Greens win nine goal thriller

Greensnet Editor
Wed 31 Aug 2005, 22:45

Hendon beat Wealdstone tonight in one of those games that will live long in the memory. The final score was 5-4 to the Greens after they were 4-1 down shortly before half time. It was the Stones that drew first blood when Iain Duncan gave away a penalty in the 6th minute which was converted by Ryan Harris. Five minutes later new signing Bilal Aiteouakrim equalised with a decent finish but in the 20th minute Richard Jolly restored the lead for Wealdstone. Former Hendon midfielder Paul Adolphe made it 3-1 in the 32nd minute before Jolly capitalised on yet another defensive mistake in the first minute of first half injury time to score the fourth. However, there was still time for Hendon, who had looked as good going forward as bad as they looked defensively, to pull a goal back thanks to a Eugene Ofori header that went in off the post.

James Parker and debutant Jimmy Froud replaced Duncan and Mark Burgess at half time, and the Greens came out all guns blazing, determined to put things right. Goal number three came in the 66th minute when John Frendo finished off a good move with a fine shot, and in the 81st minute Ofori scored the fourth with an inch perfect shot just inside the post. The crucial winning goal came two minutes later when a cross from Danny Murphy suddenly swerved and flew into the net past the despairing Russell Ling. Despite a couple of late scares, Hendon were able to hold on to the lead and earn the three points that lifted them six places up the table.