Fareport book final spot

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Fareport eased into the Len Day Cup final thanks to early second-half goals but the scoreline was harsh on a tenacious Tempest side.

Fareport forced a couple of early corners as they made the brighter start but there was little in the way of goalmouth action in the opening 10 minutes.

Tempest’s first corner nearly broke the deadlock. However, James Ramsey’s effort went straight at the keeper.

It was proving a typically-cagey semi-final but a defensive error led to Fareport taking the lead on 25 minutes.

Tempest defender Jon Collington was caught in possession by Jonathan Horn and the Fareport forward slipped the ball inside the far post despite the narrow angle.

But Tempest were level 10 minutes later. They were awarded a free-kick in a central position 25 yards from goal and Carl White curled the ball perfectly over the wall and into the top corner.

Fareport went close to regaining the lead shortly before half-time. Horn combined well with Tommy Parsons but the latter’s shot cleared the crossbar.

Fareport regained the lead soon after the restart from another stunning free-kick. Mike Queree looked set to deliver into the box from the right flank but crashed the ball in off the underside of the bar instead.

Another Fareport free-kick gave them a two-goal cushion after 55 minutes. Mikey Parsons struck the ball firmly from 30 yards but the Tempest keeper would have been disappointed to let his low effort slip inside the far post.

Crusaders were battling hard to get back in the tie and Steve Bain shaved the post with a shot, only for Fareport to score again from their next attack.

Aaron Munns’ long throw was flicked on to Horn who hooked the ball over his shoulder and into the net.

That ensured Fareport will contest the final at Horndean in May.

Len Day Cup semi-final

FAREPORT TOWN 4 (Horn 2, Queree, Parsons)