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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

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  • Full time: Concord Rangers 0 - 2 Grays Athletic
  • Essex Senior Cup semi-final
  • LIVE from Thames Road
  • Grays beat Concord to reach their first Essex Cup final in 18 years


GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!!!! Concord Rangers 0 - 2 GRAYS ATHLETIC - Danny Bunce, 90'


Grays survive another Concord attack, as Concord fire wide!


Wave after wave of Concord attacks now. Reece Harris the latest to try but again Junior Baker comes across. Immense from the Blues centre half.


Backs against the wall now for Blues! Shouts of "It's coming" [the goal for Concord] but Blues holding firm so far. Still a good 10 minutes to go!

Danny Subuola on for Blues. Jared Small off.


Sensational defending by Kirby and Baker. Reece Harris rounded the keeper but somehow Baker got in front of him and cleared. Lamar Johnson then saved from point blank range.

Kirby then dug in deep to deny Elmes. One of those days for Concord?


Concord cranking up the pressure now, but Baker prevents Elmes with a terrific challenge.


Chance for Concord, but Tony Stokes is offside.


Brian Moses blocked shot loops high into the air and is just about palmed away by Lovelock. More good pressure from Grays!


James Knott replaces James White


Concord have come to life. Great ball across by Harris is pushed wide by Johnson. Concord take the corner but Grays deal with it again.


Big round of applause for Concord skipper White as he's stretchered off. Good news is he's sat up, so hopefully that injury isn't as bad as first feared.


The resulting free kick is dealt with by Concord, but there's a defender down receiving treatment now. Has been down a while and an ambulance has been called for!


Danny Glozier is booked for a late tackle on Brian Moses who had weaved and battled his way into the Concord half.


For anyone wondering where updates of Thurrock's clash with Lowestoft are this evening, that game has been called off because of snow.


For anyone wondering where updates of Thurrock's clash with Lowestoft are this evening, that game has been called off because of snow.


Great defending from Kirby. Grays not being tested too much by Concord but they're coping admirably with what Beachboys are throwing at them so far. Still no notable effort on goal from Concord in this second half, 16 minutes in.


Lalite again winning the ball for Blues deep in his own territory and then playing a pressure relieving pass up to Small.

Great stuff.


An indication of just how good Grays have been, i've spent more time looking right (at the end Grays are attacking) in the second half than I did throughout the whole of the first half. They had Concord penned in for a good five minutes just now, but Concord are back in possession now.


Corner now for Grays. More good football from the away side, Bunce forcing the issue down the riht this time.


As in the first half though, Blues coming into the game again. Lovelock forced into a food save from Beaney's long free kick.


Changes seem to have worked so far. Good start to this half for Concord. They look sharper. Grays going to need to be at their best. They have three clean sheets in a row though.

Johnson already called into action.


Double change for Concord.

Tony Stokes and Lampe on, Fry and Hallett off


Second half underway here


Concord Rangers 0 - 1 Grays Athletic

Brian Moses, with his first senior goal, gives Ryman One Grays Ath the lead here at Thames Road.

Blues playing very well, far more composed in possession and working much harder than Concord in midfield.

Shades of luck, especially for the goal. But Blues lead!


Into stoppage time now and it's Grays finishing the half stronger.

Free kick on the lefthand byline, played quick by Beaney but Concord deal.

Then there's a pass by White as Beachboys look to counter that sums up the home side's half. From the centre circle, he plays the ball straight out.


Danny Bunce shoots high and wide again for Blues. Great football from Lalite and Beaney in the build up. Another great half of football for these two.


About 7 minutes plus stoppage time to play in this first half.

Elmes fires over for Concord! Their best chance. It's "neck on the line" defending as Beaney, Kirby and Baker all dive at the ball to block it. It spins loose to Elmes though, after coming in from the left to Elmes who shoots just over, with Beaney springing into the challenge.


Moses goal came off his knee. Great stuff. His first senior goal for Blues! Bit of luck, but in cup games, against higher league opposition, you need some luck.

More pressure from Blues but just lacking a final ball this time.

Grays have been excellent in this first half though!


It's the very, very tall Brian Moses!

I have no idea if he meant it, but he collected the ball, left of goal and from a narrow angle, 15 yards out, he looped the ball over the top of Lovelock to give Grays a deserved lead!


