Dream is still alive for Moneys

Moneyfields celebrate their cup win over Gosport. Picture:Steve Reid 113138-482
Moneyfields celebrate their cup win over Gosport. Picture:Steve Reid 113138-482
Rowan Vine. Picture: Keith Woodland

Vine calling for Gosport to fight to the finish

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Wembley may have seemed a long way away to anyone at the FA Cup preliminary round clash between Moneyfields and Gosport Borough.

But while the open-top bus parade planned to drive through the streets of Alverstoke, Elson and Rowner has now been cancelled for another year, the residents of Copnor, Baffins and North End may yet get their opportunity.

A Moneys side – who looked like they were young enough to be a group of lads fearing the end of the school holidays – edged past their vastly more experienced Gosport opponents.

The News’ quest to follow the FA Cup’s unpredictable winding path to Wembley via our local non-league sides could yet take us off into unknown territory.

But Dover Road is a rustic setting for the FA Cup and there’s something earthy, familiar and welcoming about it as well.

Backing on to the adjacent train line, you wonder how many of the passengers on the 2.10pm from London Waterloo knew they were glimpsing a moment in this year’s FA Cup competition as they headed for Portsmouth Harbour.

It may not make the highlights reel when they do one of those end-of-competition look back videos from a plush Wembley TV studio.

But Moneyfields and Gosport will know they have played their part, regardless of who eventually ends up picking up the silverware in May.

It certainly wasn’t the classic David v Goliath encounter. In fact, it wasn’t a classic at all.

But Moneyfields can now rightly claim to be slightly-bigger-opposition-killers although it’s unlikely that term will ever catch on to replace its more commonly used FA Cup cliché, when a side from a lower league ousts a team from a higher one.

Moneys were energetic, honest and enthusiastic as they made tackles and showed admirable workrate, while they took two of the few chances they created.

Gosport disappointingly failed to show any of the passing quality that you would normally associate with a side playing at a higher level, although they threatened far more often.

In attack, only Justin Bennett looked like he was capable of doing something other than lumping it long and hoping for the best and Borough failed to make the most of his ability on the ball.

In fact, considering they were supposedly the more capable side, quite why they chose to send the ball skywards so often, rather than find a team-mate 10-yards away was hard to fathom.

A trip to Ryman League Godalming Town in two weeks’ time was the reward for Moneyfields, who enjoyed their win with the obligatory celebrations at the final whistle.

And while Moneys boss Miles Rutherford accepts that as a famous FA Cup upset, it won’t register among the greats, a shock is a shock nonetheless.

He said: ‘For the sides that were out there, I would say it’s a shock. It’s only a league apart so we’re not getting too carried away.

‘But if someone had told me at the start of the season that we would beat Gosport in the FA Cup, I would have called them a liar.’