Republic two good for Chigwell

By Danny Caro, February 4, 2013


Dark horses Republic of Flixton proved too strong for Chigwell Athletic, scoring a goal in each half to send the east Londoners home empty-handed.

Saul Shapiro put the hosts ahead after five minutes and top-scorer Rob Jacobs sealed the tie with an 18-yard lob 15 minutes from time following a flowing 18-pass move.

Republic joint-manager Stuart Delmonte told JC Sport: "We didn't play to our full capability. We lost too many second balls in the first half and were a bit too uptight, but were much improved in the second half. There's more to come from this team."

"All credit to Chigwell. They have some quality players and gave us a good game."

Chigwell boss Richard Slater told JC Sport: "This may sound stupid after losing 2-0 but we were superb today. We dominated the game from start to finish, had more of the play, hit the bar, post and one or two other chances.

"Considering we went there the morning of the game, with 12 players and no keeper, while they were rolling on and off with 18 players...on a massive pitch we deserved something from the game. We just didn't test their keeper enough. Tons of possession but not clinical.

"Flixton had three chances, two from our mistakes and one well-taken goal. That was it!! But that's football. I'm very proud of the lads, they gave their all when on paper with over eight players missing and no recgonised keeper it had the makings of a hiding. Flixton knew they were in a game today, and can count themselves very lucky to be in the quarters in my opinion."

Chigwell: Neil Tilley, Russell Yershon, Paul Lenchner (c), Jonathan Raven, Brad Gayer, Greg Lautman, Craig Pearl, Richard Baum, Richard Slater, Pierce Prince, Dean ben-Yosef, Doron Weinstein

Last updated: 3:01pm, February 4 2013