GOAL!!! Concord 0 - 1 GRAYS ATHLETIC - Brian Moses, 32'


Craig Pope goes into the book for a poor tackle on Hallett, who is stil down after 2 minutes. The winger had knocked the ball on and looked to go beyond Pope who lunged in.


Superb tackle by Leon Lalite on Spendlove, preventing another dangerous counter attack. A very impressive first 30 minutes this, from Grays.


Bunce into the wall. It's too cold for that! Straight into the the midrift! Great block though!


Great stuff by Moses as, on the floor, he spins round like a break dancer with the ball at his feet, and wins the free kick. It's some way out though. Beaney and Bunce over it...


This is a great game - as expected. Freekick now to Concord as Lalite and Beaney miss tackles midway inside their own half.

Concord haven't quite clicked into gear yet.


Bunce now shoots high and wide from 25 yards. Really good last 7/8 minutes from Blues though.

Concord defending very well though. Fry and Easterford very dominant in the air and Grays being limited to shots from range.

But Concord a real threat on the break.


Lalite fouled, chance for Beaney to deliver from the left for Grays. Cleared well and now Concord counter...

But Grays track back brilliantly.


Beaney goes close from 40 yards!! Lovelock comes to  meet a Popo throughball, but a long way from his goal, he gives it straight to Beaney whose looping effort doesn't miss by much!


Chance for Carlos as Bunce's cross from the right finds him eight yards from goal but he can't get enough purchase on the header and Lovelock gathers.


13 miuntes in and the game is really beginning to open up. Plenty of goals in this as Lamar Johnson claws the ball out from underneath the cross bar following a cross from the left.


Much better from Blues now, as they enjoy some sustained pressure on the edge of the Concord box, before Carlos gives it away and Blues are under pressure as Concord break.


He's alert though Lamar, as Elmes looks to pick out Hallett with a cross field pass.

Concord looking excellent on the counter attack.


Neither keeper's really been tested yet. But Johnson has had a little more to do (and come under a bit more pressure) than Lovelock.



Lovely run down the left by Hallett, but Elmes can't connect with the wingers cut back.


Great tackle by Baker, just as Elmes had jinked inside Kirby and was setting himself to shoot after a smart Concord counter attack.

Concord have started well, but no one said this was going to be easy for Grays.


Looks like Small is playing up top on his own this evening for Blues (who are actually wearing red and black tonight!). The very tall Moses is playing just off of him.


Early free kick for the home side fizzed into the box from the half way line, goes all the way through to Johnson.


We're underway!


The Grays starting XI:

Johnson; Pope, Flynn, Baker, Kirby; Bunce, Beaney, Small, Carlos, Lalite, Moses.

Subs: Docker, Sweeney, West, Subuola, Fry.


Here's the Concord starting XI:

Lovelock; Osifuwa, Glozier, Cowley, Fry, Easterford, Spendlove, White, Hallett, Elmes, Harris.

Subs: Coyne, Lampe, J Elmes, Knott, Stokes.

Grays Ath to follow...


Little bit of recent history between the two sides, as well. They last met in the quarter finals of this competition in December 2011.

Concord won 3-2 that night.

But Grays are 8x times winners of this competition. Only Ilford and one of the Waltham sides have won it more than Blues.


Some team news to begin with. Full line ups and subs lists to follow, but Tony Stokes starts on the bench for the Beachboys.

More to follow.

Here's a little glimpse at what the managers had to say going into tonight's games:

Danny Cowley, Concord Rangers:

“Grays are a good side, they’ve got loads of good players, Hakan is an experienced manager, so we know it will be a really tough game for us.
“But we will prepare properly. We watched them on Saturday and we’ll make sure we do our homework and we’ll set up to win the game.
“And if we can win then it will be the Essex Senior Cup final, which I think is the biggest county competition in the country, so it would be a great one to be in.”

Hakan Heyrettin, Grays Athletic:

“It’s going to be a great game, a big game. Obviously Concord are going well, but we don’t fear anybody. We’ll go there and play the way the game should be played. We’ll be up for it in every department.
“I would like to get to the final again and see where that takes us.”


Good evening!

Well we have one hell of a humdinger in store for you tonight...

In form, free scoring Concord take on in-form Grays Athletic.

Live text commentary to follow.

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