Fairway hit seven as Hatfield Sports lose to S&N after extra time
PUBLISHED: 12:07 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009
HATFIELD Sports took holders S&N Fairway to extra-time in a 12-goal thriller in the WHSFL President s Cup on Sunday. In an even first period, it was Premier Division leaders S&N who had a 1-0 advantage over their Division Two rivals at half-time. Neither
HATFIELD Sports took holders S&N Fairway to extra-time in a 12-goal thriller in the WHSFL President's Cup on Sunday.
In an even first period, it was Premier Division leaders S&N who had a 1-0 advantage over their Division Two rivals at half-time.
Neither side made any changes during the break and the second half started to go much the same way as the first.
That was until the Fairway broke away and made it 2-0.
Sports reacted positively and Rod Thorpe played an excellent ball down the line to Dan Hedges.
He turned inside the last defender before firing low into the corner of the net.
Sports were the more positive side now and looked to level.
From a Daniel Anderson corner on the left there was a bit of ping-pong in the box before Elliot Pateman grabbed the equaliser.
S&N had no reply and Sports continued to pour forward.
Dan Smith drove forward through midfield and found the impressive Hedges outside the box.
He took one touch before curling his shot wide of the keeper to give Sports a 3-2 lead.
Continually pressing forward, Hatfield Sports left gaps at the back and were undone by a fast break by S&N to level at 3-3. Fairway then quickly made it 4-3.
With time running out, Sports went looking for the equaliser to take the game into extra time.
Graeme Cocker brought the ball out from the back and took it wide before crossing into the box.
The ball dropped to Anderson, who turned the defender and shot home from close in.
Both teams had a further chance to nick it before the referee's whistle brought a thrilling 90 minutes to a close.
Extra time started and as the players got their second wind, it was Sports who gained the upper hand.
Toby Hooton ran down the right before cutting inside where he found Hedges to complete his hat-trick from just inside the box.
Sports wanted more and went forward looking for another but when the move broke down, S&N again levelled.
With extra time nearly up, Fairway grabbed a couple more to eventually go through 7-5 against an impressive Sports outfit.
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