Holmesdale Youth 3 v 3 Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ Youth
0-1 Adedoyin (13), 1-1 Lewer-Smith (51), 2-1 John (54), 2-2 Mpongo (84),
2-3 Mpongo (86), 3-3 Belazregue (90).
This topsy-turvy encounter saw Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ team drop their first points of the season.
Both sides had led during this entertaining match but hosts Holmesdale snatched a dramatic equaliser in the 90th minute to dent Dulwich’s perfect league record.
After an even start it was Dulwich who had the first chance of the game on 7 minutes when Maliq Morris was unlucky not to open the scoring.
Having made a strong run from the half way line he unleashed a fierce 25 yard shot that deflected off a Holmesdale defender sending the ball spinning over home keeper Daniel Mamas high to his left but onto the bar and out to safety.
On 12 minutes it was the turn of Holmesdale to go close when Ryan Brown’s excellent through ball found the run into the box of lively forward Nathan Lewer-Smith but Dulwich keeper Tom Wray was quickly off his line to make a good close range block.
A minute later the visitors took the lead when Hans Mpongo’s pass found Rowland Adedoyin on the left side of the box and he coolly slotted home low to the right of Mamas.
Holmesdale almost drew level a few minutes later when Isaac John made space well before firing in a dipping shot that Wray held moving to his left.
Dulwich then nearly made it two when Jargal Enkh made a powerful run down the left to the bye line before whipping over a low cross that was met at the near post by a clever flick from Henry Adeniran but Mamas made a good block with his legs low down at his near post to deflect the ball away for a corner.
After this Dulwich continued to control proceedings for most of the remainder of the half with Morris hitting a 25 yard free kick narrowly over on 26 minutes before another strong forward run by Enkh down the left saw him burst through into the box but his low shot was well saved by Mamas diving to his left. On 35 minutes Mamas was in action again saving high to his left to keep out Adeniran’s shot from the edge of the box.
Just before half time Holmesdale also hit the woodwork when Omar Belazregue’s free kick from the edge of the box curled over the Dulwich wall beating Wray high to his left but struck the angle of post and bar before flying over.
Lewer-Smith then had an effort fly just over before the last action of the half saw Dulwich’s Thomas Chambers hit a dipping long range shot that Mamas saved well diving low to his left for a corner.
Dulwich then went close to increasing their lead early in the second half when Breno Carmago hit a powerful shot that had Mamas diving full length to his right as the ball flew narrowly wide.
Holmesdale then drew level on 51 minutes when William Keene’s right wing cross was flicked on by George Squires-Clark into the path of Lewer-Smith who fired home low to the right of Wray.
Dulwich centre half Jamie Splatt then tried his luck with a long range free kick that Mamas saved high to his left before Holmesdale stunned their visitors taking the lead on 54 minutes.
This time it was a great crossfield pass from the back by Belazregue that found the run inside the full back of Keene down the right and he took a touch before sending over a low cross that was touched home from close range by John.
It was then nearly three for the hosts as Lewer-Smith made a great turn in the box before hitting a low shot that Wray managed to block with the rebound falling back to Lewer-Smith who then tried to lift his follow up shot over the prone keeper but sent his effort crashing against the bar and over.
Just after the hour mark Holmesdale went close again when John turned well down by the bye line before hitting a low shot that Wray saved well down at his left hand post for a corner.
Dulwich finally started to get back in the game and on 69 minutes went close to drawing level when Adeniran’s right wing cross found Mpongo whose shot on the turn was saved by Mamas low to his left.
Adeniran then had a rasping drive fly just wide across the face of goal before on 75 minutes it looked as if the visitors had equalised when a Chambers inswinging free kick from wide right beat Mamas but Belazregue was covering to hook the ball off the line to safety.
Arthur Dornells then fired an effort at Mamas before Dulwich finally drew level on 84 minutes when Adedoyin’s right wing cross was headed on by Adeniran to Mpongo who scored low to the left of Mamas from close range.
Worse was to follow two minutes later for the home side when Carmargo’s lofted pass over the Holmesdale back line saw Mpongo race through on goal before shooting home low to the left of the exposed Mamas.
However the drama was not over yet as on 90 minutes Holmesdale were awarded a free kick some 30 yards from goal.
This was taken by Belazregue who drilled in a low shot that was dummied by Brown as the ball whistled through his legs leaving Wray unsighted as it flew home low to the right of the keeper.
The Dulwich defenders appealed to their linesman for an offside decision but he stated the Brown was onside when he jumped out of the way of the ball and the goal stood.
However deep in stoppage time the visitors missed a glorious chance to win the game when a neat passing move saw Mpongo’s pass find Dornells who swiftly found the run into the box of Adedoyin who fired over with only Mamas to beat.
A minute later he almost redeemed himself when his clever pass put Dornells in on goal but Mamas made a good close range block to preserve the home sides point.