SIL/Suffolk Senior Cup round-up: Achilles win a nine-goal thriller at Hoxne

Gavin Van Oene was on target for Achilles. Picture: JAMES AGER

Gavin Van Oene was on target for Achilles. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

Suffolk Senior Cup holders Achilles mounted a thrilling comeback at AFC Hoxne, scoring three goals in the last 15 minutes to win 5-4.

Liam Smith put Hoxne ahead as he scored twice in two minutes midway through the half, before David Grimwood headed in for Achilles on the stroke of half-time.

Smith completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after 55 minutes before an own goal made it 3-2, only for Smith to add his fourth of the match.

With 15 minutes remaining Achilles were awarded a penalty, converted by Gavin van Oene, then Donovan equalised from close range.

With moments remaining sub Liam Hillyard got to the byline and drove a low cross into the goalmouth. The ball bounced off a defender’s leg into the net for a famous win.

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In the SIL Senior, Felixstowe Harpers beat Coplestonians 3-1 at home.

There was a fast and furious start to the game with the home side applying good pressure to take the lead on seven minutes when the ball fell to Tye Webb who made no mistake from close range.

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On 10 minutes the home side extended their lead when a Lee Willcox cross could only be palmed out as far as Mical Moore who headed home.

But Cops hit back as Jordan Godbold’s corner was converted by Michael Velzian.

The home side then took advantage of some Cops misses and extended their lead when Moore found Webb to fire home.

Elsewhere, Henley got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Ransomes Sports.

Henley were impressive from the off, cutting through theirfoes, and took the lead their play deserved on 28 minutes, a neat interchange between Bevis and Behnamnia saw a fine cross which Russ White met with a deft header at the near post.

It was 2-0 ten minutes later, as Chris Williams swept home a cross. Ransomes pulled a goal back with ten minutes left through Matthew Oxborrow, but that was as close as they got.

Meanwhile, Grundisburgh ended a six game losing streak with a wonder strike by debut-making Kyle Birchfield after 62 minutes in their 1-0 win at Benhall St Mary.

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