The Isuzu FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying
Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G
2022-23 Season: Match 16
Saturday 24th September 2022 – 3pm KO
Romford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks
West: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks
Strong First-half display enough to ward off West Comeback to progress in the Vase
Romford 3 – 2 West Essex
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The FA Vase road this term continued with Romford hosting fellow Essex Senior side West Essex at Mayesbrook Park. Both sides have had signs of having productive campaigns and that’s why this tie won out. Romford named a strong team, with loanee Billy Lawlor in goal, a defensive four of Tambeson Eyong, Danny Hurford plus centre-backs George Allen and skipper Scott Doe, who was a pro at Dagenham & Redbridge several years back. The forward line was comprised of Emmanuel Robe, Charlie Morris and Jesse Olukolu, with support from Lewis Smith. West also had a near full squad to chose from. Arthur LeBlond kept the gloves, with a defence of Tyler Morgan, Joel Lamb, Emmanuel Oluwole and Tala Lo Seye. Timmy Moncur and Oliseh Okuguni were in central midfield, with Callum Bloss and David Bell in attack, supported by Pascal Thornton and skipper Cameron Gray.
As we match wore on, it was fairly clear to see that Romford’s front three (Olukolu, Robe and Morris) were lively and rapid. Jesse Olukolu in particular was a searing threat down the right side with his pace and passing. West had to overcome an early change to their backline as centre-back Emmanuel Oluwole had to hobble off, we wish him well. Substitute Sam McNally came on to replace him and was soon involved in the action. Olukolu and Smith had already had strikes at goal with LeBlond pulling off a decent save to deny Smith’s strike. Ultimately, the Blues managed to get through the Stags defence almost at will with their incisive passing and pace.
At the other end, West could not threaten the likes of Romford defenders Scott Doe and George Allen much although one good move worth noting involved forwards Cameron Gray, Pascal Thornton and Callum Bloss which ended with Bloss having a tame shot which didn’t unduly trouble Romford stopper Billy Lawlor. Romford did get the opening goal that they did merit on 27 minutes. Olukolu made another super run down the right side and got a cross in, which found Charlie Morris inside the area and a neat finish ensured Steve Butterworth’s side were ahead.
West responded almost immediately as Bloss’ free-kick brought a decent save out of Lawlor on the half-hour. Romford did double their lead though five minutes later as full-back Tambeson Eyong burst forward seeing space to run into, and he found Olukolu who was felled in the area. Kris Newby stepped up and fired the ball high into the left corner of the net. West would have been keen to dampen the momentum and get into the interval but Romford did get a third goal on the stroke of half-time, as Olukolu got the goal his performance did deserve as he got past two defenders and fired home from close range, high into the net which gave LeBlond little chance to deny him.
Half-Time: Romford 3 – 0 West Essex
Romford were good value for their commanding lead at the break as West needed quite a stirring response as the second half began. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rapid tempo of the first half did soften somewhat though the Blues nearly had a fourth goal at the midway point of the half. Substitute Camillo Restrepo got in on goal but with only the goalkeeper to beat, LeBlond did well to deny the effort low with his feet.
West Essex did get a reply on 69 minutes as a free-kick in a good position not far outside the penalty area. Oliseh Okuguni added to his good individual performance by curling in a well-struck low strike which found the right corner, getting past Lawlor well. Romford were leaving gaps to run into at the back but they held on to keep the rejuvenated visitors at bay, until the last moments as full-back Joel Lamb sent in a fine cross from the left flank which took a deflection and trickled over the goal-line, before Gray could bag himself a tap-in.
Soon after that second West goal, the referee blew his whistle for the last time and while there was a fractious brawl of sorts after the final whistle which saw Eyong get dismissed, the fact remained the Butterworth’s team had booked their passage through to the First Round proper of the Vase, winning another £725 in Prize money, and will get at least £250 more in next round whatever the result.
Full-Time: Romford 3 – 2 West Essex
In summary, Romford’s fine first-half performance was too strong for a disjointed West side to cope with, but the determined Stags did fight their back into the match the last 25 minutes or so. Ultimately though, Kwame Kwateng’s team had too much to do and they went out of the FA Vase here.
There were some fine performances to note in this match. For winners Romford, winger Jesse Olukolu had a fine game. Showcasing his pace and dribbling to good effect, as well as putting in dangerous crosses as well in a busy first-half. He took his goal well too, just before the break. Fellow winger Charlie Morris also had a good game and showed good positioning & composure to put his team ahead before the half-hour. Advanced midfielder Lewis Smith also really tested the visiting defence well and put some good passes forward to set up chances & lastly, Kris Newby also was a good presence in midfield.
For West Essex, midfielder Oliseh Okuguni put in another good, hard-working display in a midfield that did not have it easy. Okuguni’s fine free-kick gave his team a glimmer of hope too. Forward David Bell had a good game also and persisted well despite finding the home defence in miserly form. Midfielder Timmy Moncur put in another good shift and got into some good positions also down the channels while skipper Cameron Gray rounds out the mentions with another decent display, his crosses were a threat for the Romford backline to deal with.
Romford | Manager: Steve Butterworth | Assistant: Dan Spinks
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Billy Lawlor (GK), 2 Tambeson Eyong, 3 Danny Hurford, 5 Scott Doe (Capt), 6 George Allen, 4 Kris Newby, 8 George Cox (15 Camilo Restrepo 48′), 7 Jesse Odukolu (12 Jake Gordon 59′) , 10 Lewis Smith (18 Camillo Restrepo 81′) , 9 Emmanuel Robe, 11 Charlie Morris
Goal-scorers: Charlie Morris [27′] , Kris Newby [pen 35′], Jesse Olukolu [44′]
Booked: Wiggins | Sent Off: Eyong | Subs Not Used: Tuohy, Balisani, Ademi, Barlow
West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistants: George Karsa & Josh Rogers
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Arthur LeBlond (GK), 12 Tyler Morgan, 3 Joel Lamb, 5 Emmanuel Oluwole (4 Sam McNally 4′), 15 Tala Lo Seye, 10 Callum Bloss (9 Marlon Ortiz 76′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 22 Timmy Moncur, 20 David Bell, 11 Cameron Gray (Capt), 25 Pascal Thornton (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 57′)
Goal-scorers: Oliseh Okuguni [69′] , OG [90’+1]
| Subs Not Used: Ignatiuk (GK), Saliu Lo Seye, Wazola, Hardy
Referee: Adekola Adeyemi