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Report: Whyteleafe 2-1 Corinthian Casuals

Whyteleafe and Corinthian Casuals squared up again on Tuesday evening for the FA Cup First Qualifying Round replay following the goal-less draw on Saturday afternoon.

The general consensus was that The Leafe were unlucky not to have come away with the victory against our Bostik Premier opponents. There was added zest to Tuesday evening following the Second Qualifying Round draw on Monday lunchtime handing the winners of this tie a mouth-watering away trip to Vanarama South side, St Albans City FC.

A healthy attendance settled down to see if The Leafe could finish the job and we started well, playing the kind of possession football that we’ve been accustomed to under Harry Hudson.

However, Casuals also came looking to win and got a bit of early success down their left-hand side and almost went ahead from a corner in the 30th winner when a solid header hit the underside of the bar but bounced away and out of danger.

They did take the lead in the 43rdminute however when striker, Daniel Cunningham converted a penalty and almost went two ahead on the stroke of half time when a free kick on the edge of the penalty box drew a superb save from Leafe keeper Tyler McCarthy.

Hudson made one change at half time when new dad, Lauris Chin, returned from injury replacing Marvin Armstrong and made an immediate impression. He certainly looked lively, right from the re-start.

Leafe controlled the game in the second period and Casuals never really looked like troubling McCarthy’s goal. There seemed to a growing belief among the Whyteleafe fans that it was only a matter of time.

So it proved in the 61stminute when Eddie Dsane scored from the penalty spot, admirable because of the delay he had waiting to take the penalty and also after he’d blasted his last spot kick high over the bar against Horsham (he had already scored a penalty earlier in that game though). No doubts this time however, as he sent Comins, the Casuals keeper, the wrong way. One all. Game very much back on.

Now, the words ‘prolific goal scorer’ is often bandied around about in football, but on the quiet, Leafe fans believe they might just have got their man, in Eddie Dsane. You could almost feel the belief grow within the crowd among the home fans and it wasn’t long before the Casuals defence was very much hanging on again just like Saturday, in fact.

Dsane, Chin, Carnegie and Hector were causing the Casuals back line a mountain of problems and with ten minutes to go they were looking tired and a few weary, last-ditch tackles led to a string of free kicks in Leafe’s favour.

Casuals brought a large contingent of fans with them, who for the majority of the game kept up a barrage of noise in support of their team, plus brought with them perhaps the largest collection of flags seen at Church Road in many a season!

Not to be outdone, the Leafe faithful were in fine voice and they were praised after the game by Harry Hudson, for the way they lifted the team.

With extra time approaching it was Leafe doing all the attacking and even when the Casuals did get out of their half the ball just kept coming back at them. A great run by Chin bursting into the box saw him brought down from behind and although it looked inside the box, the referee gave a free kick right on the edge.

That man Dsane stepped up placing a low shot into the bottom left hand corner of the Casuals net and, yep, I’ve always wanted to say this: ‘The crowd went wild’! That was in the 90thminute and we just had to see the game out …

We ended up with about ten minutes of injury time after an un-savoury mass brawl, but we won’t let that deflect from our own little bit of FA Cup giant-killing as the referee finally blew his whistle in the 100th minute, but not before the Casuals left-back had scythed down Dan Hector and got himself sent off.

Leafe had seen off a Bostik Prem side, much to the delight of the Whyteleafe fans, who now get ready for a trip around the M25 to Hertfordshire and a date on Saturday, September 22 against St Albans City …

Giving his reaction to the victory, manager Harry Hudson said: “Absolutely fantastic for the club to get through and we can now look forward to the St Albans game. In my opinion, over two legs, we deserved the victory and I am really pleased for the fans that we managed to win.”

WHYTELEAFE LINE-UP: 1 Tyler McCarthy, 2 Bradley Wilson, 3 Matt O’Donoghue (sub 12 Ricardo Thompson 73’), 4 Nathan Campbell (Captain), 5 Helge Orome, 6 Corey Holder, 7 Harrison Carnegie, 8 Bentley Graham, 9 Eddie Dsane (sub 16 Oli Milton 93’) 10, Dan Hector, 11 Marvin Armstrong (sub. 19 Lauris Chin 46’)

Subs Not Used: 14 Matthew Weller, 15 Gus Lukini, 17 Adam Aziz, 18 Bradley Kauzeni

 Next Match: Bostik League South – Away to Sittingbourne – Saturday, September 15 3pm

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