Tangerines in Vase exit
Newmarket Town 3, Diss Town 0: Diss were drawn away at Ridgeons Premier League Newmarket Town in the opening round of the FA Carlsberg Vase. Their chances of progressing ended in controversial style in the 63rd minute.
Newmarket Town 3, Diss Town 0
Diss were drawn away at Ridgeons Premier League Newmarket Town in the opening round of the FA Carlsberg Vase.
Their chances of progressing ended in controversial style in the 63rd minute. U18 team captain Damien Phelan, who was making a fine first team debut due to Chris Gibbons being taken ill on the morning of the match, was at the centre of incident.
Referee Sean Ferrick ruled that he had intentionally handled a ball that struck high up on his arm as the ball seemed to be running out of play.
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Ex-Tangerine Jon Olive slotted the penalty-kick past Mark Camidge, playing due to the shoulder injury suffered by Matty Webster in the last game, to put The Jockeys ahead.
The injustice felt by players, club members and supporters led to skipper Brendan Foley being sent off for his continuing protests.
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With the score still at 1-0 Diss felt that a high challenge of Stuart Garner should have resulted in a penalty kick at the other end.
However, play was waved on. Stephen Bell cut in from the right wing following a break, with Diss committed to going forward to stay in the competition despite being a man short,
in the 70th minute and shot in to make it 2-0. David Grainger completed the scoring in added time following a fine run.
Diss now return to league action following their early exit from the two national cup competitions and will be looking to convert their good shows against two teams from higher leagues into valuable league points.
Diss starting team: Mark Camidge, Damien Phelan, Stuart Garner, Mark Shadrack, Brendan Foley, George Watts-Sturrock, Jordan Rocastle, Luke Catchpole, Dan Wynne, Jon Abbott, Sam Bryant.
Diss subs: Andy Moody, Alex Fitzgerald (for Wynne 75 mins), James Harrison (for Bryant 79 mins) and Simon Mann (for Abbott 87 mins).