Moneyfields net Cup replay but it could have been better

Rob Evans
Rob Evans
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

Trophy dream is over for Moneys

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MONEYFIELDS boss Miles Rutherford watched his side keep their FA Cup run alive with a 1-1 draw at Godalming Town and then said: We should have won.

Moneys led the first qualifying round tie through Rob Evans’ fierce drive on 44 minutes.

Rutherford’s men dominated the tie but failed to add to their advantage.

And they paid the price when their lead was cancelled out by Ben Edwards’ glancing header on 57 minutes.

Rutherford said: ‘I think we deserved to have nicked the game.

‘I thought we were the better team, to be honest, and most probably had more chances.

‘We had clear-cut chances in the first-half.

‘I think we should have been two, or maybe 3-0 up.

‘In the second half, in the first 25 minutes, I thought we threw the game away.

‘But then we regrouped and got back hold of it.

‘And we were probably the better side for the next 20 minutes.

‘So it’s a little bit disappointing that we didn’t win the game, but we’re still in with a shout.’

The deadlock means Moneys will host Town on Tuesday evening in the FA Cup replay.

Rutherford may be tempted to call on experience for the replay, after admitting his youngsters were slightly daunted by their hosts.

He added: ‘I think we got a little bit intimidated in the second half. The boys got a bit wound up by a bit of experience, and a few older players who were niggling and kicking off the ball.

‘As the young side, we got a bit intimidated and fell into a little trap of theirs.’

But despite his men dominating the game, Rutherford is pleased to have a second chance to progress on their journey through football’s most prestigious cup competition.

Rutherford said: ‘We’re still in there, and if we were told that we’d come away with a draw from here, we’d probably have taken that, and get them back at home – which you’ve got to be happy with, to get a replay.’

And Moneyfields fans, and football supporters in Portsmouth, will have the chance to turn out in force on Tuesday at Dover Road and roar Moneys on as they continue their journey in the FA Cup.