Hayes & Yeading United

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Match Report


Hayes & Yeading Utd 1
Farnborough 2

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Play-offs can be so cruel and this is the way United must feel after such an excellent season saw promotion denied by the smallest of margins as a slip, a raised arm and a late Farnborough winner saw the Hampshire side gain promotion to the National League South at United’s expense on Bank Holiday Monday at the SKYex.

United manager Paul Hughes made two changes from the starting XI from the semi-final with Cole Brown and Sanmi Odelusi returning from suspension and illness respectively in place of Jack Connors and Jack Williams.

United were quickly out of the blocks and with just 44 seconds played Amos Nasha played Francis Amartey away on the right, his low cross to Moses Emmanuel at the near post saw the striker poke his effort marginally wide of the upright.

The visitors could have taken an early lead themselves on four minutes when a long goal-kick from ‘keeper Jack Turner was flicked on by former United striker Elliott Buchanan to Mitchell Parker and with United stopper Ravan Constable coming out to challenge for the ball the ‘Boro striker got there first but his chip attempt was straight into Constable’s hands.

An early goal was to come in the 12th minute, a long punt upfield by Constable was inexplicably allowed to bounce on the edge of the Farnborough box by Mark Nisbet and as the ball went over his head Emmanuel nipped in behind him and while Turner did well to block his initial effort, the United hitman hooked home the loose ball for goal number 41 of his season and United were ahead.

United continued to push for a second, Amartey again broke away on the right and cut inside before his attempted pull-back was put out for a corner by Jack Ball. The resultant kick was met by skipper Liam McDevitt but his header was off target.

As we entered the final ten minutes of the half it looked as if only one side would add to the goal tally, how wrong you can be in this game called football. Chances for United came and went, Amartey broke free on the left and fired the ball in to Nasha but the midfielder was off balance and fired wide and then Sanmi Odelusi played the ball forwards to Nasha who fed Emmanuel, Turner was quickly out to block with Nasha again turning the loose ball wide.

Four minutes from the break Amartey again left his marker in his tracks and cut inside from the left only for Turner to again be in the way, the visiting stopper blocking the ball wide.

On 45 minutes, Reggie Young saw a twenty yard effort comfortably dealt with by Constable and then in the first minute of added time disaster struck for United as an innocuous forwards pass saw Jordan Norville-Williams slip at the crucial moment which allowed Young to run at goal, he coolly rounded Constable and slotted the ball home despite the best efforts of a sliding Ben Frempah to get to it before it crossed the line and somehow we went in level at 1-1.

United were again quickly on the forwards march after the break and with less than two minutes played Cole Brown and Emmanuel exchanged passes with the former collecting the return and moving into the box before shooting with his weaker left foot but still forcing a diving save from Turner who reacted quickly to grab the loose ball.

A minute later disaster struck as United were reduced to ten men. A straightforward challenge on the United left wing saw Amartey tangle with Ball, a raised arm from the United man, with what looked like minimal contact albeit from a distance, saw Ball go down like the proverbial “sack of spuds” and referee Scriven produced an instant red card for the United striker, who having raised his hands took the risk of such action from the referee regardless of how much contact was made.

Despite being a man light it was still United who looked the more dangerous side, Brown crossed from the right with the flight of the ball just evading the on-coming Emmanuel and minutes later Omar Rowe came in from the right and fired goalwards only for a defensive deflection to take the ball inches wide of the target.

As we entered the final 30 minutes of normal time the visitors started to create chances of their own, making use of United being a man light, that being said Paul Hughes’ side continued to work their socks off to keep in the match.

On 61 minutes a quick break from halfway saw the ball played forwards to Buchanan who moved into the United box only to be denied a shot by an excellent recovery tackle from Brown, this was followed a couple of minutes later by a Mitchell Parker free-kick from just outside the box that dipped just over the United goal and we stayed at 1-1.

Going into the final ten minutes it started to look as if United’s ten men may force extra time, Constable held a dipping Paul Hodges volley and seconds later Deering sent Buchanan through again, this time the United stopper was down quickly to block the ball away with McDevitt playing it clear of danger.

With just three minutes left Deering got the decisive strike, having collected a slide-rule pass through the United defence the ‘Boro skipper moved into the box and fired low across Constable into the far corner.

United still had a chance to force extra time however as substitute Kadell Daniel forced a full length diving save from Turner from a free-kick deep into added time but seconds later the whistle went on United’s promotion hopes and it was Farnborough who gained promotion.

Report by Kevin Watts.

Photos © John-Patrick Fletcher / www.johnpatrickfletcher.com

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Hayes & Yeading United
Ravan Constable
Half-Time: 1 - 1

Full-Time: 1 - 2

Referee: Mr C Scriven

Attendance: 1,600


Hayes & Yeading United:
Emmanuel (12)

Young (45+1)
Deering (87)

Jack Turner
Cole Brown Frankie Sutherland
Jordan Norville-Williams Jack Ball
Sanmi Odelusi CJ Fearn
Liam McDevitt © Mitch Brundle
Ben Frempah Mark Nisbet
Amos Nasha John Oyenuga
Omar Rowe © Sam Deering
Moses Emmanuel Elliott Buchanan
Francis Amartey Mitchell Parker
Hassan Jalloh Reggie Young
Keano Robinson David Pratt
Marcin Brzozowski Paul Hodges (for Fearn, 74)
Jack Connors Terrell Egbri
Josh Payne (for Nasha, 88) Adam Martin
Kadell Daniel (for Jalloh, 69) Dante Baptiste
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