By John Bevan
Imperial Medics 1
Kingston University 4
Kingston’s first XI cruised into the last 16 of the cup with an easy victory against a lacklustre Imperial College side on Wednesday.
The away side took the game straight to Imperial and threatened in the first 10 minutes after Gareth Chendlik’s powerful effort was beaten away by the Imperial keeper. In windy conditions, Kingston did well to keep the ball on the ground and play their football with Imperial rarely threatening early on.
Kingston were lucky to get away with a stonewall penalty shout before they made the breakthrough. A deep corner from Leon Schwier was nodded in by Sam Gordon. The centre back was under pressure from two Imperial defenders but still managed to nod the opener into the top of the net.
Imperial nearly hit back immediately, taking advantage of some lazy defending down the right hand side but Kieran Sanderson stayed tall and blocked the effort. Schwier then made good progress for Kingston down the left hand side, providing two crosses that on another day would have been tapped into the Imperial net.
Kingston didn’t have to wait long until their second, as Chendlik headed a goal kick right into the path of Kofi Wiredu who used his pace to move away from the last defender and slot past the keeper.
Terry Mireku put any result beyond doubt early in the second half, cutting in from the right and drilling a left foot finish past a tired looking Imperial Keeper.
A fourth was no more than Kingston deserved and it came 15 minutes from the end as Schwier capped another fine performance with a volley at the back post from seven yards out.
Imperial’s blushes were spared by Jack Robinson’s consolation goal and a second could have come soon after as Kingston switched off on the left hand side. But it wasn’t to be and the first team ensured Kingston’s name stayed in the hat for the last 16 of the BUCS MARS Football 2011-2012 South Eastern Conference Cup.
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