Phoenix edge seven goal thriller

Herts Advertiser Knockout Cup

Phoenix were made to work very hard by a determined and well organised Icarus side for a 4-3 win as they progressed into the Knockout Cup Semi-Final.

Despite having all the early possession the League’s only unbeaten side in all divisions struggled to break down the Icarus defence.

As the game went on the visitors began to fancy a cup upset and although prolific goal scorer Liam Addlesee gave Phoenix the lead midway through the first half, Icarus equalised just before the break.

The second half started with Phoenix pressing hard again, but without result.

Shenhal Samarasinghe, who had impressed in recent reserve games, teased the Icarus back four as Phoenix looked to recover their lead.

However against the run of play it was Icarus who scored from a well taken free kick.

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Phoenix equalised through Seb Thomas, another player enjoying a first team game, and when Addlesee added his second with five minutes remaining it looked game over.

But to their credit Icarus still refused to lie down and poor marking in the Phoenix box let them in for an equaliser.

However with seconds left Trevor Stevens hit a great strike to take Phoenix into the semi-final.

Phoenix will have to improve on this performance to realise their ambitions of getting back into the Premier Division, progressing in the cups and bringing back some of the club’s past glories.

Division Two

Three Hammers recorded their fourth league win and gained revenge for an opening day defeat by Phoenix Res when they recorded a 4-1 victory.

Paul Lilly was in inspired form for Hammers and goals came from Craig Taylor (two), John Baines and Greg Deacon, his first of the season. Jason Lohan replied for Phoenix.

Cups round-up

Herts FA Sunday Cup

Skew Bridge progressed to the fourth round of the Sunday Cup with a fine 2-0 win against New Southgate.

Sam Mitchell scored his fourth cup goal of the campaign and Mark Hitchcock scored his fifth.

Herts FA Intermediate Cup

FC Potters Bar fell to a 3-2 defeat against Hadley Green FC despite goals from Dean Jarvis and Jason Mac.

Herts FA Junior Cup

Skew Bridge Res’ run in the Junior cup came to an end when going down 4-1 away to Hedgehog. Philip Lythgoe netted their only goal.