Plummer nets as Weston make cup progress
PUBLISHED: 09:39 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:38 11 October 2017
Weston overcame a 'massive banana skin' on Tuesday night, outclassing Brislington in the first round of the Somerset Premier Cup.
Marc McGregor’s side were comfortable 3-0 winners over the Toolstation Premier outfit at the Woodspring Stadium, with goals from Naby Diallo, Tristan Plummer and Irnti Rapai booking the Seagulls’ spot in the next round.
The visitors famously dumped Weston out of the FA Cup in 2013, but there was no such drama in this one-sided encounter.
“It’s a difficult game and if anyone thinks when a team jumps those leagues to play it’s going to be easy, it’s not,” said McGregor after the final whistle.
“It was one of those where it can be a massive banana skin if we don’t apply ourselves correctly.
“We’ve come unstuck against them before, so the important thing is we matched their work rate and endeavour, which we did and our quality shone through.”
The boss fielded a team with plenty of experience, though there were starts for academy graduates Liam Kingston in goal and the impressive George Morris-Edwards at centre half.
The latter was involved in Weston’s opening goal in the 13th minute. The cultured defender clipped a well-weighted ball into the feet of Jake Reid on halfway, who held off his man and offloaded to Plummer. The mercurial attacker knifed a pass through the back line to meet Diallo’s surging forward run, which took him past the onrushing Chris Blammon in goal and he slotted into an empty net.
It should have been 2-0 three minutes later after Rapai’s cross from the right flank was handled by Liam Planter in the area, but Blammon threw himself to his left to deny Plummer’s spot-kick.
The Seagulls created a number of chances but were wasteful in the final third, while the Brislington keeper continued to impress with excellent save from Jake Mawford’s 38th-minute strike which was heading for the top corner.
Weston continued to dominate in the second half, and they doubled their lead on 57 minutes when Rapai unlocked the defence with an excellent ball for Plummer. The winger cut inside and arrowed a shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the area.
And Albanian striker Rapai deservedly got his name on the scoresheet 13 minutes later, stabbing home from close range to make sure of the result after a rapid counter attack.
But at full time, the manager saw room for improvement.
He said: “It was a bit laboured at times when we got a bit over confident on the ball. I was more pleased with some of the younger lads’ performances – Liam did well in goal and George looked very accomplished back there.
“It was great to see some of the younger lads coming through.”
The Seagulls are back in league action against Welling United at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday, hoping to extend their five-game unbeaten run.
McGregor added: “We’ll go and play our game. I always believe we’re good enough to beat anyone in the league. We will work hard in preparation for the game, and I’m quite looking forward to it.”