CAREW'S CRACKER LIGHTS UP CHAMPION HILL
Skills and thrills a-plenty as Dulwich win of the battle of last two Division One South champions
DULWICH HAMLET 3 PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE 1
Clunis (37), Carew (77), Neita (84) El Abd (90+3)
Half Time 1-0
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Ryman League - Premier Division
Tuesday evening's game here against Peacehaven & Telscombe was a marvellous advert for the Ryman League. The skill and passing movement of both sides was a treat to watch and although we won 3-1, our newly promoted opponents did enough to Indicate they will do well at the higher level. There were two changes to our side from the eleven that started at Leiston last Saturday. Kevin James returned for Kershaney Samuels, suffering the after-effects of concussion, whilst Xavier Vidal replaced Jordan Hibbert.
It was an end-to-end encounter for much of the game. The first chance fell to Peacehaven, in the third minute, when Tom Burton directed a close range header straight at Phil Wilson. We retaliated and Laurent Hamici forced a full-length save from Anthony Di Bernardo. But the Sussex side were soon back on the attack and Josh Jones unleashed a fierce drive from the edge of the box which brought a splendid save from Phil Wilson, who flung himself to his left to push the ball to safety. Later, Ashley Carew curled an excellent free kick into the goalmouth, but none of our players attacked the ball and the chance went begging. Xavier Vidal then hit a terrific shot on the run from 25 yards, but it was too dose to the 'keeper. We took the lead in the 37th minute. Marlon Patterson crossed from the left, and although Laurent Hamici's firm header was brilliantly parried by the diving Di Bernardo, the ball ran loose to Nyren Clunis who guided it into the empty net. Shortly afterwards, Laurent Hamici robbed the Peacehaven 'keeper outside the box on the left near the corner flag, but after moving inside he saw his shot blocked by a retreating defender. The score remained 1-0 at half time.
The pace did not slacken after the interval and although we enjoyed more of the play, the Sussex side were often dangerous on the break. We might have had a penalty early in this period when a driven cross from Marlon Patterson appeared to strike a Peacehaven defender's arm, but the referee waved aside our appeals. Ashley Carew went close with a left-footed shot from 20 yards, and Xavier Vidal went even closer from further out with a fearsome strike that swerved outside the far post with the 'keeper well beaten. In between these efforts, a chance fell to Peacehaven's Steve Metcalf but he drove wide from 10 yards. Later, Nyren Clunis was pipped to the ball by a defender after Di Bernardo spilt a low cross from Laurent Hamici, whilst at the other end Phil Wilson was swiftly off his line to deny Burton when he got clear in the inside-left channel. Then, in the 77th minute, we went 2-0 ahead. Abdul Mansaray was upended about 30 yards from goal after bursting through on the right and Ashley Carew curled the most sublime of free kicks over the wall and into the top comer. Shortly afterwards Phil Wilson made a fingertip save from James Fraser, but on 84 minutes we grabbed a third goal. Nigel Neita was the scorer, with a deflected shot from the edge of the box after another pacey run by Abdul Mansaray. Peacehaven were finally rewarded for their efforts with a consolation goal deep into stoppage time, when Sami El Abd headed in a left wing cross from Josh Jones.
Dulwich Hamlet: 1 Phil Wilson; 2 Michael Kamara, 3 Marlon Patterson, 4 Ashley Carew, 5 Terrell Forbes (Capt.), 6 Ethan Pinnock, 7 Nyren Clunis, 8 Kevin James, 9 Laurent Hamici, 10 Dean McDonald, 11 Xavier Vidal.
Subs used - 14 Jordan Hibbert (for Vidal 69), 15 Nigel Neita (for Hamici 78), 17 Abdul Mansaray (for Clunis 69).
Subs not used - 12 Lewis Gonsalves, 16 Emiliano Hysi.
Yellow Cards - Hamici, Carew. Red Cards - None
[Ed's Hamlet Man of the Match - Ashley Carew}
Peacehaven & Telscombe: 1 Anthony Di Bemardo; 2 Steve Metcalf, 3 Mark Knee, 4 James Fraser, 15 Ash Jones (Capt.), 6 Sami El Abd, 7 Tom Lawley, 8 Lloyd Cotton, 9 Maxime Agnoly, 10 Tom Burton, 11 Josh Jones.
Subs used - 5 Callum Saunders (for Lawley 78), 14 James Hammond (for Cotton 78), 16 Charlie Pitcher (for Burton 78).
Subs not used - 12 Jon Marzetti, 17 Joe Walker.
Yellow Cards - Cotton, A. Jones Red Cards - None
Report reproduced from the match day programme courtesy of John Lawrence