Cranbrook into cup semi-finals after clean sheer success over high-flying Kentisbeare

PUBLISHED: 13:41 06 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:34 06 May 2019

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

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Cranbrook eased their way into the semi-finals of the Football Express Cup with a 2-0 win over a Kentisbeare Reserves side that was recently crowned Macron League Division Six champions.

After a closely contested first half with few chances at either end, it was Kentisbeare, who looked to carry the greater threat in the second half, but Cranbrook defended well and their 'play on the break' tactics worked superbly when, in a lightning quick raid, Ric Carpenter was hauled down in the area and centre back Craig Galloway tucked the spot kick home, scoring his eighth goal of the season in the process.

The Kents hit back and only a wonderful save by Cranbrook glovesman John Buckland denied them an equaliser before Cranbrook sealed their success with a fine goal! Liam Bounsall, who again covered every blade of grass on the pitch from his midfield berth, dropped a perfectly-weighted ball in behind the Kents' defence that striker Tom Taylor latched onto before finishing with aplomb!

Cranbrook boss Jon Martin said: “It was a terrific all-round show. We have not enjoyed the best of times over the past few months, but against a side that has enjoyed an unbeaten league season, scoring 136 goals along the way, we rose to the occasion and fully deserved to take the semi-final spot.

“We had a game plan that we stuck to and it paid off! The lads that I had available were magnificent!”

There was one blow for Cranbrook, with injury to winger Fraser Browning which will keep him out of Thursday night's (May 9), semi-final against Exeter-based Central.

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