Peter Bentley – SemiFinal Match Report

Steyning booked their places in the Peter Bentley Cup final this coming Saturday with a convincing 5-0 victory over Midhurst & Easebourne FC at Wick FC last night. The victory keeps alive the hopes of a sensational league and cup double for the Barrowmen as their extended season gets better and better.
Last nights game was done and dusted by half time as the Barrowmen were in irresistible form in the first period scoring four unanswered goals. In truth two of the goals were absolute gifts from Midhurst, however give the number of other chances created and spurned it is hard to argue that Steyning were not good value for their four goal ascendency at half time.
The scoring opened after just seventeen minutes as Harry Shooman bundled home from close range after a low cross from Meehan who was set away down the right from a lively Goldson. Minutes later it was two as the Midhurst keeper spilled a routine cross and that man Shooman, with an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, was there to fire home from close range. Steyning were now rampant and breaking through the back line at will. Goldson missed a one on one shortly before Meehan, who was having a field day down the right hand side, cut in from the right and scored a thumping effort via a slight deflection high in to the net.
At this point Midhurst heads were starting to drop and they were offering little as an attacking threat apart form a few shots from distance and a series of corners that were well dealt with defensively. Just as the fans were starting think about their half time cuppa there was a fourth goal as Shooman, who had just been denied a hattrick by the post, squared unselfishly for Radley-Martin to finish calmly in to the bottom right hand corner. Shortly after Radley-Martin struck the post and that was that for a breathtaking first half.
The second half took a rather predictable turn as Steyning took their foot off the gas slightly and Midhurst upped their game playing for the proverbial pride. There were a number of chances created by the Barrowmen but nothing as clear cut as the chances that were being created in the first period. In fact it took until the 90th minute to add the ‘coup de grace’ as Shooman completed his hat-trick. This goal was the pick of the bunch as the ball swung in from the right and Shooman rose majestically to steer home a header from near the penalty spot in to the bottom left corner.
So 5-0 it finished and another great win for the team. We don’t like to single out individuals very often, as Steyning is very much about the collective team on and off the pitch, however Harry Shooman has to be congratulated on passing the 30 goal mark for the season. So many of the goals have come in big matches at the right time, and this statistic is even more staggering given he has played left back, centre back, left wing and at number 10. A utlilty player and a goal scoring machine at the same time. Well done Harry.
The Peter Bentley Final will be played this coming Saturday 11th May at 3pm against Crowborough at Hassocks FC. We urge you all along to see if the Barrowmen can create a little bit of history.
Steyning: Szendela-Goetzke Fuller Weller Cooper Da Costa Barnes Edwards Radley-Martin Meehan Goldson Shooman Subs used:C Clark Remfry Francis Leahy Towning
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