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Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Leiston

2 weeks ago By Liam Hickey

A tight match was decided by a 71st minute free kick from Ashley Carewas Dulwich booked their place in the Bostik League Play Off Final .

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This was a game as close as everybody expected with chances at a premium throughout,

Ibrahim Kargbo was the victim of a high kick as early as the second minute but returned to have an influential game for The Hamlet and came close to taking a seventh minute lead. An Ashley Carew free kick found the head of Marc Weatherstone, but Garnham pushed his shot on to the bar.

The first effort of note for Leiston came in the 11th minute when Ainsley let fly from distance but the ball comfortably cleared the bar, but from there the game became a battle of midfield with both defences not giving up any chances.

Dulwich were next to go close in the 25th minute when Nyren Clunis just failed to turn in a cross from Ashley Carew and Garnham spectacularly pushed over a free kick from Carew just past the half hour.

In the 36th minute it took a magnificent save from Amadou Tangara to keep out an effort from Lawrence and then the same player saw his effort charged down when he seemed certain to score.

Reise Allassani had an effort comfortably saved with another effort deflected for a corner, whilst Henderson fired wide with two minutes until half time.

Half Time 0-0

Leiston started the second half the brighter and could have made more of a couple of breaks that had the Dulwich defence stretched, particularly one from Henderson that resulted in a corner.

Matt Blake saw an effort kicked away from in front of the line in the 66th minute as Dulwich struggled to create any chances bar an effort from Gavin Tomlin that was comfortably saved.

However, in the 71st minute, a battling run by Nyren Clunis lead to a foul and Ashley Carew stepped up to send the free kick arrowing into the corner of the goal to bring delight to the fans banked behind the goal.

A quick break from Nyren Clunis then saw him release Allassani but his effort was blocked. as Dulwich looked to close the game out.

As the clock ran down, Leiston forced a number of set pieces but despite pushing everybody, including keeper Garnham, forward they failed to create any shots on Tangara's goal, as Dulwich booked a place in the final against Hendon.

Final Score 1-0

Updated 23:07 - 3 May 2018 by Liam Hickey

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