10 Men Marketmen go out of the Evo-Stik League Cup
By Paul Munn
Local rivals win tie after a penalty shoot-out
On a chilly October evening 108 people, who braved the weather, saw the two Suffolk rivals serve up a good heart warming Cup Tie, with both clubs putting out strong sides.
The Marketmen started the match well with Adam Mills sending in a cross that Jamie Griffiths could not quite get a finishing touch to. This was closely followed by a good delivery from a free kick, that again the Marketmen attack couldn’t find the contact to finish it off. They continued to pressure the home side with some effective chasing and closing down.
A couple of minutes later the Marketmen won a corner, Jeremiah Kamanzi swung it in and the keeper had to produce a good punch from stopping it going directly in.
Leiston were themselves starting to create half chances and had two corners in quick succession, the first had to be smartly dealt by the Marketmen defence and the second calling on Jake Jessup to make a save.
Then Joseph Marsden had a chance when he collected the ball and ran at the defence, but was unable to provide a finish and the danger was cleared.
The Marketmen went close a few minutes later when a Reece Dobson free kick went just past the post.
Leiston started to look threatening on their quick breaks ensuring the Marketmen back five were kept busy throughout the game. A through ball that just eluded the centre forward when clear and a shot that needed to be cleared after a fumbled save, were two early resulting examples of these breaks.
Not to say that the Market men didn’t make the home defence work hard, with a Tariq Issa free kick producing a fine save from the home keeper and some good crosses kept them busy.
As did a quick free kick by Jeremiah Kamanzi, sending Conor McLaughlin down the right and in turn he found Joseph Marsden, whose cross to be fair was not one of his finest.
Leiston produced two chances as a result of breaks, with angled shot going just wide and another shot being blocked before it could hit the target.
In between these a Joseph Marsden effort required a save from the home keeper.
With 5 minutes left in the half Leiston broke forward quickly once more, a long ball towards the left hand side of the area, was nodded down into the path of their No. 3 (Seb Dunbar) who crashed his shot into the right hand bottom corner. 1-0 Leiston.
Soon after the Leiston goal Jeremiah Kamanzi combined with Joseph Marsden, who in turn sought out Jamie Griffiths, alas his shot went over the bar.
Just before the half-time whistle Leiston won a corner when the Marketmen defence cleared a good cross. The resulting corner was only half cleared leading to a Leiston shot that just went wide.
Half Time: Leiston 1 vs Needham Market 0
The second half started much the same way as the first one ended, both sides trying to get forward at every opportunity. There were a couple early runs by Marketmen Tariq Issa and Jamie Griffiths that required some good defending to prevent any danger on the home goal. Likewise Leiston had an early shot that required action from Jake Jessup.
A few minutes into the half saw the first real chance of the half, which fell to the Marketmen. Callum Sturgess fed Adam Mills on the left, who fired in a low cross across goal, the home keeper did well to push it clear, but the ball came to Reece Dobson, who saw his shot blocked as it was on its way to the target.
Then it was the turn for the home side to have chance on goal in the form of a free kick out wide. It was hit deep and bounced of the crossbar and luckily for the Marketmen it went out of play.
The Marketmen also had a potential chance from a free kick not long afterwards, but Callum Sturgess sent his effort over the top.
Minutes later the same player had another shot at goal, when he received the ball from a blocked Joseph Marsden cross and this time his effort was blocked at the expense of a corner. The resulting corner also nearly produced a goal when when the home keeper did remarkable well to keep Jeremiah Kamanzi's inswinging corner out.
Midway through the half the two sets of players had a little heated discussion over an incident which resulted in a yellow card for Adam Mills and a Leiston defender.
Shortly afterwards Leiston had a corner which was cleared and allowed Reece Dobson to break forward, he found Adam Mills who put in a decent cross which had to be cleared for a corner, which Tariq Issa crossed in to find the head of Daniel Morphew, but unfortunately he sent his header wide. That was the last piece of action for Adam Mills as he was replaced by Evan Collard.
Entering the final 10 minutes the Marketmen continued their search for an equaliser and only for a good save from a Tariq Issa run and shot stopped that from happening this time.
A minute later the Marketmen then brought on James Carragher to replace Conor McLaughlin.
With the clock ticking, a long Daniel Morphew clearance sent Callum Sturgess on his way up the field, his endeavours were rewarded when he won a corner, which resulted in firstly a shot from Tariq Issa being blocked and a similar fate for Daniel Morphew following up on the first block.
Joseph Marsden's shift came to an end 4 minutes from the end of normal time when he was replaced by Tyler Rose. Hindsight may have been a wonderful thing if it had been available to the management team last night.
A minute later Leiston were attacking down the left when a foul was committed by Tariq Issa that warranted a yellow, unfortunately it was his second of the evening and had to therefore had to depart the pitch.
As the match edged towards the final minute of normal time the Marketmen again pushed forward and after some good play down the right the ball was playing in to Reece Dobson, who had space on the edge of the box. He turned and this time he fired the ball passed the impressive home keeper's near post to level up the scores. 1-1.
Neither side managed to create a meaningful chance during the added time. That meant a dreaded penalty shoot-out was required to settle the tie.
Full Time: Leiston 1 vs Needham Market 1
The Marketmen were first up in the shoot-out.
Daniel Morphew crashed his penalty against the bar. 0-0.
Leiston’s No. 16 slotted his pen away. 1-0 Leiston
Jamie Griffiths calmly tucked his pen passed the keeper. 1-1.
Leiston’s No. 11 beats Jake Jessupwith his spot kick. 2-1 Leiston
Jeremiah Kamanzi stepped up and found the back of the net. 2-2.
Leiston’s No. 2 fired home his spot kick. 3-2 Leiston
Reece Dobson unfortunately sent his pen over the bar. 3-2 Leiston
Leiston’s No. 2 wrapped it up with a good spot kick. 4-2 Leiston
Penalty Shoot-out: Leiston 4 vs Needham Market 2
Overall a good performance by the Marketmen and a good cup tie to watch. No doubt some good positives have been taken from the game and I'm sure that the Management team will build on these as we get back to league action at Bloomfields on Saturday
LEISTON: Beckwith, Hammond, Dunbar, Knights, Jefford, Bullard, Aitkens (Moore, 75), Warde, Blake (Ramadan, 81), Reed, Brothers.
NEEDHAM MARKET: Jessup, McLaughlin (Carragher, 81), Sturgess, Kamanzi, Dye, Morphew, Marsden (Rose, 86), Issa, Dobson, Griffiths, Mills (Collard, 77).