Brampton Ellis 1 Rawmarsh Monkwood 2 A BRAVE goalkeeping performance from Joe Meredith ensured Rawmarsh Monkwood edged out Brampton Ellis to reach the Totty Cup Final.
The young goalkeeper charged out of his net to slide at the feet of oncoming attackers on numerous occasions in the second half to preserve Monkwood’s slender lead.
It was a lead they had to work hard for against a Brampton side which enjoyed the lion’s share of possession.
The first half saw the side’s trading shots with Jamie Walton and Connor Richmond testing Leigh Marrow in the Brampton goal and Jordan Watson and Matthew Brammer going close for Ellis.
Josh Sutton gave Brampton the lead in the 17th of 25 first half minutes when he turned inside the area and beat Meredith at his near post from 12 yards.
Monkwood’s response was instant – Richmond racing down the right wing and floating a ball in for Matthew Turner to head into the corner of the net.
Despairing legs from Marrow and his defenders couldn’t prevent the ball going over the line.
Oliver Barker shot over and Richmond shot wide as both sides looked to take a lead into the break.
The combination of Richmond and Walton unlocked the Brampton defence five minutes into the second half.
Richmond bisected the defence with a through ball that Walton allowed to bounce in front of him before he unleashed a volley from the edge of the area across Marrow.
Brampton’s fightback was aided by the quick feet of substitute Vinnie Ogden, but every time he or his teammates got into the Monkwood box, Meredith was out to meet them with a fearless lunge at their feet.
Watson, Ogden and Sutton were all thwarted by Meredith.
Man of the Match – Joe Meredith.
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