Away | 06 September 2016
RUSHALL Olympic made Emirates FA Cup progress with a hard-earned 1-0 first round qualifying replay victory at Soham Town Rangers.
The Pics opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Stan Mugisha did well to feed Josh McKenzie who showed power and pace before tucking the ball home.
As the hosts looked for an instant response, Jordan Gent headed inches wide from a good position they then had a goal ruled out for handball in the build-up by Dubi Ogbonna.
Rushall were causing problems on the break but having to defend in numbers at the other end with Jose Veiga making a couple of smart saves to keep the hosts at bay.
The early action of the second half saw Henry Eze clear off the line from Salim Relizani who managed to get in a low strike from a tight angle.
The Pics had to defend resolutely as the home side upped the pressure in search of an equaliser, whilst Mikael Partodikromo and Alex Reid both saw efforts flash wide for Rushall.
A last-gasp free-kick on the edge of the area flew just over from Darren Foxley as Rushall held onto our lead to earn a home tie with Kettering Town in the next round.
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS: Bogard, Harris, McDonald (White 31), Horne (Russell 78), Gent, Groves, Foxley, Paterson, Ogbonna, Sharman, Relizani. Subs: Gardner, Theobald, Nightingale.
BOOKING(S): Ogbonna, Paterson, Horne, White, Foxley, Relizani
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Fitzpatrick, Partodikromo, Forde, Eze, Kettle, Whittall, Walters, McKenzie (Diop 89), Mugisha (Antonio 81), Reid. Subs: Keates, Arnold, Berry, Squire.
GOAL(S): McKenzie (6),
BOOKING(S): Partodikromo, McKenzie