Minster FC 5 - 2 Borden Village FC
Minster won the Kent Reliance Kent Junior Cup B as Borden Village’s ten men ran out of steam in steaming conditions at the Gallagher Stadium.
The game sadly will be remembered for a horrifying collision that left Minster’s Harry Holden in agony with a broken leg after a sickening coming together with Borden defender Aiden Cain. The Borden player was first to show his horror as the stricken midfielder waited for Kent’s finest to arrive and administer treatment.
Todd Jordan had given Minster the lead after a cagey start only for Dan Bryant to level for the ten men before the break. Ian Wallace then added the second early in the second half before player of the match Kieron Morris made it 3-1, and quickly took it to 4-1. Borden pulled one back through Bryant’s second only for Morris to net his hat trick and put the icing on the cake to seal a 5-2 win for the Thanet side.
After a disappointing start where both sides tried to come to terms with the stifling conditions it took half hour for Minster to finally find a way through – but in truth they did have a helping hand, for after Ian Wallace was felled in the box, Todd Jordan’s spot kick flew beyond the dive of James Walshaw in the Borden net.
The game was then halted after a shuddering collision between Holden and Cain left the Minster player in clear agony – some of the players closest to the incident reeled away in despair such was the grief and the volume of the collision. As Holden was lifted onto a stretcher and taken to the waiting ambulance, he received the biggest cheer of the day as meanwhile out of sight of the pitch, referee Currams showed the Borden defender a straight red card for the tackle.
When play did restart some 45 minutes later, Borden levelled almost immediately as a defence splitting pass found Bryant who raced away to score sliding the ball past the en-rushing Richie Miles in the Minster goal.
Minster rallied well and before the break both Tristan Jevons and Todd Jordan had stung the palms of Borden keeper Walshaw, but it only delayed the inevitable as the second half was only a minute old when Minster went back in front as Todd Jordan in on goal saw his shot saved by Walshaw for a corner & from the resulting set piece saw Ian Wallace headed in from 6 yards.
Eight minutes later Curt Jordan blazed over the bar, and just before the hour Man of the Match Morris side-footed a low cross into the net from 8 yards. To their eternal credit, Borden’s ten men didn’t give up and Bryant pulled one back rounding Miles as he did so.
Jeavons was then desperately unlucky with an acute angled drive cannoned of the post before being cleared before Minster wrapped the game up with fifteen minutes left as Morris was quicker than Walshaw & toe poked into the net. The icing on the cake came in the final minute when Morris latched onto a through ball & chipped over the advancing Walshaw to get his match ball for a superb hat trick.
Minster FC – Richie Miles, Tom McGuirk, Harry Holden, Ian Wallace, James McPherson, Curt Jordan, Jon Harmer, Kiera Morris, Tristan Jevons, Todd Jordan, Jordan Allen
Subs – Sam Smith, Mike Birch, Kieran Law, Nic Holbrook, Henry Tucker
Borden Village FC – James Walshaw, Stev Rowson, Jordan Connor, Aidan Cain, Elliott Scott, Dan Cummins, Reece Cornish, Dan Bryant, Tyler Castle, Conor Dollimore, Glenn Conlon
Subs – Alfie Duggan, Joe Sanyer, Michael Cannon, Fred Fayers
Referee – Neil Currams
Assistants – Tim Casey & Mark Wilson
Fourth Official – Michael Dunne