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Keymer & Hassocks (Home) - JCC Semi Final - Cup
Result: 3 - 1 aet (Won)

Scorers: Kevern (2), Keane

Lindfield progressed to the final of the Junior Charity Cup after a battling extra time victory over a decent Keymer & Hassocks side, who could have easily snatched the win themselves. The first half was pretty scrappy with both teams trying to find their feet early on, Lindfield’s back 4 of Ashdown, Bartlett, and the brothers Shaldoum were solid and skipper for the day Sam Baker was trying to dictate in the middle of the park. Chances were few and far between, with Irvine having an effort saved by the Keymer keeper towards the end of the half the only real chance of note.
The second half was livelier as Lee, Campo and Irvine especially looked dangerous, with Campo and Irvine linking up well with the latter crossing near perfectly across the six yard box just inches too high for Kevern; who could only put his header agonisingly wide of the post when a goal looked the only result! Ellison in goal made a couple of good saves as Keymer launched some good attacks of their own, coming close on a couple of occasions. In the last few minutes a Lindfield corner was swung in and Shaldoum nodded towards Kevern who headed towards goal only to have his effort cleared off the line. Keymer then went up the other end and after their striker got to the ball in the box just before Bartlett, he was fouled and the referee rightly pointed to the spot. With the Lindfield players fearing the worst Ellison came to their rescue and forced extra time with a superb full stretch save from the penalty kick. The players from both teams went into extra time knowing that there was a tough 30 minutes in store for them and that the first goal could be all important.
The deadlock was broken by Lindfield midway through the first half of extra time as Lee put Kevern down the line, he cut inside and smashed towards goal, where it struck a Keymer defender on the knee and the deflection left the Keeper with no chance. The Swans carried on dominating the end of the period with a Kevern free kick curling just wide of the post after Campo was brought down and Baker striking over from the edge of the box. The second half started and Lindfield rather sat back on their lead as Keymer pushed on for the equaliser, and they got it as their right back, who was their best player throughout the game, set up their winger who crossed in and it was stabbed home from the edge of the 6 yard box. The Lindfield lads who were cramping up and looking tired could have collapsed and given the game away. The boys responded to the challenge superbly; they fought back and when Irvine laid the ball square to Kevern on the edge of the box he finished nicely into the far corner of the net and put Lindfield back in front. At this point Keymer pushed everyone forward in search of the second leveller, and with that Lindfield broke and subsitute Keane ran through after the ball was won by Budgen, Keane rounded the goalkeeper and made it 3-1 effectively killing off the tie. Keymer had one more late chance with their midfielder heading wide when in good space.
A very hard fought victory for the Swans, all credit to Keymer though as the result could have been a very different one. MOM goes to Ellison for his penalty save among other things but the whole team should be given credit for all of the fight put in the secure their place in the final.