Gulls swoop late to deny Cards crucial win. 7th April 2019

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                                 Woking  3    Torquay United   3

               Vanarama National League South  Saturday 6th April 2019

                                  Attendance:  4,589 (1,403)

                 Peter Moore  at The Laithwaite Community Stadium

The Cards came within ten minutes of taking a crucial three points against the League leaders, before two late goals from the Gulls rescued a valuable point.

An early Greg Leur goal was cancelled out by a Jamie Reid strike moments later, only for the Cards to restore their advantage through Luer’s second of the afternoon. Woking looked to have secured all three points with Cadogan’s effort, before The Cards were reduced to ten men. Torquay took advantage with two late goals from Janneh and Ben Wynter was enough to push Torquay closer towards the title.

Woking went into today’s battle of the top two without a win in their past three games. Torquay, on the over hand came to Surrey on the back of five consecutive victories, and a seven-point gap at the top of the table.

Manager Alan Dowson made just one change from the side that took a point at play off chasing Bath City last weekend, with Greg Luer coming in for Jake Hyde.

In a fast and frantic start to the game, the all ticket crowd saw a goal apiece. First blood went to Woking in the ninth minute, after seconds earlier The Gulls almost opened the scoring when Jamie Reid’s flick came of the post. Almost immediately Woking went up the other end and scored. A through ball found an unmarked Luer who calmly shot into the bottom corner of the net despite Gulls stopper Shaun MacDonald getting a hand to it. Two minutes later Torquay drew level after a Ruairi Keating ball into the path of Jamie Reid, saw the striker one on one with Craig Ross slot the ball past the Woking stopper for his 28th goal of the season.

Woking regained the lead in the 24th minute when Luer broke clear and slotted the ball past MacDonald. The pace of the game was relentless with Torquay almost levelling when Saikou Janneh’s shot was turned away by Craig Ross.  Woking hit back with Scott Durojaiye’s downward header from a corner cleared of the line.  The Cards had strong claims for a penalty when Moussa Diarra went down in the box, but Referee James Durkin decided no foul had been committed.

The second half continued in the same vain as the first with action right from the start with Luer racing into the area, despite his hat trick in his mind he unselfishly squared the ball to Little who saw his shot spilled by MacDonald, with Little following up his effort was cleared of the line.

Woking gave themselves some breathing space by going 3-1 up in the 64th minute following a brilliant counter attack with Kieron Cadogan running the length of the pitch and playing a one two with Little that saw the Billericay Town loanee apply the finishing touch by calmly slotting the ball past MacDonald. 

With ten minutes to go The Gulls gave themselves a glimmer of hope of rescuing a point when they pulled a goal back following a corner, the ball was nodded across for Saikou Janneh to head home.  The Gulls had their tails up now and were encouraged when Woking were reduced to ten men when Ben Gerring brought down Reid in full flight and received his second yellow card of the afternoon. With Woking hanging on, Torquay salvaged a point with seconds remaining when the Cards failed to clear danger with the ball falling to Ben Wynter who rifled the ball into the net to the relief of the large following from the West Country.



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