Kidlington Academy won a pulsating local derby at Swindon Supermarine to gain a semi final spot in the SLFA Challenge Cup. That they achieved a victory was one thing but it was the never say die attitude of this group that was patently obvious at the final whistle after a crazy last 15 minutes that saw the Greens over come a 2-0 deficit to win by 2-3 and extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games.
But in all honesty a win was never on the cards as Supermarine went in front on 19 minutes and then doubled their advantage shortly after the break. It’s not that the Greens didn’t create chances and even rattled the bar but that was as close as they came until that man Steven Soares headed in a corner on 75 minutes to extend his goal scoring spree to five in five games, and it was from another corner that Ed Russell was presented with a tap in to tie up the scores with 13 minutes left.
Coach Declan McGovern spends a great deal of time on set plays and for the third time in the game it was a corner in the 88th minute that saw the visitors in to the lead when Alex Neale half volleyed a lose ball in to the net to send the visitors in to raptures after looking dead a buried. That’s four wins and a draw now from the last five games with 14 goals scored and seven conceded December sees the Academy well placed in both the league and cup competitions. As we approach the half way point of the season the Greens are yet to play bottom club Chesham and still share top spot in the league with Rushall who are top on goals scored.