Ingle Farm Reserves have won a triumphant 5th Reserve Cup title in 7 years after overcoming Saturday Premier League B team St Peters Reserves in the final played at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday.
Ingle Farm striker Aguto Nai stole the headlines after he brilliantly skipped past two St Peters defenders to score a superb goal in the 88th minute that broke the 1-1 deadlock.
Farm started the match slowly. St Peters enjoyed more possession, were first to the ball and created a couple of half chances in the opening 20 minutes.
From there Farm grew in confidence. Ricky Simpson, Fernando Lara, Duy Tran, Matty Ripper and Aguto Nai started to get on top in their respective positions as Farm began to create some chances of their own.
In the 26th minute Aguto Nai hit the post with a header from a corner by Matty Ripper.
Then in the 35th minute Matty Ripper was put through by Fernando Lara where he got in behind the defence where he was one on one with the keeper just outside,the penalty box where he was clumsily brought down by St Peters keeper 20 yards out from goal.
The keeper was booked for his efforts before Ricky Simpson stepped up to blast the ball onto the upright before that saw the ball rebound into the back of the St Peters keeper that saw the ball deflect back over the goal line. 1-0 to Farm.
Farm could have doubled their lead 5 minutes later when Simpson’s cross into a dangerous spot in front of goal where unmarked Aguto headed over the bar from 6 yards out.
Half time 1-0.
In the second half Farm seemed well in control and looked to be cruising to a 1-0 cup win.
St Peters were lucky again not to have a man sent off after Matty Ripper again was brought down just outside the penalty box – this seemed a more solid call for a red, but the referee booked the St Peters defender. Simpson’s resulting free kick skewed wide of the upright.
In the 74th minute Farm seemed certain to double their lead when they missed the unmissable from 1 yard out. After a superb Jarrad Rich corner came flying in that was barely cleared off the line, it fell to Thom Thuch who managed to head the ball over the crossbar while almost standing on the goal line – when it seemed easier to score !!
Two minutes later St Peters made Farm pay for its inaccuracy when it raced the ball down the other end and equalized the match when a good ball was cut back for a simple tap in past Farm keeper Chris Air. 1-1.
But with 2 minutes remaining a superb long ball by Ricky Simpson set Aguto Nai away where he cleverly beat one defender on the left, before cutting in to beat more defenders and scoring a superb goal just in the knick of time for Farm.
Ingle Farm Reserves coach Alan Leadbeater was overall pleased with his teams performance. “In the first 20 minutes, we weren’t at the races, they were the better team, they got out of the traps quicker than what we did, they were quicker to the ball, they seemed to want it more.”
“Once we started to push the ball around we got on top, coming up to half time we went one nil up – at that stage I did think we would go on and win it by a couple.”
“Second half we just did not seem to get going again, but we did look dangerous on the break. We missed two good opportunities and a couple of other chances we should have made more of.
“But I think to the boys credit in the end, we never stopped trying, never stopped believing, and Aguto’s winning goal was very good – very well taken.”
Asked on his best players for the match, Leadbeater said “Yeh either Fernando Lara or Ricky Simpson – I thought they were the best two players on the ground.”
“I think Fernando read everything well at the back and marshalled the two man markers very well, he also kept Ricky (Simpson) and Craig (Sullivan-Brook) in check to make sure they at least tried to do their job.”
“Ricky (Simpson) ran himself into the ground, covered a lot of ground, won tackles, made passes, scored the first goal, set up the second, I thought he had a tremendous game.”
“David Eggers played well – we changed his role a little bit, we got him to play behind the front two rather than play with a defensive midfielder, hoping that it would cause them to drop another midfielder back to mark him – which it did, it worked well in the first half.”
Asked whether he thought St Peters should have had a red card for either one of their two blunt challenges on Matty Ripper, Leadbeater said “I thought the first one they were both going after the ball, but no doubt that second one was a definite red card, last man, brought him down outside the box – he should have gone.”
Final Score: Ingle Farm 2 (Simpson, Nai) St Peters 1
A big thankyou to the Amatuer Leagues tireless workhorse Nick Swann for these terrific photos !!!!