Dynamo snatch last gasp win
An injury time winner saw Loughborough Dynamo snatch a 2-1 at home to Peterborough Sports on Tuesday night, to move up to sixth place in the Evo-Stik League South.
Substitute Sam Thorpe scored the winning goal with the last kick of the game to extend Dynamo’s unbeaten run to four matches.
However, the home side had to win the hard way after a strong Peterborough team deservedly took the lead through winger Joshua Morman, following a goalkeeping howler with 75 minutes on the clock.
Despite struggling to create chances, Dynamo clawed their way back into the game when Karl Demidh converted an 89th minute penalty, before Thorpe’s winner five minutes later secured all three points.
After a bright start from Dynamo, in which they dominated possession but failed to create any chances of note, Peterborough began to grow into the game and looked to counter attack at every opportunity.
The first chance of the game came in the 15th minute when a long ball over the top sent Mark Jones through on goal, but the Peterborough striker’s shot was deflected over the bar by Dynamo defender Jack Andrews. From the resultant corner Jones headed wide when unmarked at the near post.
Five minutes later, the away side again failed to test the goalkeeper, this time when winger Joshua McCammon beat his marker and crossed to Jordan MacLeod, who put his volley over the bar.
Moreman and Jones both went close again before Dynamo created their first real chance of the game. After picking the ball up on the right wing Demidh beat his man and flashed a low cross across the goal. However fellow forward Edilson Antonio could not stretch enough to turn the ball home from two yards out.
As the first half drew to a close, centre back Carl Sibson failed to get his head on another dangerous cross from Demidh with the goal at his mercy, before Demidh himself was denied by Peterborough goalkeeper Aaron Butcher following a wonderful through ball from Antonio.
The away side started the second half brightly, with Moreman, Jones and MacLeod looking to hit Dynamo on the break.
In the 64th minute the away side almost got their reward for their attacking threat, when a corner from midfielder Dan Lawlor was met at the back post, only to be hooked off the line by full-back Luke Thorogood.
But Peterborough did not have to wait long to get a deserved lead. Goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen came to collect a routine cross, but dropped the ball at the feat of Moreman, who gratefully accepted the gift to smash the loose ball into the roof of the unguarded Loughborough net.
With the home side failing to create any chances, Peter Ward turned to his bench for inspiration, having already brought on Ash Hodgkinson, the Dynamo manager introduced Luke Smithson and Sam Thorpe in the final ten minutes. And the substitutes made the difference.
With just one minute of normal time remaining, Hodgkinson was brought down in the area by Lawlor to concede an unnecessary penalty. Demidh stepped up confidently to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and slot his penalty into the bottom corner.
While Dynamo were fortunate to get an equaliser, their winner was extremely harsh on Peterborough, who had been the better side for much of the game.
With four minutes of injury time played, Demidh worked himself some space on the right and delivered a cross which made its way to Thorpe at the far post. The striker was under pressure from his marker, but still managed to squeeze his shot past the goalkeeper’s despairing dive to secure a fortunate three points for the home side.