Hayes and Yeading United FC were one of the two Middlesex FA affiliated clubs involved in the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday last. They hosted Sutton United at their superb SKYex Community Stadium and County photographer, Chris Benn went along to capture the event.
This is the third consecutive season that United have reached this stage of the competition. They are the first step 3 club to perform this commendable achievement. This season they have defeated Bognor Regis Town (4-3), Tonbridge Angels (5-0), Whitehawk (3-2), all at home and Dorking Wanderers (on penalties after drawing 2-2 in a home replay).
Sutton United’s FA Cup exploits are legend but it is interesting to note that this was their first FA Cup game as a Football League Club.
The visitors triumphed in a tight but interesting match with a single goal, scored in the 71st minute. There were relatively few goal chances and the result could easily have gone the other way.
The opening stages were tentative and almost exclusively confined to midfield. The first threat to the home goal came in the 21st minute, when Isaac Olaofe headed David Ajiboye’s cross too high.
Hayes and Yeading defence clear a Sutton corner
Then Hayes custodian, Tyla Dickinson comfortably saved Joe Kizzi’s header.Sutton captain, Rob Milsom, was cautioned in the 37th minute, following an accumulation of fouls.
Tyla Dickinson saves Joe Kizzi's header
Easily the best save of the match came from Tyla Dickinson in the 37th minute, when he tipped Isaac Olaofe’s drive over his cross bar, following neat approach work by David Ajiboye and Omar Bugiel.
The save of the match by Tyla Dickinson
Hayes produced some promising moves as the interval approached. Moses Emmanuel headed a long free kick by Tyler Goodrham narrowly wide but was adjudged offside anyway. Then a penetrating run by Francis Amartey ended with his shot being turned around the post for a corner.
Moses Emmanuel causes concern in the Sutton defence
Score at half time: Hayes & Yeading United 0 Sutton United 0
A well worked Hayes move in the 55th minute, involving Francis Amartey and Hassan Jalloh, finished with Moses Emmanuel firing narrowly wide. Hayes then saw out a spell of Sutton pressure, containing several dangerous corners.
Another save by Tyla Dickinson
Tyler Goodrham won the ball and tested Sutton keeper, Dean Bouzanis, who pushed his high shot for a corner. Francis Amartey had a shot charged down and at the other end, David Ajiboye skimmed the home cross bar.
An aerial duel in the home goal mouth
The goal which decided the match was fired home by Will Randall in the 71st minute, following a weaving run by recently introduced substitute, Donovan Wilson.
The winning goal scored by Sutton's Will Randall (out of picture to the left)
The closest that Hayes came to equalising was a header from Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, which flew narrowly wide.
Donovan Wilson was released by David Ajiboye but was stopped by a great block by Hayes captain, Liam McDevitt. Then Tyla Dickinson beat David Ajiboye to Rob Milsom’s dangerous free kick.
The game petered out, after 4 minutes of added time, with the visitors playing “keep ball” by the corner flag.
Final Score: Hayes & Yeading United 0 Sutton United 1
Hayes & Yeading United: Tyla Dickinson, Keano Robinson, Jack Connors (Jordan Norville-Williams 46 min), Amos Nasha (Omar Rowe 69), Liam McDevitt (capt), Ben Frempah, Sanmi Odelusi, Hassan Jalloh (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick 80), Moses Emmanuel, Francis Amartey and Tyler Goodrham.
Manager: Paul Hughes.
Sutton United: Dean Bouzanis, Ben Wyatt, Coby Rowe, Ben Goodliffe, David Ajiboye, Omar Bugiel (Tobi Sho-Silva 81 min), Will Randall (Enzio Boldewijn 90+3), Isaac Olaofe (Donovan Wilson 68), Joe Kizzi, Rob Milsom (capt) and Ali Smith.
Manager: Matt Gray
Referee: Sam Allison Assistant Referees: Stephen Brown and Christopher Kidd. Fourth Official: Thomas Bishop.
The other Middlesex affiliated club engaged in this round, Harrow Borough acquitted themselves very well against League One (and two-time FA Cup winners), Portsmouth at Fratton Park. They also lost by the only goal of their match, scored in the 28th minute by Marcus Harness.
As ever we would like to thank our Photographer, Chris Benn, and Reporter, Jim Taylor who went down to the SkyEx Stadium for this tie.
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