Upminster [M1s] 3 v 2 Old Southendians [M1s]

Upminster struggled to get their game going early on and soon found themselves 1-0 down from a well deserved Old Southendians short corner.

The away side continued to bring the game to Upminster, however good defensive work kept their chances to a minimum and kept a disorganised Upminster in the game.

Shortly before half-time Upminster we’re finally able to get going and create some pressure of their own which led to a short corner that was confidently dispatched into the top corner by O. Cipa.

Half-time came and an ear bashing from coach Malby followed. The side came out playing better however managed to find themselves 2-1 down following a long hit into the D that was deflected by an Old Southendians striker into the top corner leaving Dixon in goal with no chance.

Again Upminster pushed for an equaliser. Ollie Cipa saw another short corner drag flick superbly saved by the keeper only for twin brother J. Cipa to mop up and finish the job his brother had started making it 2-2.

Both sides felt like they could win the game which led to an end to end final ten minutes. It was Upminster who emerged victorious following some fine build up play from man of the match Russell Murphy finding Ollie Cipa in space. His squared pass beat the keeper and after good adjustment from Steve Wright he swept the ball into the open net to bag the 3 points for Upminster.

Perhaps not the most elegant of wins, but Upminster showed grit and determination to fight for the 3 points and keep their promotion hopes alive.

MOM: Russell Murphy
DOM: Nathan Woods

Goals O. Cipa, J. Cipa, S. Wright