Five-star Rebels beat nine-man Casuals

Mark Knee
Mark Knee

WORTHING Football Club netted five goals for the second successive home match as they beat nine-man Walton Casuals 5-2 this afternoon.

Rebels trailed 2-0 midway through the first half but fought back to win with goals from George Gaskin, Mark Knee, Omar Bugiel, Will Hendon and debutant Ben Pope.

Walton had Daniel O’Reilly sent off for bringing down Hendon on the stroke of half-time, when Knee scored the rebound after his penalty was saved to make it 2-2 at the break.

Walton then had Liam Flanighan red-carded for a second bookable offence on 58 minutes and Rebels then won with three goals in the last 14 minutes.

Walton played with a strong wind behind them in the first half and took the lead after just nine minutes. Connor French’s wind-assisted cross evaded Knee, hit Rebels keeper Josh James and fell to Gabriel Odunaike to tap home from a couple of yards.

The visitors doubled their lead on 23 minutes when Odunaike was tripped in the penalty area by Corey Heath and ex-Rebel Liam Collins coolly scored from the spot.

Rebels got a goal back on the half-hour when Bugiel did well down the right and his cross was turned home from three yards by Gaskin.

Lloyd Dawes had a great chance to level on 37 minutes when he got clean through but was denied by Walton keeper Ferhat Askoy.

Rebels levelled on the stroke of half-time after Hendon won possession on the edge of the Walton area and was then pulled back in the penalty area by O’Reilly when through one-on-one.

O’Reilly was red-carded for the offence and, although Knee’s spot-kick was saved by Askoy, Rebels’ captain was quickest to the rebound to tap home and make the half-time score 2-2.

Rebels started the second half brightly as Will Berry, Heath and Gaskin all went close in quick succession.

Walton had Flanighan dismissed for a foul on Bugiel - his second booking - on 58 minutes and Rebels then netted three times in the final 14 minutes.

Bugiel headed home Gaskin’s cross to make it 3-2 on 76 minutes, before Hendon poked the ball home after a neat passing move three minutes later.

Sub Pope then completed the scoring when he tapped home into an empty net after Harvey Sparks unselfishly squared the ball after his first shot had been parried.