Third-tier Yew shock cup-holders Vale Rec
MANZUR YEW of Lancaster Two have caused arguably the biggest shock in 15 years of the Guernsey FA Cup.
The ‘Railway’ boys put out the cup-holders Vale Rec 2-1 at the Corbet Field, mounting a brilliant rearguard action after Dave Cusack had halved Manzur’s 2-0 half-time lead and piled on the pressure in the closing stages.
Luke Pattimore, the winning coach who was standing in for Miles Bougourd, can still scarcely believe it.
‘It was amazing really,’ he said.
‘I was lost for words after the game. I wasn’t expecting us to be 2-0 up and we knew they would come out of the blocks hard in the second half and they did have more of the ball.
‘But Leighton Chainey and Rhys Le Poidevin were outstanding at the back, as was Declan Collenette at right back and both the guys we used at left-back, they both put a shift in.
‘But it was a great team performance.’
Ali Domaille and Jack Lucas scored the goals for a Yew side who sit sixth in the third tier of the domestic game, but have shown their quality in two previous FA Cups.
‘We always thought we could give them a game. We were only 2-1 down to St Martin’s at half-time last season and the year before, when the group was at Rangers, we only lost 3-2 to Rovers.’
The win earns them a crack at the winners of Bels’ tie with Jersey side St Ouen in the quarter-finals.