Hendon pay the penalty as Enfield snatch dramatic win
PUBLISHED: 14:51 25 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:53 25 August 2013
Ryman League Premier Division: Enfield 3 Hendon 2
A last-minute penalty from Liam Hope consigned Hendon to their fourth consecutive defeat after an entertaining clash against Enfield on Saturday.
Dave Diedhiou had twice cancelled out Enfield goals, but Gary McCann’s side were unable to find a winner, instead falling to Hope’s late spot-kick.
The Greens have now not won since their opening-day victory over Thamesmead Town, and will be hoping to arrest that slump at home to north London neighbours Wingate & Finchley on Bank Holiday Monday.
In the pouring rain which blighted matches across the capital, Enfield opened the scoring in just the second minute as Adam Wallace slid home a simple finish.
Hendon responded with a series of half-chances; Jefferson Louis having a shot deflected wide and the Enfield keeper pushing another effort over the crossbar.
The visitors drew level when Junior Morias won a corner kick, and the delivery was headed in by Diedhiou for his second goal of the season.
Hendon felt they should have had a penalty for an apparent hand-ball, but the offence went unpunished, and with the last action of the half Hope was booked for a foul.
If McCann had been encouraged by his side’s end to the first half, he would have been furious with their start to the second, as they went behind for a second time. Again Hope was the scorer, coolly curling a free-kick into the top corner.
Again it was Diedhiou who rescued his side, and again it was from a corner, as he pounced with another clinical header to make it 2-2.
Diedhiou thought he had his hat-trick shortly afterwards, smashing home another header, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
And Hendon were dealt a cruel blow in injury-time, as Tony Taggart’s trip in the penalty area was spotted by the linesman. Hope stepped up and stroked the penalty into the net. His over-the-top celebration, however, was enough to earn him a second yellow card, and the match-winner departed the pitch early.
Hendon host Wingate & Finchley at Earlsmead on Monday, kick-off 3pm.
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