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Match Report

Hendon
2
Kingstonian
2
Date:
Tuesday 06 October 2015
Competition:
Isthmian League Cup
Attendance:
83
Venue:
Harrow Borough

Match Report

Hendon's reign as Isthmian League Cup champions ended as Kingstonian won a penalty shoot-out after an entertaining 2-2 draw in very wet conditions at Earlsmead.

After the defeat against Metropolitan Police, manager Gary McCann rang the changes with Joe Wright, Charlie Kuehn, Ben Frempah, Andre Da Costa, Mahrez Bettache and Kezie Ibe taking over from Melvin Minter, Sam Flegg, Luke Tingey, Russell Short, Lee O'Leary and Leon Smith.

Incessant rain made the pitch very slick and players had trouble keeping their feet, but both teams tried to play football. In the eighth minute, after Kingstonian had missed an opportunity to open the scoring with an off-target angled shot, Hendon took the lead.

A free-kick on the right side, 15 yards outside the penalty area, suggested a ball aimed at Frempah or captain Mark Kirby. Instead, Murphy played the ball to the feet of the quick-turning Ibe, who shot into the bottom corner.

Four minutes later, Wright made a fine save, keeping out an effort from Jake Kempton, but he had no chance, barely 60 seconds later. The Hendon defence should have dealt with a Ks raid, but they didn't and this time Kempton fired a shot across goal, off a post and into the net.

The teams continued to create chances, but didn't take them. Then, a few seconds before the half-time whistle, Andre Da Costa attacked down the right wing, reached the goal-line and passed the ball into the middle of the penalty area, where Ibe was tussling with Sam Page.

Ine got the better of the former Hendon man and his shot had enough power and direction to beat Rob Tolfrey. Kingstonian's defenders and bench felt Ibe had fouled Page, but the referee was happy that both players had been tussling equally for postion and the ball.

The second half was an even contest, but the game edged towards Kingstonian after the substitutions were made. Smith replaced Ibe and Jake Cass took over from Tony Taggart, while Dan Sweeney, Dan Bennett and Pico Pelayo Gomez came on for Brendan McVey, Ricky Sappleton and Malachi Hudson.

A period of sustained possession saw Ks ramp up the pressure and it paid dividends with 12 minutes to go. The ball came to Gomez, whose shot may or may not have been going in, but Kuehn's attempt to clear the danger succeeded only in making the sure ball ended up in the net.

The final five minutes saw the pendulum swing back in Hendon’s direction. Ollie Sprague delivered a low cross which found Dave Diedhiou, whose effort went high and wide.

Then, in stoppage time, Cass had the chance to win it for Hendon. The Ks defence failed to deal with an attack and the ball fell to the substitute, who ran onto it just outside the penalty area.

The goal was gaping but the ball could not find a single piece of netting as the ball rose off Cass's foot and thudded against the wall of the clubhouse.

With no extra time, the game went straight to penalties and Kingstonian went first. Bennett sent the wrong way to give Ks the advantage.

Bettache made a complete hash off his attempt, tripping over his own feet as he was about to strike the ball and it bobbled eight yards wide of the target.

Parity was achieved when Sweeney struck the crossbar with his attempt and Diedhiou - at the second attempt as the ball moved off the spot first time around - deceived Tolfrey.

Bruce Hogg scored confidently, but Murphy's effort was weak and saved by Tolfrey. Wright's save from Kempton was altogether better, diving full length to push aside his strike, but Da Costa's effort was little more than a push.

Tolfrey was barely troubled in blocking the shot. This mean that Harold Odametey could win it for Kingstonian and he made no mistake.

Report by David Ballheimer

Hendon

1
Joe Wright
2
Charlie Kuehn
3
Oliver Sprague
4
Ben Frempah
5
Mark Kirby
6
Dave Diedhiou
7
Andre Da Costa
8
Mahrez Bettache
9
Kezie Ibe
10
Sam Murphy
11
Tony Taggart
12
Leon Smith
13
Scott Cousins
14
Jake Cass
15
Luke Tingey
16
Melvin Minter

Match Events

9''
Kezie Ibe
Jake Kempton
11''
45''
Kezie Ibe
Dan Bennett replaced Ricky Sappleton
63''
Pelayo Pico Gomez replaced Aaron Hopkinson
63''
67''
Jake Cass replaced Tony Taggart
67''
Leon Smith replaced Kezie Ibe
Daniel Sweeney replaced Brendan Murphy-McVey
74''
Pelayo Pico Gomez
78''

Kingstonian

1
Rob Tolfrey
2
Dylan Casey
3
George Wells
4
Brendan Murphy-McVey
5
Sam Page
6
Bruce Hogg
7
Aaron Hopkinson
8
Harold Odametey
9
Ricky Sappleton
10
Jake Kempton
11
Malachi Hudson
12
Daniel Sweeney
14
Peter Dean
15
Dan Bennett
16
Pelayo Pico Gomez
17
Filippo di Bonito