Late Winner Continues Dynamo's Winning Run
Loughborough Dynamo’s battle against relegation, which sprung to life early this month, continued at Gresley FC on Easter Monday, courtesy of a ninety-second minute winner.
Gresley were the first to threaten when Thomas Manship’s shot direct from a free kick drew a fine save from Dynamo goalkeeper Scott Wardley. Gresley followed this up in the fourteenth minute when veteran forward Jon Stevenson, who played in the Premier League for Leicester City when Mickey Adams was Manager, picked up a loose ball and drew an outstanding save from Wardley high to the goalkeeper’s right.
Dynamo’s first threat on goal followed a free kick awarded to the visitors, Ezekial Agyemang picking up the loose ball and shooting just over.
In the twenty-eighth minute Karl Demidh cut in from the Dynamo right and saw his shot parried up and away by home goalkeeper James Flinders. The ball eventually found its way back to Demidh, who saw his shot hit the side netting of the Gresley goal. Two minutes later Dynamo left back Louis Keenan saw his left foot shot from a free kick go just over the Gresley crossbar.
Within sixty seconds Dynamo threatened the Gresley goal again, Agyemang’s right foot shot swerving just wide of Flinders left hand post. Former Dynamo forward Leandro Browne was next to threaten for Gresley, and his jabbed right foot drew a good save by Wardley.
As half time approached both sides came close to scoring. In the forty-second minute Browne drove a low ball across the Dynamo goalmouth which was cleared for a corner, from which the ball bobbled around the penalty area. A Gresley forward went down inside the area following a tackle, but referee Gareth Hubbard waived away Gresley appeals for a penalty.
The forty-fifth minute saw Dynamo centre back Carl Sibson hit a cross shot just wide after a Dynamo corner. In the second minute of added time Agyemang hit a fine shot from outside the Gresley penalty area, Flinders producing an outstanding save and turned the ball onto the crossbar and away, ensuring the first half remained goal less.
Five minutes after the restart Reece Morris broke clear on the Dynamo left and Wardley to block the Gresley number 8’s shot. Three minutes later Flinders dropped Demidh’s centre under pressure from Dynamo’s Ash Hodgkinson, the ball being put out for a corner which Gresley cleared.
Stevenson was substituted by Joshua Dutton after sixty-three minutes, and Dutton soon got involved in the action when he picked the ball up in the Dynamo penalty area, but was crowded out and the ball was cleared for a throw in which was eventually collected by Wardley.
In the seventieth minute Agyemang saw his shot blocked for a corner, from which Gresley went down the pitch and a good ball in from Browne was glanced wide by Dutton.
The match then settled into a midfield encounter, but the eightieth minute saw a shot direct from a free kick by Keenan from which Flinders producing an outstanding save and, for the second time in the match, turned the ball onto the Gresley crossbar. Sibson was on hand to hook the ball goalwards from an angle, the Dynamo defender frustrated at seeing his shot go wide.
In the closing stages of the game it was the visitors threatening to break the stalemate. In the eighty-sixth minute a good move between Jack Beckett and Keenan set up Agyemang for a header which went wide from an angle. The final minute of added time saw Keenan’s free kick from near the home penalty area go just over the bar.
The game entered four minutes of added time level, but that all changed in the ninety-second minute. Another Dynamo free kick from close to the Gresley penalty area saw a fine shot from Demidh elude the Gresley wall and beat Flinders low to his right hand to give Dynamo the lead.
The four minutes of added time eventually ran to six, but the Dynamo defence held firm to ensure three valuable league points.