Harrow beat Hendon in London Senior Cup
PUBLISHED: 08:40 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 19 September 2018
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London Senior Cup first round: Harrow Borough 3 (O'Connor 5, Kearney 10, 11) Hendon (Hippolyte-Patrick 21, White 80)
Harrow Borough are through to the second round of the London Senior Cup after a 3-2 win at home to a young Hendon side.
Boro were on the front foot from the off, and when Eric Sowonola, making his first start, won a fifth-minute corner, George Moore’s delivery was headed down by Adam Richards for Anthony O’Connor to apply the finishing touch.
In the tenth minute, the lead was doubled when Harry Rush played a lovely through ball for Dylan Kearney, also making his first start, to outpace Riccardo Alexander-Greenway and slam the ball home against his former employers.
A minute later, it was three as Kearney picked up on an awful Hendon pass out of defence and found the unguarded net with ease from 20 yards.
Harrow seemed to rest on their laurels from that moment, and in particular eased off from their earlier pressing of the ball.
Gianni Crichlow’s shot was deflected wide and the same player then got past a dozing Shaun Preddie, his shot kept out by a combination of Mark McLeod and Hafed Al-Droubi. The warning signs were there and in the 21st minute Hendon pulled a goal back as Taishan Griffith got clear of McLeod on the right and crossed for Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick to beat Al-Droubi with a powerful downward header.
Preddie headed narrowly over from a right-wing free-kick, Moore had a 20-yard free kick saved, Kearney shot past the near post from O’Connor’s pull-back and Sowonola’s shot was saved by Daniel Purdue as half-time arrived with Harrow 3-1 up.
But the second period saw Hendon increase their threat as they grew in belief and Boro became more lethargic.
Hippolyte-Patrick shot across goal after a quick break and Al-Droubi held Crichlow’s free-kick.
Kearney set up Rush for a shot wide of the target and O’Connor scuffed his shot after holding off two challenges.
In the 80th minute Al-Droubi came out of his penalty area only to miss his kick, presenting Mickey White with a simple target to aim at and it was 3-2.
Harrow couldn’t turn on the boosters again, instead resorting to trying to keep the ball in the corner with about five minutes to go.
It was clear that the confidence of the early minutes had disappeared and the likelihood of a Greens equaliser increased.
Boro had Al-Droubi to thank as he dropped on a goalbound header to atone for his earlier error and ensure Harrow advanced to a second round tie away at Tooting & Mitcham United.
Harrow: Al-Droubi, Moore, Haugh, Preddie, Richards, Rush (Muhemba 65), O’Connor (Olanrewaju 65), McLeod (Cole 74), Kearney, Sowonla, Keita.
Subs: Moss, Brown.
Hendon: Purdue, Griffith, Gray (Payne 45), Mbengui, Alexander-Greenway, Mensah, Hippolyte-Patrick (White 67), Newman, Hunte, Murphy (Grant 63), Crichlow.
Subs: Panic, Egyir.