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Young Cards go out with pride

Alan Barnes
5:13pm, Wed 14th Nov 2012
Portsmouth 2 Woking 1
FA Youth Cup - Round 2
13th November 2012

A crowd of over 500 at Fratton Park saw an entertaining game, with the result in doubt right to the end. It was a mild night and a good playing surface to pass on.

The first chance fell to the home side who passed the ball around well all evening. It sailed well over the bar. Whatmough tried an overhead kick from a corner but this was also over the bar.

Woking started to come into the game more as the half wore on with Ndjeka and Antwi getting shots in.

Pompey went ahead after 30 minutes with a large slice of fortune. A corner from the left went loose inside the six yard area and Triggs managed to get a toe to it and poke the ball home.

Woking got back into the game with a brilliant move. The ball was played wide right to Ndjeka who held it up well. Taylor raced into the box between two defenders to head the cross brilliantly into the left corner of goal for a deserved equaliser.

Half Time: Portsmouth 1 Woking 1

Five minutes after the break, Woking suffered a huge blow. Nkosi who had been booked in the first half was shown a second yellow by Mr. Lennard. It appeared to be a harsh decision as the young Card was just trying to win a 50/50 ball.

Ten minutes later a fantastic shot from around thirty yards from Alford flew into the top right corner of the Woking goal.

Woking to their credit sat deeper and took the game to their hosts whenever possible. The best chance came when Curd found himself on the penalty spot. He was able to turn and get his shot away only for Warren to get in a brilliant block on the ball.

As expected with a player light Woking spent much of the second half without the ball. They held their own very well and deserved the warm applause at the end. To play away at a league club and go down by one goal was a very good effort.

Portsmouth go on to play Bolton Wanderers away in Round Three.

Woking; Liam Allen, Tyler John (Ed Young 80), Sam Stone, Isaac Nkosi, Robbie Lobonza, Richard Gatcum, Danny Taylor (Harry Curd 72), Harry Findlay, Jordy Ndjeka, Craig Manderson, Nathan Antwi (George Dore 65)

Unused Subs; Warren Gibson, Jake John

Yellow Card: Isaac Nkosi

Red Card: (second yellow) Isaac Nkosi

Attendance: 521

Man of the Match: Danny Taylor

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