Rayners Lane 1 Harrow Borough 1: Boro out of Middlesex Charity Cup after shoot-out defeat
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 March 2018
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Middlesex Charity Cup: Rayners Lane 1 Harrow Borough 1 (Rayners Lane win 4-3 on penalties)
Harrow Borough’s hopes of winning the Middlesex Charity Cup this season are over after losing to Rayners Lane on penalties
With Sahr Kabba having departed and Anthony O’Connor suspended following a red card for dual-registration club Hanwell Town, Kyle Beggs started up-front alongside Ryan Moss.
There was at least a very welcome return for Adam Richards at the back, and for Mark McLeod in midfield.
Beggs netted early on when Richards headed on McLeod’s cross, but was offside.
The hosts were looking lively on a bobbly pitch and Melvin Minter had to come off his line sharply to grab the ball off Sekhan McColman’s toe, the Harrow keeper then saving a deflected shot from Saleeh Zaheed.
Lewis Cole’s shot from the edge of the box went wide of the mark, and Luke Daley in the home goal made a good diving claim to stop Ryan Moss reaching Charles Banya’s cut-back. Lewis Cole’s effort then cannoned off a defender, and rebounded back off Cole and past the post.
George Moore shot over at the far post at the end of a half in which Harrow had seen much of the ball but done very little with it.
It looked as if Borough might have received a half-time kick up the backside when the second half began, as they immediately went close twice, Lewis Cole’s shot blocked after good work by Banya, and Richards’s glancing header from Beggs’s free-kick going narrowly wide.
But that lively start petered out, and Minter had to save from Jamie McKay, who was then the victim of a nasty-looking challenge by McLeod and was unable to continue.
Zaheed then shrugged off Jonathan Bell and cut in from the right to whistle a left-foot shot narrowly past the far post.
The game looked to be heading for penalties when Harrow broke the deadlock in the 79th minute.
Chinua Cole, Harrow’s best player on the night, cut in from the left and hit a right-foot shot narrowly wide, but he was tripped just before unloading his shot, and referee Mr Batten awarded a free-kick.
George Moore stepped up to drill the ball low past Daley’s left hand.
Daley then made a wonderful twisting save to keep out Moss’s header, and that was to prove crucial.
Bulky centre-back Payne had been sent upfield by the hosts, and in the 85th minute it took a great Chinua Cole tackle to stop him, but Cole’s defensive colleagues failed to clear their lines, and the ball was crossed again from the left and this time Payne fired home the equaliser.
Moss was in on goal but Daley saved at his feet, and two debutant substitutes, Tarun Dawkins and Ahmed El Sahib, both went close, but the scores remained level and the game went to penalties.
Kurtis Cumberbatch and Moss scored Harrow’s first two, and when Alex Delasalle hit the post with Lane’s second, Harrow were in control.
But Daley made a fine save from El Sahib, Lavender netted, and it was two-all after three.
Lewis Cole and Tom Pegrum scored so it was now, realistically, sudden death.
Moore took the Harrow fifth with his usual power, but it was straight down the middle, and Daley saved.
Minter hadn’t got near any of the first four Lane kicks and he didn’t get close to the fifth either, Zaheed netting to send them through amid jubilant scenes.