Referee: Declan O’Shea Assistants: Rob Finn & Connor Bowdidge
Team News: Changes again were enforced with Micky Hubbard, Luke Dempsey & Jamie Bray all cup tied TJ reverted to centre back and Kevin Brewster took on the midfield role along with Zac Mouland. Welcome news for the Boatmen was the return of Jamie Bulpitt.
Lee Wort’s penalty and Jamie Bulpitt’s tap in ensured Sholing made their second cup final in as many weeks with a professional display over Team Solent in the Wessex League Cup semi-finals.
Lee Wort calmly converted after being felled just inside the area at the end of the first half, while he then set up Jamie Bulpitt in the second half.
The match started slowly with both teams knocking the ball around well without creating well, but Sholing created the game’s first half opportunity.
Solent’s Gibraltar U19s goalkeeper Bradley Banda didn’t clear when he came out to punch a corner, and it fell to Byron Mason, who lifted his volley just over.
Moments later a handball was missed by referee Declan O’Shea and the ball was worked to the left, Tobi Adekunle crossed for Jesse Waller-Lassen to hit the bar via an excellent save by Ryan Gosney.
An excellent Kevin Brewster free kick allowed TJ Cuthbertson to meet it with his head, but he saw his effort fly just wide of the right-hand post.
Jesse Waller-Lassen then missed a gilt-edged chance when he evaded TJ Cuthbertson to go clean through, but his effort was tame and Ryan Gosney palmed it away.
Lee Wort, who had by now grown into the game, the engineered himself the chance to put the Boatmen 1-0 up when he was needlessly tripped by a Solent defender on 44 minutes.
He picked himself up, dusted himself down and sent Bradley Banda the wrong way to put Sholing 1-0 up.
After the interval Sholing were passing the ball well but it was Solent’s Tobi Adekunle, formerly of Sholing, that spurned the half’s first chance as he missed the target when well placed.
A scrappy second half suited Sholing well with neither team able to build up a head of steam, although Byron Mason volleyed Zac Mouland’s corner wide with less than 20 minutes left.
In a second half devoid of quality, the decisive goal was one that provided a spark and killed off any hopes for Team Solent in the final quarter of an hour.
Dan Mason, who after notching his 100th Sholing goal with a hat-trick on Saturday at Cowes, won an excellent flick on to set Lee Wort away down the left wing.
Lee Wort, who by this time was well in the mood to cause mischief, drove at the visiting defence, before his low centre wasn’t dealt with by Bradley Banda allowing Jamie Bulpitt to slide into the unguarded net from mere feet away.
Dan Mason had a chance to extend his goal tally to 101 for the Boatmen but he was denied by Bradley Banda one-on-one in the latter stages of the game.
Team Solent eventually pressed for a late goal and forced a succession of corners but the Sholing defence stood firm and it was a day late and a dollar short for them.
Sholing will play Baffins Milton Rovers in the Wessex League Cup final, while these two meet again in the Southampton Senior Cup final in May at St Marys Stadium.
Report by Jack Prentice