Ardley United manager Kevin Brock will be looking for his side to get back to winning ways in the cup on Tuesday.
Ardley’s poor UHLSport Hellenic League form continued as they slipped to a 4-0 defeat in Saturday’s derby at Thame United ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Rayners Lane in the semi-final of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup.
Connor McDonagh ran the Ardley defence ragged and he had two excellent chances in the first quarter of an hour but first scuffed a shot wide before striking the outside of the post. The first goal came when McDonagh again went on a run through the middle, Harry Brock whipped the ball off his toes but only succeed in lobbing it over keeper Jack Harding and into the net.
Diego Petriaggi went on a mazy run before slipping the ball to Andy Prescott but his shot was tipped over by keeper Matt Tapping. Just before the break skipper Adam Morris ran at the Ardley defence before beating Harding at his near post.
It could have been worse on the stroke of halftime but Ben Connelly put his header wide from close range.
After the restart Prescott’s cross was narrowly missed by Conor Ingram from close range when any contact would have diverted the ball into the net before Harding was called upon to make saves from McDonagh and Morris at the other end. But Harding was then adjudged to have impeded McDonagh’s run across the box and he scored from the ensuing spot-kick.
Ardley had some chances to reduce the arrears but could not produce enough quality to trouble in the box. The scoring was completed near the end when a corner was only partially cleared and the unmarked Dan West headed powerfully past Harding.