Ten Man Town Hold Dynamo to a Draw
Loughborough Dynamo's last home game of the season finished scoreless.
In a match which had an end of season feel to it, albeit that Newcastle Town needed points in their bid to avoid being sucked into a relegation dogfight, Loughborough Dynamo saw their last home game of the 2017-18 season finish in a 0-0 draw.
The first half of the game was very much an even affair. Dynamo’s Ash Hodgkinson saw his fourth minute diving header from a free kick go wide, followed by a low shot by Dan Gordon saved for a corner by Town goalkeeper Raajan Gill.
Town’s first threat on Dynamo’s goal came in the fifteenth minute when Dynamo goalkeeper Charlie Taylor punched a corner away for a second corner, Taylor then making a clean catch to thwart any danger.
The nineteenth minute saw a Dynamo break, the ball travelling to Paolo Piliero who saw his shot go straight at Gill. Two minutes a good ball driven into the Dynamo area from the Town left found Aaron Bott, but the ball hit the Town number 9 and bounced wide of the home goal.
In the twenty-ninth minute a long throw by Gordon found Louis Keenan, whose downward header was held by Gill. Four minutes later a move involving Jack Andrews and Piliero set up Karl Demidh, who saw his shot blocked.
As the match approached half time both sides threatened to open the scoring. A fine Dynamo move, starting with a throw out by Taylor, saw Tolani Omotola’s shot go wide of Gill’s right hand post. Then a good ball in from the Newcastle left found right back Sam Bradbury, who scuffed his shot straight at Taylor, ensuring the first half remained scoreless.
Things could have changed right at the start of the second half. Within sixty seconds of the restart Town Captain James Askey fouled Demidh inside the visitors’ penalty area. Referee Kenwyn Hughes ruled it a prevention of a goal scoring opportunity and sent Askey off. From the resulting penalty kick, which Demidh took, Gill produced a fine save to keep the scores level.
In the fifty-fifth minute Demidh tried his luck from a free kick some way out, his shot going over the Town bar. Three minutes later a run by Bott across the Dynamo area eventually saw his shot blocked.
In the seventieth minute a threatening high ball into the Town penalty area was well cleared with a punch by Gill, under pressure from Omotola. Three minutes later a Town break with a long ball found Bott one-on-one with Keenan, the Dynamo left back producing a fine tackle to clear the danger.
Luke Askey headed over the Dynamo bar in the seventy-seventh minute, following a corner, and two minutes later Piliero set up Andrews, who shot just over.
As the match entered its closing stages the extra man advantage started to show with Dynamo dominating possession. Demidh found Omotola, who shot on the turn just over the visitors’ bar. This was followed by a good move between Omotola and substitute Josh Riley, who tried to find Keenan, but Gill just beat him to the ball.
The final threat on either goal came in the eighty-fifth minute when Omotola got on the end of a centre from the Dynamo right, headed back across goal and found Andrews, the centre back’s header going straight at Gill.
Even with almost five minutes of added time, the match petered out to a 0-0 draw. Dynamo, with one more league match of the season to be played, have reached forty-six points, already twelve more than managed last season.