Gareth stars in total turnaround
GARETH O'Flaherty inspired Haringey to their first win of the season at the fifth attempt on Saturday, hauling his team-mates back from 3-0 down in a 5-3 victory over Peterborough Islanders. The Greyhounds' victory came just six days...
GARETH O'Flaherty inspired Haringey to their first win of the season at the fifth attempt on Saturday, hauling his team-mates back from 3-0 down in a 5-3 victory over Peterborough Islanders.
The Greyhounds' victory came just six days after the Alexandra Palace side had been defeated 6-3 by Peterborough in north London.
However, currently sitting at the very foot of the table, the Hounds immediately tasted defeat again 24 hours later, as fellow strugglers and London rivals Streatham Redskins left the Hounds with a sour taste in their mouths after a double-header in the basement battle.
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The situation had initially looked bleak in Peterborough as well, as the hosts racked up a 3-0 lead inside the opening 19 minutes. But Scott Beeson pulled a goal back for the Hounds five seconds before the end of the first period after good work from Perry Richards and O'Flaherty.
Within a minute of the restart O'Flaherty set Richards up for a second Haringey goal, leaving the match precariously poised going into the third and final session.
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And, having played his part in both Greyhounds goals, O'Flaherty equalised himself with a stunning solo effort with 16 minutes remaining. Five minutes later Gary Dodds put the Hounds into a shock lead, and O'Flaherty completed an amazing turnaround with the fifth goal in the final seconds.
Buoyed by their first victory of the campaign, Haringey returned home to take on Streatham on Sunday, but they were unable to make it two wins in a row.
The Redskins were 2-0 up after half an hour and, although Chris Fox struck for the hosts, the south Londoners were 3-1 up going into the final quarter.
They extended that lead further with 10 minutes left, making late strikes from Haringey's Liam Doyle and Stuart Appleby all but irrelevant. The Greyhounds host Chelmsford Chieftains at Ally Pally on Sunday at 5.30pm.