Hero Conor fires Moneys to Vase win

Conor Bailey. Picture: Neil Marshall
Conor Bailey. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Conor Bailey’s super-strike guided Moneyfields to an excellent 1-0 win at Western League outfit Hallen in the FA Vase.

Bailey broke the deadlock in the 65th minute – as he gave the home keeper little chance with a free-kick which found the top left-hand corner of the net.

Moneys then held on to the slender advantage to progress to the next round.

Dave Carter always felt it was going to be a tight affair.

‘One goal was always going to win the game,’ said the boss.

‘We came under a lot of pressure in the second half but we dug in to get the result.

‘It is a fantastic result when you consider we had eight players under 20 in our squad.

‘The pitch was boggy and there was a horrible wind blowing, so it was never going to be a game for the purists.

‘Hallen were a big, strong, physical side and tried to bully us a bit.

‘We refused to let them intimidate us, though.

‘We stood up to them and gave as good as we got.’

Moneyfields had the best of the chances in a goalless first half.

In the first 10 minutes, Rudi Plummer burst through but he was denied by a good save from the Hallen goalkeeper.

The game continued to be finely balanced after the break until Bailey produced his decisive strike.

After that the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Matt Shortt, who produced two outstanding saves to protect their lead.

Meanwhile in Wessex League division one, goals from Mike Silvanus and Conor Duffin gave United Services a 2-0 win over Andover New Street in a scrappy affair at Burnaby Road.

Both goals came in the second half.

Substitute Silvanus fired in a rebound after a shot was blocked.

And Duffin headed over the goalkeeper soon afterwards to clinch the three points.