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Lions ease past Liphook Reserves in Intermediate Cup
Andover Lions 5 Liphook Utd Res 0.
Andover Lions progressed into the second round of the Hampshire Intermediate Cup with a comprehensive victory over a spirited Liphook Utd Res from the Hampshire Premier League Combination.
Manager Ray Cozze had the rare luxury of naming an almost unchanged team for the first time with the only change being the return of Jamie Pollard following his two match suspension for the unavailable Mark Bowsher.
Both teams made a cagey start and the first ten minutes were even until the Lions started to dominate possession. On 16 minutes top goalscorer Dan Reynolds turned provider as he cut in on the left, got to the bye line and cut the ball back for Ryan Steele to drive home for the opener.
Three minutes later Andover tightened their grip with a second from Brad Craney as Pollard played a defence-splitting pass to Steele on the edge of the box and he played in Craney who finished with a crisp shot that went in off the post. On 24 minutes the contest was effectively over as a contest when Reynolds flicked on a Sam Pike pass and Steele lobbed in.
Reynolds had a great opportunity seconds into the second half when he blasted a volley straight at Collins in the Liphook goal but it was a temporary delay as within a minute Reynolds rose unchallenged and headed home.
Just before the hour Steele completed his hat-trick with an audacious flick from a Pollard corner.
Surprisingly Lions failed to add to their tally in the last half hour but the manner in which they dominated possession was impressive. Reynolds, Pollard and Chris Knight all went close but Tom Burton was the unluckiest when his shot from the edge of the area was blocked on the line by Hawkins who seemed to know very little of what had happened.
After the match Cozze was full of praise for his team: “That was a real team performance today, everyone played their part.
‘It was good to see Ryan score his goals, that will give him confidence going forward but the most pleasing thing was how we kept possession. ‘It was a master class in ball retention, now we need to take that into our next game.”
That game is at local rivals Broughton in Division One of the Hampshire Premier League, kick-off 3pm.