Guernsey F.C’s FA Cup campaign came to an end after a poor start condemned them to a 2-1 defeat to Ryman North side Phoenix Sports.
The Green Lions found themselves two goals down after just eight minutes and boss Tony Vance admitted ‘he can’t keep making excuses for his team’ as they missed the opportunity for a first ever home tie in the world’s most famous cup competition.
Phoenix Sports needed an injury time equaliser to force a replay on Saturday, and it was the same man who put them in front at the Dripping Pan – Yaccine Gnahore opening the scoring after just four minutes.
And four minutes later it was 2-0, Ricky Freeman took the chance to double Phoenix’s lead.
The game should have been out of sight by half-time but Gnahore fired wide when through on goal.
It was a different contest in the second half though and Tom Strawbridge and Ross Allen had both gone close before Dom Heaume deflected in a long range effort with just sixteen minutes left.
Guernsey’s chances of a comeback improved further when Scott Whibley was sent off soon after for a second yellow card.
Then in stoppage time they should have forced an extra 30 minutes but Craig Young shot straight at the goalkeeper and Guernsey were beaten.