London Lions 2 - 4 Hadley Wood & Wingate
Hadley Wood take victory against Lions
Hadley Wood & Wingate picked up the three points today against rivals London Lions 4-2 on a game which Hadley Wood dominated due to an early sending off for London Lions.
The opening 15 minutes saw Hadley Wood have the better chances with Lewis Jones coming close with a chipped shot following a poor goal kick from Lions keeper Ruben Rabstein after just two minutes.
But the game changing moment came on 16 minutes after a long ball by Bradley Hewitt put Paris Mason one on one with Rabstein. Mason took a touch past the goalkeeper and with the goal at his mercy was brought down inside the area by Lions defender Nick Landesberg. The referee had no option but to send Landesberg off and Ben Andreos despatched the penalty with confidence sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
From that moment the majority of the first half was all Hadley Wood. On 20 minutes some lovely build up play sent Kyle Watson down the left wing. Watson got to the byline and put a low cross in towards Mason but the defender cut it out for a corner. The corner was taken short by Joe Killingback to Leon Fisher who put a low cross into David Laird's feet who turned and shot. The shot was blocked by a defender but fell to Lewis Jones who's shot was also blocked and then at the third Hadley Wood attempt the ball came to Mason who shot wide.
The first chance for 10 man Lions came just before the half an hour when Austin Lipman cut inside from the right hand side and pulled the ball back to the edge of the penalty area to Charlie Kasler who shot was inches wide.
Hadley Wood's second came on 32 minutes when Fisher played a defence splitting pass to Mason. With just the keeper to beat Mason tried to take the ball round the keeper instead of taking the shot and was forced wide towards the byline. With bodies filling the box, Mason turned and found Lewis Jones at the far post who slotted it into the net.
Four minutes later it was 3-0 with the extra man counting for Hadley Wood & Wingate. Joe Foley broke down the left wing and crossed the ball to David Laird. Laird side-stepped his defender and powerfully placed the ball to the goalkeeper's right hand side and into the bottom corner.
Just before half time London Lions were given a life line when a long ball from the right hand side of the pitch found Josh Kennet on the left wing. Kennet beat his full back and crossed to Max Kyte to head into net giving Ross Weinrabe no chance.
The second half started like much of the first half with Hadley Wood & Wingate dominating both possession and chances and it did not take long for the scoreline to read 4-1. David Laird grabbed his second on 50 minutes when collecting the ball on the edge of the box and shifting it to his left before his low shot once again found the keeper's bottom right hand corner.
Midway through the second half London Lions pulled a goal back again on the counter attack. After some quick forward passing the ball found Max Kyte on the right of the penalty box and his powerful shot took a slight deflection off of Bradley Hewitt to make it 4-2.
London Lions did not create many more chances for the remainder of the game but Hadley Wood had chances to increase their lead, firstly through substitute Coskun Grantham who chip over the goalkeeper hit the underside of the bar and bounced on the line and away from goal with Grantham appealing to the officials that it had crossed the line. Then with less than 10 minutes remaining the cross bar was rattled once again by Hadley Wood & Wingate when a short corner by another substitute Cameron Lyttle was taken short to Leon Fisher who's cross-cum-shot deceived everyone including the Lions goalkeeper and hit the bar.
Final score London Lions 2 - 4 Hadley Wood & Wingate.