Debutant's penalty saves see Dons through

Greensnet Editor
Sat 25 Oct 2008, 21:00

Hendon won an exciting London Senior Cup tie this afternoon, beating Bromley 6-5 on penalties after 120 minutes of football failed to separate the teams. Bromley looked by far the stronger side early on and made the most of this, going 1-0 up in the 19th minute through Fazackerley. Shortly afterwards, the same striker was brought down by Frank Wilson as he looked to capitalise on a rebound, but debutant Will Viner in goal made a good stop down to his left to keep the resulting penalty out. Whilst the Greens' on top for large periods of the second half, it was Bromley that scored, Ryan Hall seeming to put the game beyond doubt in the 76th minute.

Hendon hadn't read the script. Just four minutes after being brought on and with only five minute left, James Bent pulled one back for the away side, while Harry Hunt fired into the bottom left corner into stoppage time to force the tie into extra time. Despite chances at either end throughout the extra 30 minutes, neither side could break the deadlock with penalties looming. The first five spot kicks saw the teams score four-a-piece, both keepers making a good save for the third. The remaining kicks saw each side score one, before the next three efforts failed to hit the net. Marc Leach stepped up for Hendon's eighth shot and sent both the keeper the wrong way and Hendon into the 4th round of the competition.