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MATCH REPORT: Woking reach FA Trophy Quarter Final

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Oxford City

The Laithwaite Community Stadium

6 February 2016 3:00pm

Attendance: 923


Joe Quigley's first-half strike was enough to put Woking into the last eight of the FA Trophy and bag £7000 in prize money.

The scoreline suggests this was a tight, hard-fought victory for the Cards - in truth it was anything but.

It took half an hour for the game to properly get going, a strong wind proved difficult for both sides to adapt to, as John Goddard's shot was comfortably gathered.

Ex-Card Bradley Bubb would have loved to have netted against his old club, his toe-poked effort at goal caused no problems for Jake Cole was as close as he came.

Quigley's low curling shot went wide before he decided to opt for power over placement, a minute later, firing into the top corner from Bruno Andrade's cross.

City goalkeeper Laurie Walker and centre-back Jon Azramendi had to be pulled apart by their teammates such was their frustration at conceding.

Andrade and Cameron Norman both went close to doubling Woking's lead, their strikes were deflected behind.

New loan signing from Yeovil Town Shaun Jeffers was handed his debut by Garry Hill and should have scored as he headed into the side netting on the stroke of half-time.

Vanarama South Oxford were insistent on playing out of defence, credit to them, but lacked quality in the final third to punish Woking. So it was no surprise that the home side went closest after the break, Quigley's looping header dropping wide.

Cole had to be alert to get a hand down to Connor McDonagh's scuffed shot to preserve Woking's lead, the only notable effort on goal from City.

Goddard's shot from the edge was tipped onto the post by Walker before the visitors went down to ten men - captain Jose Lapoujade picked up his second yellow card with eight minutes remaining.

Heading into the Quarter Finals for the first time in ten years, Woking will start to believe that they can go all the way, just like they did when they last reached this stage and lost in the final to Grays Atheltic. Cards fans will be hoping that this time they can go one further and lift the trophy once again.

The draw for the Quarter Finals will made on Monday at 11am.

Woking: Jake Cole, Cameron Norman, Scott Griffiths, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Mark Ricketts, Keiran Murtagh, Bruno Andrade (Alex Smith 82), John Goddard, Joe Quigley (Giuseppe Sole 68), Shaun Jeffers (Matt Robinson 77).

Substitutions Not Used: Nick Hamann, Jake Caprice.

Who Woking could play in the Quarter Finals:
Dover Athletic or Guiseley
Halifax or Chester
Nantwich Town or Stourbridge
Torquay or Macclesfield
Sutton United or Bognor Regis

Star Player

Keiran Murtagh - Back in the side for Matt Robinson, the skilful midfielder kept the ball moving and demonstrated a good range of passing. He has the potential to be a key player in Woking's run-in

Writer:Cardinal Red
Date:Sunday February 7 2016
Time: 11:45AM

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