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Match Report Dunn Cup: ORFC vsKCS Wimbledon

Match Report Dunn Cup: Old Reptonians 3-1 KCS Wimbledon 

Squad: Jones, Mann, Jackson, Urwin, Bywater, Evans Al, Redfern (c), Aliev, Norcross, Samra N, O'Callaghan, Pollard, Golding Josh

The ORs marched on into the semi-finals of the Dunn Cup following a convincing and controlled performance in the 3-1 victory over KCS Wimbledon. The boys put on an excellent performance in front of a decent crowd of spectators and also a few long-lens cameras that have some excellent photos (link at the bottom).

What was rightly considered a daunting task before hand turned into a domiant win for the ORs over KCS who sit a division above the ORs in the Arthurian League. They also had only lost once all season before Saturday and the ORs knew they were in for a tough afternoon, however the belief was there from the first whistle.

High winds were forcast for the weekend but fortunately it wasn't too bad for the spectacle on Saturday and didn't ruin a decent clash between the two sides. The OR's lined up 3-5-2 in their familiar blue and yellow strip. A bold move from captain redfern that certianly paid off. A very formidable back three of Jackson, Mann and Urwin boasted experience and the ability to play and they were very much the foundation for the ORs success.

The team started to see a lot of the ball. Al Evans and Bywater occupied the left and right wing back positions and were providing support at the right times to the forwards and their defence. In midfield skipper Redfern was dictating the play from deep while Aliev and Norcross on Dunn debuts were the real dangers and the ORs looked to get them on the ball as much as possible. Up front O'Callaghan and Samra formed a very good partnership and worked in unison with one coming short to hold up the ball and the other going beyond the last man on the large pitch to stretch the slightly older KCS side.

The ORs first goal came from a decent passing move. Inter-changers between Jackson Aliev and Samra initially lead to the ball going wide to Evans. With a lot of taller Wimbledon players in the box it wasn't a day for high crosses to the back post, the balls needed to be precise. Evans picked out Norcross who timed his run to perfection, first beating his defender and firing a shot goalwards. The Wimbledon keeper saved the first attempt but could only parry out to O' Callaghan
who scored another trademark goal from the 6 yard box. 1-0 ORs. 

The secodn goal seemed inevitable you felt, however not sticking to the script, KCS levelled with a rare venture into the OR penalty box. After securing a long throw the KCS striker got a powerful shot away. Lewis Jones deputising in goal for the ORs made a superb reaction save, however the rebound fell kindly for the striker to put the ball home for the equaliser. 1-1.

Not rocked by this the ORs knew they had to get back to what they had done well in the game. They replied a few minutes before half time with a bit of magic from Norcross
. Receiving the ball on the edge of the box from Aliev he danced into the box and powered a low drive into the bottom corner of the net to restore the ORs lead. 2-1 ORs at half time. 

The ORs took on some well earned fluids as well as some words of wisdom from Repton Schools very own "Clough and Taylor" duo in Matt Carrington and Nigel Kew. The two of them have coached and managed all of the current squad at some point during their tenure with the school so it was great to have them on the touchline and so ingrained in helping the ORs over the line.

The secodn half saw the ORs come close on a few occasions, however the fluidity they had showed first half to switch the play and attack at pace was lacking a little. Some credit must go to KCS Wimbledon who had pushed higher and were trying to create a little more but Jones in goal and the defensive unit of Repton was standing strong.

Finally the all important goal went in for the ORs. With it looking the only way in which KCS were going to equalise being a set piece it was ironic that it was the Old Reptonians who got the all important goal from a free kick. Captain Redfern whipped the ball in at pace for Ed Jackson
at the near post to head home and all but secure the win for the ORs. 3-1.

The final whistle blew and the job was done. A thoroughly professional performance from the ORs had seen them book their place in the final four of the illustrious Dunn Cup. Some fine skill, togetherness, guile and fight was there for all to see on a fine afternoon in Repton. 

We await the draw to see who we play next with most of the other quarter-finals being played this weekend (15th Feb). We await the draw with anticipation and not trepidation. A home draw will of course be the preferred outcome but the opponent is less relevant! 

A huge thank you to all the spectators who came down to watch and we hope to see you again at the next round.

League action returns this weekend with the ORs taking on top of the league Brentwood.

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