Ademiluyi proud of Haringey’s effort in historic FA Cup tie
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The attacker, who caused AFC Wimbledon problems on Friday night, lauded his team-mates after the 1-0 loss
Haringey Borough’s Michael Ademiluyi admitted his overriding feeling after Friday’s FA Cup first round clash with AFC Wimbledon was pride, not disappointment at the result.
The fixture with the Dons was broadcast live on BBC Two and a crowd of 2,710 were in attendance for the tie – a record for the north Londoners.
Borough had never reached the first round before and although they lost 1-0 on the stroke of full time, with the Dons winger Mitchell Pinnock scoring a deflected goal in the 90th minute, it failed to dampen the mood at Coles Park.
Ademiluyi said: “It was a good experience for me and some of the other players who have never got this far before.
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“It was my first time in the first round of the FA Cup and I am proud of myself and my team-mates and all of the coaching staff who have helped us get this far.
“I am really happy. I am not even disappointed with the result. We lost to a deflected goal and as tough as it sounds, that is the FA Cup for you.”
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The huge crowd, over double Borough’s previous best of 1,133 set in December 2017, were jumping for joy in the 72nd minute when the hosts’ had the ball in the back of the Wimbledon net.
Midfielder Joe Staunton exchanged passes with Ademiluyi before rifling into the net to spark wild scenes, but they were short-lived with the linesman raising his flag to rule the effort out for offside.
And then further heartbreak occurred when Pinnock fired home the winner, via a deflection, but seconds after the Haringey fans chanted their love for the team in a sign the result was insignificant on a unforgettable night for the club.
“The aim was to try and get me in space as much as possible and it worked alright and we were unlucky with the offside goal – just offside I’d say,” Ademiluyi said, with a smile. “We caused them problems, so we can be proud of our effort.
“It was a great atmosphere. Everyone was amazing and I had a lot of my family and friends in the crowd. They really pushed me on and I am sure all the boys felt it too.”
Following the high of playing in front of nearly 3,000 people on Friday night, Borough will be back to the bread and butter of the Bostik Premier this evening.
A potentially tricky encounter lies in wait with divisional leaders Tonbridge Angels visiting Coles Park for a 7.45pm kick-off.
With Tom Loizou’s men focusing on the FA Cup in recent months, they have slipped to 18th in the table after a bright start following promotion in May.
Even though Angels will pose Haringey with a tough test, Ademiluyi insisted: “Now the run is over it is the time to focus on the Bostik Premier.
“This FA Cup run has been really, really good for us, but we have to concentrate on the league again and need to try and move up the table.”