Nervy Woking book Surrey Senior Cup final place thanks to Giuseppe Sole penalty

ON THE SPOT - Giuseppe Sole scores for the Cards

Woking 1 Carshalton Athletic 0

GIUSEPPE SOLE’S second-half penalty was enough to sink Paul Dipre’s brave Carshalton Athletic as Woking crept into the Surrey Senior Cup final.

The Ryman Premier League side’s hopes of an upset were dashed when Sole converted a 51st-minute spot-kick to send the Cards into the final for the first time since 2009.

On that occasion, Woking crashed 3-2 to Ashford Town (Middx) at Met Police’s Imber Court.

The Robins, who operate under owner-manager Dipre, saw plenty of the ball but failed to carve out any real chances.

Laurent Hamici turned smartly in the area but fired straight at Andy Little, while at the end Joe McNerney and Adam Newton both had efforts cleared off the line.

But Woking’s class eventually told and when Moses Ademola was clipped by Craig Tanner in the box, Sole made no mistake from 12 yards.

Asked whether Sole – who has just returned from a one-month loan spell with Basingstoke Town – had played his way into contention for a starting place against Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday, boss Garry Hill said: “I think Gez will always be knocking on the door – it basically boils down to what time he knocks on the door.

“He certainly looks sharper than he was and we’re hoping he is going to come back as a new signing for us.

“Up to the period when Gez went away on loan we’d done very well and got a lot of goals up front.

“He’s come back and done well for 30 minutes on Saturday and was unlucky, on another day he would have scored but he contributed well and he’s contributed well tonight.”

Woking have won the Surrey Senior Cup on 10 occasions, most recently in 2003-04, finishing runners-up 16 times.

Hill added: “It’s something to look forward too – we’re a football club that’s been a little bit starved of playing in cup finals.

“I’m pleased for the supporters of the football club and for everyone who plays their part.”

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