Comfortable passage for Boro’

Boro’ were in control from the start and though the visitors, who sit in 3rd place in the Hellenic League Premier Division, played quite well at times, our defence was not seriously troubled too often.

Both sides had an early chance with McDonald, one of their best players, being first to show serious intent when he burst through after 6 minutes only to shoot well wide.

Not long after, Emmerson latched on to a corner played short to him, but shot wide from 20 yards.

Nic Ciardini shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box and a minute later Boro’ took the lead when Jack Barton rifled home from just outside the box after 12 minutes. Farnborough 1-0 Longlevens.

Driscoll conceded a corner from the visitors free kick and McDonald headed wide from the cross.

Ciardini appeared to have been tripped as he burst into the box, but Referee Greaves waved away all appeals. Annoyingly, Nic was then booked when he got up and was adjudged to have committed a foul in trying to regain the ball.

Having shot wide from distance, O’Connor again went clear and, as Driscoll rushed out, he accurately chipped the keeper only for Terrell Forbes to save Boro’s blushes by heading out from under the bar.

Curtis Osano picked up the ball just over the halfway line and ran on for 50 yards or so before Smyllie upended him in the area. CJ Fearn hammered home the Penalty on 24 minutes to double Boro’s lead. Farnborough 2-0 Longlevens.

Boro’ kept up the onslaught and came close to increasing the lead on several occasions. Beaton took the ball off Jamie Cureton’s toe as he was about to pull the trigger and Boro’ bombarded the visitor’s goal with attempts being blocked by an overworked defence.

Cureton again went close and John Oyenuga was only marginally wide of the post following a good move down the right.

In added time Beaton clearly prevented Huggins from taking a throw and in his attempt to reclaim the ball a slight scuffle occurred. Much ado about nothing, but both players were booked. The half ended following one added minute.

HALF TIME: Farnborough 2-0 Longlevens

An opening 45 minutes which Boro’ largely controlled and the visitors were restricted to attempts from distance which were mainly wide of the target.

The Second half began at 4:05pm with neither side having made any changes.

The opening five minutes of the half were to prove pivotal as Boro’ effectively wrapped the tie up with two further goals.

The third goal on 47 minutes was a firm header from Curtis Osano at the far post following a good move and cross from the right. Farnborough 3-0 Longlevens.

Three minutes on and Dennis Oli finished well after another right side attack on 50 minutes. Farnborough 4-0 Longlevens.

The visitors were under almost constant siege and Beaton headed out from under his bar to prevent further damage with Ciardini only just wide with his follow up attempt.

In a rare attack, O’Connor curled a 20 yard effort wide of the post before Boro’ further increased their lead. John Oyenuga, who was having a good game and causing problems for the visitors burst into the box and was brought down.

This time Jamie Cureton stepped up and rattled home the resultant Penalty on 66 minutes. Farnborough 5-0 Longlevens.

Boro’ replaced Dennis Oli with Habib Cissoko on 67 minutes.

With Boro’ continuing to attack further goals always seemed likely.

Both sides made changes as follows: Boro’ replaced Huggins and Terrell with Battie and Batchilly on 70 minutes.

Longlevens brought on Kavanagh and Bernard for O’Connor and Martin also on 70 minutes.

John Oyenuga had again been subjected to some rough treatment and Hughes received a yellow card for yet another foul on the quick number seven on 73 minutes.

While Boro’ were well in control, both sides had chances in the final 15 minutes.

A 25 yard free kick by Jack Battie got through the wall and Ollie Hall was rather fortunate to scramble it clear.

Smyllie had a good chance from a cross but headed straight at Joel Driscoll then Cureton watched as an attempted lob dropped just over the bar.

Longlevens made their final change on 75 minutes when Jack Byard replaced Craig Beaton.

The final 15 minutes saw Vanstone shoot over from distance and a Jack Battie effort go straight to the keeper, before Smyllie saw Driscoll tip his shot over for a corner.

To their credit, the visitors kept trying and in the final minute of normal time were awarded a Penalty which McDonald duly slotted home though Driscoll came close to stopping it. Farnborough 5-1 Longlevens.

Mr Greaves called time after three added minutes.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 5-1 Longlevens

In all events, a straightforward progress into the next round with some good solid performances. To their credit, Longlevens kept trying and even though some of their defending was a bit agricultural in execution, one couldn’t begrudge them their 90th minute consolation.

Well done Boro’, nice to get a Cup win and a good chance to progress even further.

Come on you Yelloowsaa!!

Match Report by Tony Duff.


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