Mon 26 Dec 16
at 16:45 PM
Report: Harriers held at City
HARRIERS dominated the Boxing Day Worcestershire derby but could not find a way past a Worcester City defence in a 0-0 draw that saw both teams finish with ten men.
The reds entered the fray in front of a mass of their own fans who’d made the short journey and it was they who were making the noise early on.
Harriers made the early running and looked far the more threatening of the two sides but, in truth, chances in the first period of the game were few and far between.
McQuilkin had one on three minutes as his drive was held by Ethan Ross in the home goal, before Elton Ngwatala struck the woodwork with a lot six minutes further on.
While it took longer for City to edge into the game, once they did they produced two strong openings of their own – after Cieron Keane had lifted a free-kick over the bar, Lee Hughes drew a strong save from Sam Hornby, past the half hour, as he shot on the angle after being played in inside the area.
Hughes then supplied the danger, five minutes before the break, when he and Murphy combined to pull the back back in front of a near-empty net to Junior English who could only screw his shot wide with Hornby looking to get back at him.
Immediately after the restart, Hornby was the busier goalkeeper. A well-placed free-kick saw Keane again line-up, and his low delivery needed an excellent pair of hands to force it around the foot of the post.
City had done their defending well but, ten minutes into the half they were caught out by a breakaway – when McQuilkin skipped past Oji at speed, the Worcester man went in late and was flashed a red card by the referee, the hosts reduced to ten.
Ryan Croasdale was next up to try his luck with 72 on the clock but in truth his effort from distance just wasn’t a threat for Ross who was able to watch it.
Little did the midfielder know that this would be his final contribution to the game – he was given his marching orders for a foul six minutes later that resulted in his second yellow of the game.
Harriers went close as we edged towards the death – A Knights shot set up an almighty scramble in the area before, in the final minute, Ross held on to a McQuilkin free-kick.