Eastenders boss angry after cup calamity
EASINGTON United manager Sean McLaughlin was left to question the attitude of his players for the first time this season after their exit from the East Riding Senior Cup.
The Eastenders lost 2-1 at Humber Premier League side Hessle Rangers, a defeat that was accompanied by a very poor display.
McLaughlin said his players "lacked drive and passion" and labelled the performance as "completely unacceptable".
Hessle dominated the game from start to finish, taking the lead on 31 minutess when Lee Gardiner's snap-shot flew inside Ben Akam's near post.
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Easington should have levelled seven minutes later when Tom McLaughlin's excellent free-kick came back off the bar, but Paul Wilkinson fired the rebound over from six yards out.
The visitors did manage to level on the stroke of half-time, but it was totally against the run of play.
After Anthony Barnett had produced a goal-saving challenge at one end, Jamie Cousins crossed for veteran striker Craig Foster to steer the ball past Luke Picken.
Inexplicably, even this goal and a half-time rocket from McLaughlin in the changing rooms failed to inspire United after the break.
Just nine minutes into the second half, Luke Johnson rose unopposed to head home Mike Winfield's corner and send Hessle deservedly through to the last eight.
Easington: B Akam, M Wilson, A Barnett, T McLaughlin (B Fisk, 71), S McLaughlin, L Taylor, K Fitzgerald, J Cousins, C Foster (J Hope, 74), P Wilkinson, R Hunt (J Hart, 74)