PSV move into Trophy semis
PUBLISHED: 10:06 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
Herts Senior Centenary Trophy Quarter Finals Evergreen 0 Park Street Village 1 ANDY Murphy returned to haunt former club Evergreen as his solitary strike ensured Park Street s passage into the semi finals of the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy. PSV had to o
Herts Senior Centenary Trophy Quarter Finals
Evergreen 0 Park Street Village 1
ANDY Murphy returned to haunt former club Evergreen as his solitary strike ensured Park Street's passage into the semi finals of the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy.
PSV had to overcome several late withdrawals, with Pete Hanson's return to action delayed after he was called into work.
Park Street were up against a youthful Evergreen side, who were full of energy and ideas but resolute defending kept the hosts at bay. Murphy struck after half an hour, turning the ball home after Matt Newman had escaped the attentions of his marker and laid the ball across goal. Murphy and his replacement Dave Ross both wasted several one-on-ones but it was to prove incidental as PSV held on for the win.
Manager Ryan Thompson was delighted with the way his side had ground out the victory. "I'm really, really pleased. It wasn't about the performance, it was about getting into the semi finals. Evergreen must have been pig-sick because they played really well. We knew we had to work hard and to restrict their movement. They're young and fit and we've got a few older legs in the team. We haven't played much over the Christmas period but we coped really well with it. We stopped them from playing."
The PSV supremo also revealed how Murphy relishes coming up against his former side. "Andy Murphy loves playing against Evergreen. He played for them for a few games when he first started playing men's football and then he joined us. He scored the winning goal against them in the semi final's of the Aubrey Cup last year.
"He hates it when I take him off and he bends my ear for about an hour but his biggest attribute is his workrate. He desperately wants to win."
Evergreen visit Toulmin Drive this weekend in the league and Thompson says he will make changes: "I'll have a little change around on Saturday. It'll be interesting on Saturday now we know a bit more about them. We'll get them on our pitch which is bumpy and slick and they won't be able to play their neat passing game."
Park Street will host Hatfield Town in the semi finals of the Senior Centenary Trophy, with the tie due to take place on Saturday, February 7.
PSV: Kerby, Seeby, Wright, C.Day, McCarthy, A.Burns, Ruck, Woodruff, Murphy, Newman, Shackell. Subs: M.Day, T.Burns, Ross, Tahon, King.