Will it be gold for Cowes?

By Clare Newman

Friday, May 2, 2014


Cowes 4, West Wight 1

Cowes made it through to the final of the Island’s biggest football trophy, the Gold Cup, at St George’s Park on Tuesday night with a decisive victory over West Wight.

Cowes took the lead on eight minutes. Oliver Wilson played the ball from the half-way line through the West Wight defence and John McKie was able to run onto the pass before guiding the ball past the advancing Dave Thurman and into the net.

As the half progressed, West Wight began to play more in the Cowes half and equalised on 23 minutes. Kez Sampson broke down the right before putting a cross to the far post for Zak Harris to head in from ten yards.

Cowes regained the lead on 32 minutes when Jordan Browne cut in from the right, outpaced the defence and drove the ball low into the net.

Cowes continually pressurised the West Wight defence at the start of the second half and the pressure paid off on 68 minutes when Nathan Lewis blasted the third goal from 20 yards.

Cowes extended their lead when Thurman punched away a shot, which fell to Browne, who fired the ball in the net from just outside the penalty area.

Cowes had totally dominated the second half with only the occasional foray by West Wight in their opponents half.

Cowes now await the result of Saturday’s tie to see whether they meet Newport or Vectis Nomads in the final.

Cowes: Hatt, Adams, Bryan, Gregory, Insley, Wilson), Phelps, Lewis, McKie, Browne, Bricknell Subs: Draper, Wetherick.

West Wight: Thurman, Sampson, Sexton, Tyrell, Brett, Rann, Riddett, Millar, Dye, Bridges, Harris. Subs: Ross, Harris.

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