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Posted on October 20th 2016
Football - HBAED 2 Harris Merton 2 (3-2 AET)
The year 11 boys travelled to Harris Merton on Tuesday for their first round defence of Harris Federation Cup.
We went in one nil up at half time with a goal scored by John straight from the top drawer. He beat his man on the touch line before cutting into the edge of the penalty area and unleashing a thunderbolt into the top right corner. The keeper no chance.
We started the second half strongly and after a pep talk from assistant manager, Alex O, Nathan found his shooting boots. Bustlingly his way through the Merton midfield before controlling the ball on his knee and letting loose a banana like volley from 30 yards over the goal keeper’s head to make it two nil to East Dulwich Boys.
At this point we were cruising and playing total rondo football. However, sadly we lacked that cutting edge and ability to put the game to bed and we were soon punished for our individual mistakes and laziness to keep the shape.
Kai was called into action after Ernest gave away a penalty for a late challenge in the box. A fantastic save from the spot kick by Kai only kept Merton out for a short period of time before they pulled a goal back with ten minutes left to play. With one minute to go we had a corner which we foolishly took quickly and lost possession. From that turnover ball Merton equalised. 2-2.
The game went to extra time and the call from captain Marco was ‘to stand up and make yourself a hero’. Time for the youngest player on the pitch to oblige. John made a late run into the penalty area and was found superbly by Sam. John met the ball with a flying header that broke the net and secured a place in the next round of the competition away to Harris Rainham.
Man of the Match: Sam was easily the player with the highest pass completion success rate. His composure on the ball allowed us to execute are game plan of player possession football from the back. He was rewarded for his hard work by getting the winning assist.
Stepping up: John played up a year and opened the scoring with a pile driver into the top bins. He then nicked the winner with a bullet header in the last minute of extra time.