MONEYFIELDS tumbled out in the second round of the Russell-Cotes Cup after a 2-1 loss to Hampshire League oufit University of Portsmouth last night.
Moneys boss Miles Rutherford named an unchanged side from the XI who won at Horndean on Saturday for the clash at Dover Road.
The hosts were fortunate to see an early long-range effort from University striker Kiri Portou smack both bar and post, before rolling along the line and going out for a goal-kick.
The high-flying Hampshire League visitors were very much in the driving seat, with Portou cutting a path through to bring a fine save from Moneys keeper Dave Hook at his near post.
Gradually, Moneyfields picked up the pace and Sol Asajile had two goalbound efforts turned aside by Ade Oyealga, before striker Steve Hutchings saw his shot saved.
More pressure followed, with both Luke Middleton and Dan Gauntlett going close.
Just before the interval, the hosts had a scare when the University broke quickly to the other end, where Mike Mayce met a cross at the far post but headed wide of an open goal.
Hook produced the goods for Moneys to deny the hard-working students the lead when he raced out to block Mayce’s fierce drive.
But the keeper could only watch in amazement as his defence failed to clear a cross and sub Lance Smith thundered home an opener from the edge of the area.
From the restart, however, Moneyfields drew level when Middleton and Conor Bailey created an opening for Jamie Hore to head in at the far post.
But on 70 minutes, the students rocked their hosts with the winner. A neat move ended with Smith setting up Mayce to drive a shot across Hook into the far corner of the net.
MONEYFIELDS: Hook, Evans, Wain, Rackley, Horrell, Gauntlett, Asajile, Middleton, Hutchings, Hoar, Bailey. Subs: Lee, Boyle, N’Doye, Gregory.
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH: Oyealga, Farbrace, Remedios, Gordon, McManus, Lewis, Moyce, Trewavas, Baxter, Portou, Mayce. Subs: Smith, Eyre, Mayakoute, Gengasamy, Atkinson.
n Fareham Town made a shock exit from the Wessex League Cup as they lost 2-0 against East Cowes Vics at Whippingham.
Matt Evans sealed the Reds’ fate with a goal in each half to take the first division leaders through on a bitterly cold night.
‘We didn’t deserve to win and East Cowes were the better team,’ said Reds secretary Ian Tewson.
‘It wasn’t one of our better performances.’
n Bognor are out of the Ryman League Cup after a 2-0 defeat at Leatherhead.
A goal either side of half-time ended the Rocks’ hopes of victory over a team who beat them to promotion via the play-offs last season – but only after a bright first-half performance from Darin Killpartrick and Jamie Howell’s team.
Kane Wills, Steve Harper and Terry Dodd all went close, before a slip by Callum Sheriff let Jack McLeod in for a run on goal and a shot which beat Craig Stoner a minute before the break.
Early in the second half, Elliott Thompson ran at a retreating defence and fired in the second.
After that there was little hint of a Rocks fightback, leaving them with only their Ryman one south promotion bid and the Sussex Senior Cup to focus on.
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