Parkgate 4-2 Barnton
By Niall Owens
Villagers lose out in FA Cup thriller
The Villagers lost out to Parkgate in a six-goal thriller on Saturday afternoon as we exited the FA Cup at the Extra Preliminary stage for the second season in a row.
In great conditions and on a fantastic playing surface both sides played their part, in a pulsating cup tie which sparked into life immediately, with Parkgate opening the scoring after only 9 minutes.
Carl Woodhead was on hand to bundle the ball into the net after we’d failed to clear our lines, but there was a huge amount of confusion as to why the goal stood. Keeper Connor Yarwood was clearly obstructed, prior to Woodhead being the last man on the line which allowed him to score, the referee then booked Adam McKillop for protesting.
Despite the setback the response from the Villagers was perfect with the lethal Jack Woolley levelling three minutes later with a fantastic header at the back post, as he got onto the end of a perfect cross from Chris Smith.
Jason McShane forced Aiden Tyas in the Parkgate net into the first of a string of fantastic saves, when he tipped over a goal bound effort from the edge of the box. But the home side carried the greater threat in the first half with Craig Fletcher missing a free header and then Yarwood was on hand as he forced a Danny Harris attempt onto the crossbar.
The home side regained the lead on the 33 minute when Kieran Hurst finished off an excellent team move with a low effort that left Yarwood with no chance. Once again, the response to going behind was excellent from the Villagers as Woolley was denied an almost identical second, with Tyas tipping his header over and out.
The sucker punch for the Villagers came into added on time in the first half, when Chris Howard’s speculative effort somehow beat Yarwood to send the home side into the break with a two-goal cushion.
Half Time – Parkgate 3-1 Barnton
Sub George Webster almost got the second half off to the perfect start as he forced Tyas into another fine save, but moments later Parkgate got the crucial fourth goal, with Charlie Stewart passing the ball into the net after another great move from the home side.
Instead of caving in the Villagers dug in and created a number of great chances, Sam Houghton first of all went close with a superb low drive from the edge of the box.
Despite sustained periods of possession from the Villagers, Parkgate carried a threat on the break and Yarwood was forced into a smart stop before McKillop cleared off the line to keep us in the tie.
Webster was controlling the game from midfield and almost got our second of the game as his effort just evaded the near post, but seconds later Woolley smashed home our and his second of the game to get us back in it.
Wesbter was then denied again by Tyas, before sub Chris Bandell was put in on goal to only see his effort cleared off the line. The Villagers were relentless in the second half and kept knocking on the door and Tyas produced his best save at the death somehow denying Bandell, whose powerful effort was tipped over.
Captain Jack McKay was forced off late on with an ankle injury but the Villagers continued to rally with Smith going close with a free header before an excellent save from Tyas once again.
Somehow the Villagers didn’t get the third goal that would’ve got themselves in with a shout of forcing a replay back at Townfield, but in Tyas we found a keeper who produced one of the best keeping performances in a number of years.
Full Time – Parkgate 4-2 Barnton