- Gnahoua's hits a wonder strike
- Harriers lead at half-time
- 1-0 after a tense night in Chorley
- All to play for on Sunday
A FINE Arthur Gnahoua goal ensured Harriers took a 1-0 advantage to Aggborough for Sunday’s play-off semi-final second leg thanks to an impressive performance.
In front of a packed crowd at Victory Park, Harriers flew out of the traps and kept Chorley on their toes at every moment as they looked to do everything they could to force an early mistake from the home side.
Clear-cut chances in the half were few and far between – probably one good one apiece – but Andre Brown did have an early sniff of an opening with a dozen on the clock as he watched the ball down invitingly before firing it over the bar on the turn.
On 19 minutes Chorley had their woodwork to thank for Harriers being kept at bay. As a delightful ball was lofted into the area, defender Jordan Tunnicliffe stooped to meet it with a looping header that beat the dive of goalkeeper Branagan only to clip the bar.
That served to wake the hosts a little and come the half-hour it was the turn of Sam Hornby to get busy – an expertly-taken free-kick from Blakeman rising over the wall and, with Hornby’s help, was diverted around the post.
The start to the second half was every bit as quiet to start as the first but, as we approached the hour, things again started to heat up.
Ironside was again in amongst the point of the attack and after he was played in by Brown, he turned on the ball and held it up before shooting, Branagan on hand to somehow make the block.
Barely a couple of minutes later Harriers were closer still, an effort coming through a crowd of bodies low and hard before being hooked off the line by a covering defender; Ironside’s follow-up then blocked.
It was all tense, very tense, and just as it looked like deadlock would prevail on the night with a little over a quarter-hour left, we had a little bit of Arthur Ganhoua magic to change things; he went on the charge and saw the shot as the best option, rifling one right into the top corner of the net to the delight of the Harriers fans.
While that was by far the biggest talking point of the half and one of very few key chances, it wasn’t the end of the drama.
Deep, deep into into injury time, Chorley worked another long throw-in into the box and the ball eventually fell to the feet of Whitham who volleyed at goal, seeing his effort flash just wide.
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