For me the FA Cup will always be magical. It always throws up a few interesting ties, and a few chances for some giant killings. This weekend the competition reached the First round proper, and for a mere £6.50 ($10.40) I went to the Dorchester Town v Plymouth Argyle tie.
The game had been picked up by ESPN, and rightly so. This is what the FA Cup is all about; a chance for a small club to be thrust into the spotlight. Dorchester Town currently sit in 13th place of of the Conference South league, with Plymouth two leagues above them in League Two. I have watched Dorchester a lot since I was younger, as my grandparents live there, and have always been impressed with their fight and spirit, and today was no exception.
Dorchester spent most of the game, the second half especially, on top and caused a lot of trouble for the visitors. They were undoubtedly helped with the sending off of Conor Hourihane within just nine minutes for a second yellow, when he took a free kick too quickly. It was on the 49th minute that Dorchester managed to edge, deservedly, ahead with a close range shot fired in from Jake Gosling.
Dorchester played with all they had right until the end and when the final whistle blew it was crystal clear how much this meant to them. They don’t get moments like this often and I am sure they will saviour it, and take the confidence onto the next round. Who knows, come the third round we could be seeing them play the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United.
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