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Blues out of FA Cup after late Haringey winning goal

Ayrton Coley (Photo by Ian Davidson)

Saturday 8th September
FA CUP 1st QUALIFYING ROUND
BRENTWOOD TOWN 2 - 3 HARINGEY BOROUGH

Brentwood went out of the FA Cup when Karl Akinwande scored a dramatic winner deep into stoppage time to send Haringey through.

Despite twice leading in this FA Cup tie, Brentwood went out of the competition after Haringey scored two very late goals, including a 97th minute stoppage time winner.

The game got off to a flying start with two quick goals. Sam Carter put Blues ahead with just two minutes gone, turning Mitchel Hunter’s cross in off the post, but Georgios Aresti soon equalised for Borough with a superb left foot volley into the top corner.

Blues’ Rob Budd saved well from a Rakim Richards header in the 29th minute and the keeper also denied Joel Nouble before half time although Brentwood had also threatened to score again in the first half with Ayrton Coley having their best chance, but he shot over the bar from 15 yards.

The visitors’ goalkeeper Valery Pajetet kept the scores level in the second half with saves from Coley and Tony Stokes but there were no more goals until the 81st minute when Coley scored a goal worthy of winning the game, cutting in from the left and finding the far top corner.

It looked as though Blues might hang for a win against higher-level opponents until Haringey sub Chinedu McKenzie slotted in an 88th minute equaliser. It looked as though the tie would go to a Monday night replay in North London, but Akinwande found the bottom corner with a fine low shot to win the match with virtually the last kick of an exciting cup tie.

Brentwood Town: Budd, Gardner, Foster (Joseph 65), Hunter, Gordon, Carter, Gardner, Levett, Coley, Foster, Hilton (Apenteng 78), Stokes (McCabe 87).

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