Neighbours find the perfect blend
PUBLISHED: 17:04 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010
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CLOSE neighbours Hendon and South Kilburn fought out an epic battle on Saturday as Gary McCanns Greens survived a huge scare to scrape into the fourth round of the London Senior Cup. With three steps in the pyramid...
CLOSE neighbours Hendon and South Kilburn fought out an epic battle on Saturday as Gary McCanns' Greens survived a huge scare to scrape into the fourth round of the London Senior Cup.
With three steps in the pyramid separating Ryman League Premier Division side Hendon from their Hellenic League Division One West opponents, Hendon were always favourites to send their close rivals out of the competition, while Kilburn took to the Vale Farm pitch with little to lose.
But after the underdogs shocked the Dons by surging into an early lead, the contest quickly became a blood and thunder cup tie, with nothing to choose between the two sides and the outcome still hanging in the balance inside the final 10 minutes.
Kilburn took an early stranglehold on the game, with Jerome Scarlett and Eri Deda running Hendon ragged down the flanks, and it was no surprise when they hit the front.
On 10 minutes, Scarlett cut inside from the left and unleashed a dipping cross-cum-shot which Hendon keeper James Reading could only parry as far as Deda, who volleyed the loose ball straight back into the net.
Stung by the setback, Hendon took much of the first half to find their feet. But they were gifted a route back into the game on the half-hour mark when Damien Berdier brought down James Bent for a penalty.
Berdier was booked, and Bent stepped up to convert the spot-kick and send the sides in deadlocked at the break.
Berdier and Daniel Jennings continued to control the match for Kilburn in the second half, but the game then swung Hendon's way as tempers flared after a series of crunching tackles.
Berdier and Kevin Maclaren's resulting altercation sparked a mass confrontation that took the referee several minutes to resolve, and both players were derservedly given their marching orders.
It was Hendon who recovered the quicker, and they took the lead within two minutes. Lubomir Guentchev's determination caused panic in the box, and Casey Maclaren headed the ball over the helpless Chris Christie.
Steven Edgar shot wide as Kilburn fought back, but Gareth Brobbin then deflected a cross into his own net with eight minutes to go, and Hendon appeared home and dry.
Kilburn had the final say, as Scott Nelmes' shot hit the post and cannoned into the net off Dons defender Scott Cousins, but Hendon just about clung on to edge into the next round.
South Kilburn: Christie, Oakes, Starkey, Baring, Gurrin, Scarlett, Jennings, Berdiez, Deda, Nelmes, Hamilton.
Hendon: Reading, Burgess, Vargas, K MaLaren, C McLaren, Parker, Bent, Cousins, Hamada, Dunn, Guentchev.
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