Greens hit self destruct in cup

Greensnet Editor
Sat 30 Oct 2004, 18:45

Hendon's FA Cup dream ended this afternoon as three players saw red in a 5-0 defeat at Stevenage Borough. The reward for Stevenage is a trip to Billericay Town in a fortnights time. The home side took the lead in the 12th minute when Anthony Elding scored, but from there on very little was created by either side in the first half, Hendon's best chance came towards the break when John Frendo was just unable to get on the end of a cross from Danny Julienne.

The self destruct button was hit for the first time in the 52nd minute when a number of Hendon players reacted angrily to a foul by Dannie Bulman. Bulman was cautioned for his challenge, but Mark Burgess was dismissed for his involvment in the fracas that had followed. Fifteen minutes later came the second red card, when Richard McDonagh was sent off for another angry reaction after the officials ruled that a challenge on him was fair. Stevenage had been in control and the extra men then told as the goals began to flow.

Michael Brough doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, and within two minutes George Boyd scored the third to put the game way out of reach of the Greens. Rob Quinn then scored an excellent goal from some distance in the 86th minute before in stoppage time Craig McAllister was brought down by Mark Nicholls just inside the penalty area, and McAllister stepped up to convert the spot kick. There was still time for James Burgess to be dismissed for an bad challenge on McAllister.

Mention must be made of the travelling support, who supported the team from start to finish, ending in a chant of "Tony Choules' Green and White Army" that lasted some fifteen minutes.