Dinnington left it late but are through to the quarter finals of the league trophy in a 5 goal thriller against Porter FC.
The match had an end of season feel to it and Dinnington started the game slowly but took the lead following a well worked move started by Tapi Mandishona who won possession on the right wing and he played the ball back to Louis Hellewell who crossed to Declan Stevens and he scored from close range to take the lead, somewhat against the run of play, 1-0.
Connor Beighton and Alex Elian had their hands full in defence and it took a sliding challenge from Connor to stop another Porter attack. Reece Peters was brought on for Declan Stevens to quell the threat down the left wing and provide more defensive cover for the back four. Porter were beginning to get a foothold in the game and a deep cross from them to the far post looked dangerous but bounced out to safety but they went two behind from the penalty spot when a Porter defender handled in the box. Louis Hellewell took responsibility and for the 2nd time this season his well struck penalty was tipped onto the woodwork and he scored from the resulting rebound, 2-0.
It was a scrappy encounter but James Proctor and Jack Littlewood kept Porter FC at bay and Matt Kriel in goal was in determined mood to keep the visitors out. jordan voyse and Owen Williamson were leading the line well but chances were few and far between as they went in at the break 2-0 up.
Porter came out in the 2nd half determined to get back into the game and Dinnington having lost Daniel Burke to injury just before half time looked to defend their lead. But Dinnington couldn’t get the ball out of their own half and it was no surprise when Porter got a goal back but it took something special to beat Matt Kriel in goal with a looping shot into the top corner, 1-2.
Another dangerous cross from Porter was played into the box and evaded everyone and the Porter striker looked destined to equalise but his header was superbly kept out on the line by Matt Kriel and scrambled clear by Jack Littlewood but he could do nothing about the equaliser following another well struck shot from the left to level the scores with the hosts rocking, 2-2.
Dinnington responded positively to the set back and Rowan Hill sent Declan Stevens clean through on goal but he was given offside. Owen Williamson laid the ball off to Declan Stevens in a similar position but he shot straight at the goalkeeper as the clock ticked down.
With extra time looming it took a moment of quality to win the game for Dinnington as the ball was played into the box and bounced up where Owen Williamson reacted first to power a header past the goalkeeper with less than 2 minutes remaining and there was no way back for Porter FC, final score 3-2.
Scorers; Declan Stevens, Louis Hellewell, Owen Williamson
Assists; Louis Hellewell
Man of match; Matt Kriel