By Jack McRae

Tom Loizou hailed an ‘unbelievable’ Ebenezer Adoo as a dominant Haringey Borough saw off late pressure from Dulwich Hamlet in their FA Cup replay to advance to the second qualifying round.

On a buoyant evening under the lights at Coles Park, manager Loizou heaped praise on his new signing who was superb as Borough consistently troubled Hamlet down the wings.

“I’ve got to give the young kid at right back a mention.” said Loizou. “Ebz is only 20-years-old and he’s been a breath of fresh air. He’s unbelievable for someone who hasn’t played at this level and he’s just improving every game.”

Within two minutes, Adoo had set the tempo as he swung in a dangerous cross and won a corner. The full-back would continue to combine well with Tage Kennedy and Kasim Aidoo as Borough stamped their authority on the game.

A flurry of chances followed and the lively home stand erupted as a drilled cross turned goalwards by Arthur Iontton was deflected onto the crossbar with most convinced their midfielder had scored.

Fortunately for the home fans in the 417 crowd, they did not have to wait long for the pressure to eventually tell as the resulting corner was cleared only as far as the impressive Khalifa Jabbie who cut inside and cleverly curled a shot into the bottom-right corner.

Hamlet, having lost every game this season in which they have conceded first, faced an uphill battle as they had taken the lead on Saturday, before a late Matt Young penalty saved Borough.

And they struggled to hold onto possession for much of the game as striker Danny Mills cut a lonely figure up top, while their imperious centre-back Michael Chambers won all of his aerial duels to keep them in the tie at the break.

Haringey punished a languid Hamlet soon after the break, though, as a drive from Aidoo flew in at the near post after a deflection off the woodwork, with the winger peeling away to celebrate a deserved goal that felt decisive.

However, Haringey allowed Dulwich back into the game as tired passes became complacent, but Dillon Barnes remained alert and made a smart save to deny a Mills header from a corner.

Dulwich offered greater threat as Barnes made another low save from Ryley Scott who had been sent through by Kreshnic Krasniqi, who was at the heart of most Hamlet attacks.

Krasniqi pounced on a parried Luke Wanadio effort from distance to halve the deficit in the final minutes, but despite a habit of throwing games away late on, Haringey managed the closing stages well to earn a home date with Tonbridge Angels.

The National League South club have made a steady start to the new season - a level above Haringey - but a determined Loizon remains hopeful of an upset.

“We owe them one because they knocked us out of the play-offs a few years ago. We should have won that game. It should be us in that division," he added.

“On our day, we can beat anyone. We're a cup side, as we've proved in the past. The players have just got to believe it and believe in us.”

Borough return to Isthmian League Premier Division action as they travel to Hastings United on Saturday, hoping a little bit of cup magic can bring their first three points of the season.