Ringmer ran out convincing winners in this Sussex Senior Cup tie against a Pagham side which had no answer to a fine display of skill and attacking football from the Blues.
Ringmer took the lead in the very first minute as Ryan MacMillan rose above everyone in the visitors’ six-yard box to head home a corner from Kieran Patel. Twelve minutes later a free kick from Joe Dryer was headed over the cross bar by Patel. By now the pattern of play was established with the Blues in almost total control of the game. That said Joe Adams was called into action shortly afterwards to smother a loose ball in the Ringmer goalmouth and then to deflect a shot from Andy Cox away for a corner. Apart from those two instances he was a spectator for the remainder of the game. On twenty eight minutes another corner from Patel found MacMillan’s head but this time his header was headed off the goal–line by a Pagham defender. However, two minutes later a free kick from Jo Jo Tubon from just outside the penalty area beat both the defensive wall and Wes Hallett in the Pagham goal to increase Ringmer’s lead. Ten minutes later a low free kick from Tubon was kicked aside by Hallett at his left hand post.
Ringmer’s third goal came eight minutes into the second half. MacMillan’s free kick from near the halfway line was flicked on by Aaron Hasan for Tubon to turn and fire into the bottom corner of the goal. By now the visitors were in disarray and as they became more and more frustrated so the bookings for dissent increased with two players sent off for second bookable offences. Against nine men it was inevitable that the Blues would score again and Tubon was unlucky not to complete a thoroughly deserves hat-trick when he broke though a stretched defence only to put his shot just the wrong side of the goal post. It was left to Jordan Lee to complete the scoring four minutes from time when he ran onto a ball over the top to lob it over Hallett and into the net.
In the next round Ringmer will be at home to Horsham from the Ryman League Premier Division.