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Dulwich Hamlet
Grays Athletic
Tue 13 Sep 19:45 - The Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas 16-17 Full time Attendance 374

Dulwich Down Blues

Blues bowed out of the Alan Turvey Trophy at Champion Hill writes The Mariner

This game was virtually over within the first ten minutes as Hamlet netted twice to give Blues a mountain to climb.

Straight from the kick off Dulwich took the game to their hosts using their wide men Clunis and ex Blue Roman Michael Percil who were given too much space allowing them to whip in some dangerous crosses.By now Blues were chasing shadows as Dulwich played some pacy one touch football bypassing the visitors midfield.

In another attack Clunis whipped in low cross that was only partially cleared the ball finding the unmarked Kargbo who unleashed an unstoppable 35 yarder into the top corner of Kharshiladze's goal after just 5 minutes.

Blues were finding it difficult to get a foothold in the game when they did get possession they were quickly shut down and the ball was lost the same problem was to lead to Hamlet's second in the tenth minute.

Clunis was causing Simon Mensah real problems down Blues right, he lost possession the ball was quickly played across the Blues area the ball was intercepted but then a careless pass allowed Teniola a clear sight of goal and he gave Kharshiladze no chance slotting into the bottom corner.

Dulwich continued to pile on the pressure and in a rare break Etienne Kabobola had an opportunity to reduce the deficit ,put through by Lheureux Menga he screwed his shot horrible wide of ex Blue Preston Edwards goal.

At the other end Blues goal continued to come under increasing pressure.Clunis fired in another dangerous cross which just eluded the onrushing Carew.Centre back Drage was allowed to run 40 yards unchallenged,Clunis then had a drive saved and it wasn't until the 35th minute that Blues had their first shot on goal.

In the dying moments of the half jake Hutchings did well to clear off the line after Green rode three tackles and fired in a drive.

HT 0-2

Harry Watkins replaced Aaron Wickham at the break as Jamie Stuart looked to freshen up the midfield and try to get something from the game.

The half continued with Dulwich again asking all the questions,Percil was causing real problems getting to the byeline and sending in some searching crosses.

It wasn't long before Dulwich added to their tally,they won a free kick on the edge of Blues area, Kharshiladze failed to hold on to Daniel's kick pushing the ball out to Clunis who made no mistake crashing home the rebound on 52 minutes.

Jamie Mascoll then had a good run and cross claimed by Edwards,Blues for the first time began to enjoy a period of possession with Cole and Tayshan Hayden-Smith seeing more of the ball but were finding it difficult to break down the Dulwich back four.

Percil went close firing just wide and then Clunis brought a save from Kharshiladze.Dulwich again cranked up the pressure and in the 80th minute they got their fourth.Kharshiladze could only palm out a Green effort straight to Carew who had the simple task to fire home.

Dulwich had a golden opportunity to add a fifth after good work by Tomlin but Clunis missed the target with Kharshiladze stranded.

A disappointing night for Blues going out of the cup at an early stage,they now have seven day break until they travel to Needham Market next Tuesday.


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