Report: Reds push past Deeping test

Cup victory for Harriers

Andre Brown

HARRIERS eased themselves into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup as they saw off in-form UCL Premier Division side Deeping Rangers 4-2.

The vast majority of the damage was done in the first half – and ten minutes in particular.

After digging in to the tie and staying solid, Harriers broke the deadlock on 33 minutes with a fine Andre Brown strike, swiftly followed before the interval by an Emmanuel Sonupe brace – the second of which came from the penalty spot.

Deeping netted with their first chance of the game after the break before sub Andre Wright smashed in the Harriers’ fourth – a Mooney goal for the home side with 13 left to play acting largely as a consolation.

Though the Rangers goals acted as a scare in the second half, it would do Harriers a disservice to say they did anything other than dominated the very largest share of a dogged cup tie.

Harriers were professional from the off and, after getting the measure of their United Counties Premier Division opposition, they motored into a lead, starting with a sweet finish from Brown, latching on to Brown’s sweeping delivery before giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance as he found the top corner.

It got worse for Deeping as Harriers sensed blood, a perfect ball from Horsfall falling sweetly for Soupe who took the perfect first touch before chipping a finish over the goalkeeper and into the net.

The former Northampton man was back in the area four minutes later and being fouled for the penalty that he then stepped up to deal with, giving Bircham no chance with a low drive into the bottom corner.

Harriers had racked up over 15 attempts at goal by the break but with the hosts’ first, the lead was reduced as Schiavi found the net from a corner.

John Eustace’s men then dug in deep to ensure that there was no quick second – in fact they grabbed the next goal, a fourth, as Brown played in sub Wright who finished smartly past the dive of Bircham.

At 4-1, Harriers then just needed to see the game out which, despite Mooney’s goal to snatch a second for the home side, they duly did – even going close to a fifth as Brown surged forward and forced Bircham into a low save.

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