Scorers: Miguel Catalan (2), Tyler Corteggio
Lineup: Kevin Thaxter, Ciarán Kelly, Scott Halcrow, Aaron Thaxter (c), Tom Hunt, Tyler Corteggio, Svetozar Popov, Luke Kennedy, Maged Safar, Jordan Cole, Miguel Catalan
Subs: Sam Wakely
The View secured their place in a cup final coming out on top in a five-goal thriller against Woodingdean Wanderers at Preston Park.
This was the third week in a row that the sides had faced each other. The first in the series was a draw and last week’s offering resulted in a Woodingdean victory.
Woodingdean punished The View early in the game last week but the early exchanges in this affair showed that The View had learned from their mistakes.
Tom Hunt was unlucky not to score after Svetozar Popov picked him out from a corner, his effort skimming the crossbar.
Woodingdean took the lead soon after. The View had been playing neat possession football in midfield that broke down and Wanderers were quick to exploit the space. Kevin Thaxter parried the initial effort from outside the box but Woodingdean were first to react and tapped home from close range.
The View’s response was commendable for a number of reasons. Everyone on that team dug deep and put in a huge performance to see out the half.
The spine of the team that included Luke Kennedy, Maged Safar and Popov which was reinforced by Scott Halcrow and Aaron Thaxter were fundamental in leading The View’s response.
Kennedy was replaced by Sam Wakely in the first-half and Wakely made the transition from someone wearing shades on the sideline to a midfield enforcer look effortless.
It came as no surprise when The View equalised but the method might have done. Miguel Catalan who seemed to have very little space and no opportunity to see where he was going managed to spot the Woodingdean ‘keeper off his line and duly punished him with a beautiful lob.
The sides were level at the break and The View made their intentions in the second-half clear from the kick-off.
Safar played an excellent ball down the right from the centre circle after evading two players to Jordan Cole who attempted to lob the keeper as Catalan had done in the first half but his effort was just over.
From this point on, The View came into their own and played some great football all over the pitch. Catalan had a great chance to double his tally as well as The View’s. Ciarán Kelly went on a marauding run down the left going past a number of players with relative ease before delivering a cross that has become a trademark of the Irishman’s and has caused the makers of Bend it Like Beckham to consider renaming Bend it Like Kelly, Catalan’s effort was just wide.
Catalan did double his tally and gave The View the lead with a sublime effort after great work from Safar and Popov in the middle. Catalan took a shot from just outside the box and flew into the top corner past the helpless ‘keeper.
The View kept the pressure on and reaped the rewards doubling their lead. A free kick on the left flank delivered by Popov was cleared via Tyler Corteggio’s nose and into the net.
Kevin Thaxter’s goal was rarely threatened in the 15 minutes that followed until Corteggio high on adrenaline or suffering from concussion after his goal gave away a penalty that could only be described as soft.
The penalty was converted at the second time of asking due to encroachment despite Kevin Thaxter’s best efforts.
This put the pressure on the home side for the remainder of the game and The View were called upon to withstand an onslaught on Woodingdean pressure, however after much huffing and puffing, the ref eventually blew the final whistle and confirmed The View’s place in the final.
The final is to take place on 29 th April at Shoreham County Ground with a 1pm kick-off against St Peters.
Final Score - The View 3 – 2 Woodingdean Wanderers