Ten man Hendon win in extra time

Greensnet Editor
Wed 10 Oct 2012, 01:10

Hendon progressed to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the fourth year in a row tonight with a superb 2-1 win over Eastbourne Borough.

Not only did the Greens defeat a club from the level above, but they did so despite going a goal behind, and losing a man to a red card early in extra time.

The 90 minutes of normal time were goalless, but that's not to say that it was a poor game, because it wasn't. Both sides had half-chances, with the best for the Greens falling to Elliott Charles, but his drive found Nick Jordan rather than the back of the net.

Both sides had periods of control, but the Greens really took the game by the scruff of the neck in the final 20 minutes of normal time, with the ball spending most of the time in Eastbourne's half.

However, they were dealt a blow in the 2nd minute of extra time when the defence, who were outstanding throughout the game, was breached by Darren Lok to open the scoring. Just two minutes later, things were made much tougher when Scott Cousins was shown a straight red card.

But there was more to come. Hendon refused to give up, and carried on playing the way they had throughout the game, and were rewarded in the 109th minute when Michael Murray was fouled in the area.

Murray stepped up and sent Jordan the wrong way to equalise for the Greens. Both teams went in search of the winner, and it was Hendon who found it when the ball reached Isaiah Rankin in the area, and he fired off an outstanding shot on the turn that flew into the back of the net sparking huge celebrations on and off the pitch.

There was still a couple of minutes of stoppage time to endure, but the Greens held on to secure the win, secure £7,500 prize money, and a trip to either Histon or Corby Town a week on Saturday.

Finally, a big thank you to our supporters tonight - you were superb and got behind the team wonderfully.