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13 Sept 2008 FAC1QR Meir KA 1-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

F.A. Cup 1st Qualifying Round – Saturday, 13th September 2008

Meir KA 1 Halesowen Town 1

Halesowen could only manage a replay against Midland Combination Meir, but their embarrassment could’ve been worse as the hosts held an unlikely lead for most of the first half.

Over 80 league places separate the two sides in the non-league pyramid, but lively striker Nathan Chin-Shaw proved a handful all afternoon and he set the warning lights flashing by bursting clear in the second minute before losing control.

Wasteful Halesowen should have made the game safe within the opening few minutes. Justin Rowe cleverly stepped over Daryl Taylor’s first minute cross from the left but goalkeeper Richard Amison saved with his legs from Dean Brennan. Brennan was guilty of scooping over the bar from just three yards after Rowe did well to outpace his marker down the left in the 6th minute. Rowe then poked just wide after working himself clear on goal in the 11th minute.
The Kings laid the potential for a major Cup upset by taking a shock 12th minute lead when centre-forward Ryan MISZKIEL nipped in to slot home after capitalising on a mix-up between central defender Tom Kemp and young debut goalkeeper James Russell.

As the first half wore on, the Yeltz won a series of corners without making any real progress against the battling home defence and the long grass at Hilderstone Road provided no real excuse for Halesowen’s inability to impose their authority and convert a host of chances. Michael Briscoe headed on a 19th minute corner but Tom Bryant ballooned over from five yards. Bryant’s 31st minute header looped wide and Rowe flashed a 34th minute header past the post.

But it was troublesome Chin-Shaw who then twice went close to increasing Meir’s lead and creating an unbelievable scoreline. The livewire striker did well to find an opening down the right to force a corner in the 37th minute and repeated the trick just two minutes later to win another corner as his effort struck the side-netting.

Halesowen blushes were eventually partially spared when ROWE smashed into the roof of the net from close range to level the scores from Aaron Cornwall’s 50th minute left-wing cross.

With the visitors then expected to exert their superior status, Amison saved well when Jay Denny met Daryl Taylor’s 53rd minute cross and Brennan hit over the bar on the hour following a splendid long pass from Alex Cowley.

But man-of-the-match Amison went on to make a string of fine saves to earn Meir’s magnificent draw. The in-form goalkeeper kept out Rowe’s 62nd minute header from Cornwall’s cross and then Cowley’s long range effort two minutes later. Amison grabbed the loose ball in the six-yard box from Rowe and Cornwall seconds later and his defence hacked clear after Cornwall weaved through in the 66th minute.

Busy Amison tipped Dwayne Lee’s 68th minute free-kick from 25-yards around the post before opposite goalkeeper Russell headed clear from pacy Chin-Shaw in the 74th minute. Rowe fired straight at Amison on 79 minutes and home substitute Andrew Teague won an 82nd minute corner on the break. Inspired Amison superbly beat away substitute Jermaine Palmer’s 83rd minute shot and gratefully clutched onto substitute Darren Caskey’s floated cross five minutes into injury time to secure a deserved replay for Meir on Tuesday evening at the Grove.

Despite displeased manager Morell Maison keeping his players on the pitch at the end of the game, there was an over-riding relief that Halesowen had ‘got away with it’ and that the outcome of Tuesday’s replay would surely be very different.

Meir KA: Amison; Kelter (Riley 71), Gibbons (Clegg 70), Barras, Leadbetter, Reaney, Harrison, Woolley, Miszkiel (Teague 67), Chin-Shaw, Philcock. Unused Subs: Cropper, Buckley.

Halesowen Town: Russell; Cowley, Bryant, Kemp, Briscoe, Denny, Taylor (Caskey 67), Lee, Rowe (Danks 79), Brennan (Palmer 60), Cornwall. Unused Subs: Abbey, Allward, Hummell, Melitas.

Referee: J. Simpson (Telford)

Attendance: 214

Booked: Kelter (3), Lee (17), Miszkiel (22), Gibbons (48), Kemp (61), Clegg (76), Philcock (80)

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