Hythe and Dibden 3 AFC Portchester 2
For the second year running AFC Portchester have succumbed to Wessex Division 1 opposition in the FA Cup.
The Royals were on the wrong end of a cup upset in Tuesday night’s replay and last season they were knocked out by AFC Stoneham at the same stage of the competition.
They can have few complaints for this fresh FA Cup embarrassment as Hythe outplayed them in both matches and in reality they should have progressed in the first game last Saturday.
Portchester weren’t good enough in either game to progress past a lower ranked side who showed more hunger and better play for the majority of the 180 minutes across the two games.
As with the first game though between these two sides, the outcome looked like it would be very different after Portchester took an early lead.
The visitors had to withstand some early pressure when Sam Woodward took the ball past keeper Brad Snelling - who was one of the few positives for Portchester across both matches - but the Hythe man couldn’t turn the ball towards the unguarded net.
Filippos Terzidis then pulled his shot from 25 yards wide of the target before at the other end Mike Turvey tried to lift his shot into the net but it went over the crossbar.
Portchester took the lead on 12 minutes after Turvey had been chopped down on the edge of the box. Ellis Martin curled the free kick past the defensive wall and into the top corner of the net.
Things almost got better for the visitors three minutes later when Owen Fee’s cross from the left picked out James Thomson and his diving header forced keeper Josh Cotton to dive full length to his left to push the ball around the post.
However, just like in the first game Portchester didn’t get the chance to enjoy leading for long as Hythe and Dibden equalised on 19 minutes.
Liam Golding was put clear on a run into the box and it looked like he had let the ball run away but when Josh Warren came in to challenge him, the home player went down and the referee pointed to the spot.
It appeared the home player had gone down a little too easily but Terzidis made no mistake with his spot kick by sending Snelling diving the wrong way.
After this it was one way traffic all towards the Portchester goal for the rest of the first half.
Golding’s throw in from the left was flicked on by Woodward and Cain Prentice tried to divert the ball into the net but he put his effort wide.
Terzidis then took a free kick from the edge of the box which took a deflection off the defensive wall but Snelling managed to keep it out. Terzidis reacted quickest to get to the rebound but fired his follow up effort across goal and wide.
Portchester then suffered a real hammer blow to their chances of rescuing this cup tie when they conceded a second goal a minute before half time.
A corner from the left was not cleared when it dropped into the six yard box and Sam Floyd was in the right place to prod the ball over the line.
The first ten minutes of the second half brought frantic end to end action as the visitors pushed forward in search of an equaliser and the home side sensed they could get a third goal to kill the tie off.
On 47 minutes a corner to the far post eventually found its way to Warren but Cotton smothered his shot from close range.
A minute later Woodward was sent racing clear of the Portchester defence and Snelling blocked his low shot. Terzidis was following up quickest once again but Snelling managed to keep his shot out as well.
On 50 minutes Warren again found the ball coming towards him in the box but he couldn’t get any power behind his shot as he attempted to hook it towards goal.
Hythe broke immediately and Prentice was sent clear of the visiting defence. Snelling managed to partially block his shot but the visiting keeper had to scramble back towards his line to stop the ball spinning into the net.
A long clearance by Snelling then picked out Thomson on the edge of the box and his knock down found Fee but his low shot rolled wide of the far post.
The home side eventually got their third goal on 54 minutes when they caught the Portchester defence in possession on the half way line. A quick pass sent Woodward racing clear and he outpaced two defenders before slotting a low shot past Snelling and into the net.
Portchester had a half chance moments later when a throw in on the right was flicked on by Thomson and Turvey’s overhead kick from ten yards out went straight at Cotton.
Snelling again came to the rescue on the hour mark when substitute Sam Boon got clear inside the box but the visiting keeper managed to block his shot.
On 79 minutes Boon again found space inside the penalty area and this time his shot did beat Snelling but it came back off the underside of the crossbar.
With two minutes remaining the visitors managed to pull a goal back when substitute Efu Kazadi’s persistence caught the home side trying to make too many passes inside their own box.
After intercepting the ball Kazadi hit a low shot back past Cotton but it was too little too late for Portchester, who had to swallow being the victims of an FA Cup upset for the second season in a row.
Goals: Ellis Martin (12 mins), Efu Kazadi (88 mins)
Line-up: Brad Snelling, Olly Searle (replaced by Jack Breed on 46 mins), Ellis Martin (replaced by Adam Cripps on 46 mins), Jordan Brooks, Josh Warren, Jack Barker, Stuart McConnachie, Rob Evans (capt), James Thomson (replaced by Efu Kazadi on 71 mins), Mike Turvey, Owen Fee.
Unused subs: Liam Bush, Brodie Spencer, Max Alderson.