Paul Hughes' Hayes & Yeading side will make an unprecedented third consecutive appearance in the Emirates FA Cup First Round after an epic 210 minutes against Dorking Wanderers saw United progress ia a penalty shoot out in a tie which neither side really deserved to lose.
The gaffer made two forced changes to the starting line-up, skipper Liam McDeviit and Jack Connors coming in with both Keano Robinson and Amos Nasha dropping to the bench having sustained knocks at the Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday.
The visitors were sharper out of the blocks and with just eight minutes played United's loanee 'keeper Tyla Dickinson had to be alert when a free-kick played into the United box dropped nicely to Ed Harris who saw his volley acrobatically tipped over by Dickinson. The resultant corner evaded all boots at the near post before striking it with the ball running to Josh Taylor but his shot was comfortably held by Dickinson.
United's first goalbound effort came in the thirteenth minute when an Omar Rowe free-kick from 20 yards was held by visiting stopper Stuart Nelson at the foot of the post and just three minutes later the hosts went close once more as Rowe found Tyler Goodrham 30 yards out, the Oxford United loanee bursting forwards before hitting a low skidding shot from the edge of the box that went just wide of the target.
Just beyond the half hour mark Dickinson made a routine save from a low James McShane effort and a minute later Niall McManus collected the ball in the United box with his shot being well blocked away by a perfectly timed Ben Frempah interception.
United closed the half out well, in the 38th minute a perfect Hassan Jalloh throughball through the Dorking defence saw Moses Emmanuel through on goal, he looked to take the ball around Nelson but the veteran stopper showed all his experience to stand up and block the strikers shot away with his legs.
As we hit the 45th minute United did take the lead as Goodrham collected the ball near the centre circle inside the Dorking half and proceeded to advance through tackles and despite a sliding defender coming from either side he still managed to fire the ball past Nelson for his second goal of his loan spell and the half closed out with United a goal ahead.
In a reversal of Saturday's game, this time it was Dorking who came out a goal behind and soon found a leveller which came in the 53rd minute when a pinpoint James Taylor centre was headed home in the middle by Alfie Rutherford.
Both sides were now hunting another to put them ahead. For the visitors James McShane met a Bobby Joe Taylor corner only to head wide and this was repeated minutes later at the other end as Sanmi Odelusi got his head to a Jack Connors corner with the ball again going wide of the target.
United thought they had the lead in the 64th minute, firstly Odelusi charged upfield from his own half only for Nelson to push his shot wide and then from the resultant Hassan Jalloh corner the ball dropped to Odelusi at the far post but his low drive was superbly cleared off the line by Bobby Joe Taylor.
The final 20 minutes saw chances come and go at both ends. Goodrham played in Emmanuel once more but his shot was blocked wide by Luke Moore while in the 79th minute Dickinson was again required, this time to push a Bobby Joe Taylor free-kick around the post.
The final few minutes of the ninety still brought nothing, Goodrham rose well to meet a deep Scott Shulton centre but his header went wide and for the visitors Matt Briggs broke away before finding Rutherford who saw his shot well blocked by a sliding Liam McDeviit and into extra time we sailed.
In fairness the 30 minutes of extra time, despite bringing another goal apiece gave very little to write about as tired legs on an extremely wet pitch saw both sides pretty much running on empty by the end.
Dickinson was needed early on though as Josh Taylor hit a sweet 20 yard drive that the United stopper did well to push away and then as we reach the final minute of the first period of extra time it went goal crazy. First up United took the lead for the second time, substitutes Amos Nasha and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick combined with the former seeing his curling shot tipped around the post by Nelson. The resultant corner was headed back across goal by McDevitt with top scorer Francis Amartey heading home from close range.
The lead however was to be cancelled out a minute or two later in stoppage time as a Luke Moore corner was met by Dorking skipper Barry Fuller who glanced his header past Dickinson and we were level once more and that was how it stayed with little of note happening in the second period of extra time so off to penalties we went.
Dorking took the first kick with Bobby Joe Taylor firing over the top to give United the advantage which was held until kick four when Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick did the same thing and we were level at 3-3 with a kick apiece remaining so effectively sudden death already. Dorking's fifth kick was taken by James McShane with Dickinson guessing correctly and making an excellent save to give Scott Shulton the chance to put United through and this he did with aplomb, sending Nelson the wrong way much to the delight of the United faithful.
Report by Kevin Watts.
United Man of the Match: Tyler Goodrham.
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