Saints grateful for Wilson’s arrival
WHAT a night for Gregor Wilson.
After suffering the disappointment of losing the Loveridge Cup final to Rovers on penalties, the talented teenager quickly made his way from St Peter’s where he had been on St Martin’s under-18 duty to Blanche Pierre Lane where he came on as sub for the Saints first-team and showed more composure than any senior on the pitch to finally break the deadlock in the Guernsey FA Cup quarter-final against North last night.
It is a shame Wilson could not not have made it there sooner as he could have spared the spectators the necessity of extra-time after a goalless 90 minutes in which North had the better chances of the first half before Saints hit the bar twice in the second.
Then, less than 90 seconds into extra time, Ollie Smith’s excellent pass released Wilson down the left and he calmly placed his shot through Adam Bullock’s legs to put the hosts ahead.
The game ended in comical circumstances as, deep into added time, North threw everyone forward for a corner, including goalkeeper Bullock, only for Saints to clear their lines.
Paul Ramsden then won the race with Danny Hale to the loose ball, but he had a momentary brain fade and knocked a pass back towards his own goal where there was no-one waiting and Hale gratefully ran on and put the ball into the empty net with the last kick of the game to book a semi-final with Vale Rec.
Saints and North go head-to-head again tomorrow for a place in the Stranger Cup final.
Their semi-final will take place at the Corbet Field while the other last-four tie between Rovers and Vale Rec will be held simultaneously at the Track, both matches kicking off at 7.30pm.
- ROVERS U18s won the Loveridge Cup 4-3 on penalties after the game ended 3-3.