Cata-strophe for Tigers in FA Cup exit
PUBLISHED: 17:36 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:41 20 September 2010
A MISTAKE by Edson Cata gifted Clacton the win and sent Kingsbury London Tigers out of the FA Cup at the extra-preliminary round stage on Saturday. Late in the second half with the scores level at 1-1, Cata hesitated on the ball and was dispossesed in ce
A MISTAKE by Edson Cata gifted Clacton the win and sent Kingsbury London Tigers out of the FA Cup at the extra-preliminary round stage on Saturday.
Late in the second half with the scores level at 1-1, Cata hesitated on the ball and was dispossesed in central midfield, and could only watch as Clacton's Karl Andrade broke clear to plant the ball past Axinite Valentin.
It was a bitter end for the Tigers, whose afternoon began in perfect fashion when they took a deserved lead on 18 minutes.
Paulius Olisauskas had already come close with a shot as early as the second minute which the goalkeeper kept out but, when Ivan Gomes Forbes broke away and crossed for Olisauskas, the striker headed his side into the lead.
However, Clacton fought back strongly and were soon level. Seven minutes after the Tigers' goal a long ball out of defence fell to an unmarked Ray Turner in the area, and he was able to drive home the equaliser.
The Tigers dominated after half-time, and might have restored their lead when Cory Alleyne somehow missed the target from close range. Shortly afterwards, with Kingsbury piling forward, Giorgi Salaghishvili hit a stinging shot from 30 yards which the keeper tipped around the post.
Kingsbury looked the likelier side to find a winner, but then came Cata's blunder, and despite planty of late pressure from the Tigers, their FA Cup dream died for another year.
Kingsbury now turn their thoughts back to Spartan South Midlands League action, and have the chance to build early momentum with two home games from three before the end of August. The Tigers were hosting north London rivals Kentish Town as the Times went to press, while they host Dunstable Town on Saturday before travelling to Hatfield Town on Tuesday evening.
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