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Blues down Midway to reach semi finals

(February 13, 2016)

Midway 1948 FC 1 - 3 Sidley United - Sussex FA Junior Cup Quarter Final

Sidley United responded to their first league defeat of the season in style as they saw off Midway to reach the semi finals of the Sussex FA Junior Cup.
The game appeared in jeopardy due to heavy rain and indeed only a last minute change of pitch saw the game go ahead and even then in very muddy conditions.
Blues began well with plenty of early possession but were unable to convert chances with Scrace and Roberts both seeing opportunities go begging. 
And against the run of play, Brighton and District League side Midway took the lead on 20 minutes as a ball over the top saw Veenaye Munsaram round Rogers in the Sidley goal and give the home side the lead which they took to the break.
Despite this setback, Sidley were in the ascendancy as they controlled the play and they restored parity on 57 minutes. John Carey played through Lee Roberts and he was wrestled to the ground by the last defender resulting in a penalty which was confidently converted by Arron Scrace.
And as Blues continued to carve out chances, they took the lead on 65 minutes as a free kick into the box saw Mark Funnell head past the goalkeeper to put Sidley in front.
Midway responded by coming forward more searching for an equalisser but weren't able to put Rogers under any serious pressure as the Sidley defenders kept the Midway strikers quiet. 
And Sidley were able to make sure of the win in the dying moments of the game as substitute Aaron Cochrane fired home after another good move to ensure that Sidley progressed. 
Blues will face Woodingdean Wanderers at home in the semi finals on March 5th. A good result in tough conditions and important to get back to winning ways. Next up is another important league game as Sidley face The J.C. Tackleway.
Sidley Team: Rogers, Godden, Aston, Funnell, Copley, Carey, Eldridge (Cochrane), Sanderson, Scrace (May), Corke (Elphick), Roberts.

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