Blues beaten in the league for the first time since September 1st
A day to forget for both the Blues and the match officials...
A top of the table game spoiled by referee Cresswell who became the story rather than the football. Met started well enough until the 12th minute when a glaring defensive error allowed the ball to reach Kearney standing 2 yards out to tap in for the easiestgoal he will ever score. This setback spurred the Met who were clearly the better side and scored twice in 5 minutes through Jack Mazzone and Johnathon Hippolyte to lead 2-1. In between the goals Ollie Robinson had been ridiculously booked for deliberate hand ball when a clearance in the Harrow penalty area was driven straight at him from 3 or 4 yards. The consequence of this decision dealt a match defining blow for the Met on 40 minutes when Robinson received a further yellow for his part in a wrestling match with Kearney who went unpunished albeit Harrow captain Moss was booked for intervening by pulling Robinson out of the tussle in an aggressive manner.
Emerging with a 2-1 lead after half time but with only 10 men the Met were pulled back after only 2 minutes as Kearney turned cleverly in the box to score again. But on 50 minutes Met were in front again when a delightful interchange of passes between Ollie Knight and Mazzone saw Mazzone slot home for 3-2. On 70 minutes a double substitution for Harrow saw the start of an intense period of pressure on the Met. A series of corners ensued during which Kearney constantly obstructed and fouled Met keeper Williams all of which went unpunished. The game was finally settled in Harrow’s favour with goals from O’Connor on 84 minutes and an offside Kearney on 94 minutes with virtually the last kick of the game.