Silhill 2 Wake Green 1 (after extra time)
HAVING lost four of their last five league games against local rivals Wake Green, Silhill did not start this second round Senior Cup tie with much confidence and fell behind 12 minutes before the break.
That was when their four-goal nemesis of November 17, Wake Green’s Brad Hall, seized on a weakly struck pass and crossed in front of the home net to the unmarked Khiry Sawyers, who rocketed in the opener.
It was a Cup tie of few chances, yet only seven minutes elapsed before Sils were back on level terms, when Ross Jackson received a Christmas gift ball from the visitors’ defence and rammed a piledriver past keeper Phil Higby.
Fourteen minutes into the second half, Silhill’s athletic glovesman Andy Masters punched clear to save a certain Wake Green score.
Then, in a ten-minute spell between the 67th and 77th minutes, Smith shrewdly emptied his bench, bringing on Tom Sutheran, Ben Adams and returnee Danny Morris - all with fresh legs.
The match went to extra time and four minutes before the end Lee Powell crashed home the winner with his shin.
One minute went by before Masters saved the would-be equaliser from never-say-die Wake Green, punching out with every ounce of his strength from a corner on his right.
All in all, a famous victory with Division 1 side Sutton United next in the third round in early January. On Saturday Silhill play St Francis away in the AFA Premier.