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Fisher 4-1 Rusthall
84 people came to see the Fisher book a last 16 home tie with Snodland and they did not leave St. Paul’s disappointed.
Fisher made some changes and it was a welcome return for Luke Haidarovic in midfield. A very strong looking bench for fisher would play there part in the second half.
A bright opening start from both sides saw kush Campbell-Palmer using his pace
And size to good effect.
Some great hold up play from “Kush” using his strength and vision bringing the likes of Trey Small and Rob Brown into play.
Both Rusthall centre backs could not cope with kush and must have been glad to see the back of him when he was replaced in the second half.
The lively Lynos Rwodzi found himself on the ball many times in the opening quarter of an hour for Rusthall and he dovetailed well with full back Ryan Hinkson who had his hands full looking after Trey Small who is in a rich vein of form. Small played very well again last night and looks to be enjoying his football.
The opening goal came in the 16th minute and it was that man Campbell-Palmer who scored. A ball was played down the right channel and Kush was on it in a flash outrunning everyone around him. As the Rusthall players closed in kush kept his composure and drove in on goal. The finish was low and fired across the keeper into the far post.
After the restart both sides tried getting on the ball and getting into the ascendancy. Rusthall always restarted very quickly from set pieces and tried to get back into the game. The football they played you would not think they were bottom of the scefl.
A lengthy stoppage for a head injury to Luke Haidarovic slowed the tempo but only briefly.
Before half time kush could have had a hat trick. One shot well saved and another shot blazed over.
Rusthalls one chance came from a set piece from the left. The set piece was floated in and a solid header was headed goalwards!!
If the ball had been placed anywhere but straight into Dan Wheelers hands the score at half time may have been 1-1.
As Wheeler saved it the half time score was 1-0 to fisher.
Andrew Mott replaced Luke Haidarovic at half time. Fisher needed a second goal to kill off the cup tie.
The game was over as a contest as fisher went on a nine minute goal blitz early in the second half.
In the 49th minute Chandler Kasai broke away down the right and cut into the box. Kasai was poleaxed by Robbie Bissett who picked up a yellow for his challenge.
Rob Brown scored from the resultant spot kick to increase the lead. 2-0
Three minutes later it was 3-0 after a fine flowing team move. Kush collected the ball with his back to goal around the penalty spot. And when you thought his chance had gone he swivelled and got his shot in which went it just inside the keepers right hand post.
Six minutes on and Trey Small looked like he would be blocked out. But he burst between two defenders and was brought down in the box.
Once again the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot for another stonewall penalty.
Up stepped Rob Brown to take his second spot kick. But being the ultimate team man he passed the ball to young Kush.
Kush duly dispatched his spot kick down the centre of the goal and completed his hat trick, claimed the match ball. And MOM
Kush made way for Tunde Aderonmu who was returning after missing several weeks through injury. Tunde gave a good cameo performance and was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.
Damo Ramsamy replaced Kasai in fishers final change.
The game was over as a contest and I feel fisher slowed the tempo a touch.
This let Rusthall play more football in the final half hour.
In the 70th minute Rusthall sub Charlie Sharmen arguably scored the goal of the game. After a nutmeg on Ramsamy, Sharmen carries the ball forward went past Tobin, Wanogho and fired low past Wheeler who didn’t move!! 4-1
In the remaining twenty minutes Fisher could have added to there tally but a combination of stout defending and a couple of good saves from the keeper kept the score the same.
Fisher vs Rusthall
Tuesday 4 December 2018
SCEFL Challenge Cup – 2nd Round
Kush Campbell-Palmer 16, 52, 58
Rob Brown 49(p)
Charlie Sharman 70