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Loughborough Dynamo
Sheffield FC
Sat 23 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Full time Attendance 106

Late Equaliser

A Louis Keenan goal two minutes into time added on gave Dynamo a deserved share of the points.

Dynamo started brightly, Jared Holmes curling a shot just wide on 10 minutes and 3 minutes later Karl Demidh broke down the right and picked out Louis Keenan on the corner of the area. He clipped a cross to the far post to Josh Riley who coolly headed the ball back across goal to Alastair Smith seven out, but he shot directly at the keeper, Louis Jones, and hit the rebound over the bar.

There was a lot of endeavour from both sides but neither keeper was troubled until the twenty third minute,.

There looked to be no danger when Robert Worrall received the ball miles from goal but weaved his way past several defenders and clipped the ball past Charlie Taylor to put the visitors a goal up.

Dynamo were stunned but did not yield and the game continued with neither side dominating and there were no further goals up to half time.

There was a substitution at half time, but it was assistant referee! C Hunter, the appointed official was injured and Ian Stanbridge answered the call and took over the flag for the second half.

Soon after the delayed kick-off Karl Demidh struck the far post with his shot after taking a good pass from Smith. Demidh struck the wall with a free kick as Dynamo applied pressure and on fifty four minutes a free kick from Louis Keenan caused panic in the visitors’ defence and it took three good defensive blocks before the danger was cleared. .

Though chances were few after this scramble, it became a fascinating game. Dynamo introduced Ash Hodgkinson up front for Luke Smithson as they tried to get the goal.

Sheffield defended deep, and with bags of determination. Paolo Piliero came closest with a vicious dipping shot which skimmed over the bar on eighty minutes. He was replaced three minutes later by Edilson Antonio and Dynamo also replaced Josh Riley with Sam Thorpe as they went for the goal.

Sheffield were dangerous on the break but Tyler Williams shot straight at Taylor as he broke clear on 43 minutes. Another brilliant save by visitors’ keeper Jones thwarted another Dynamo chance and four minutes extra time was added.

A corner to Dynamo in the ninety second minute ,felt like their last chance. Demidh took it and Louis Keenan met it with a thundering header at the far post for the equaliser , neither side were able to change the result in the remaining minute!

It was perhaps harsh for the visitors, but neither side deserved to lose and deserve credit for taking the game to the wire and for Dynamo, they had shown that there is a resilience in their side which sees them battle to the end. (even without the manager!)

Report by Frank Fall

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Peterborough Sports 42 51
13. Spalding United 42 50
14. Loughborough Dynamo 42 49
15. Sheffield FC 42 45
16. Belper Town 42 45
17. Gresley FC 42 43
18. Kidsgrove Athletic 42 42

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