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Report: Late pen holds Harriers

Late drama at Aggborough…



A DRAMATIC late penalty saw Harriers held to a 2-2 draw at Aggborough by Spennymoor Town.

David Foley had put the visitors ahead early, but second half strikes from James McQuilkin and Andre Brown but Harriers in firm control.

That looked to be that, but in seven minutes of added time, James O’Connor was sent off in the award of a penalty that Joseph Tait dispatched.

By Harriers’ own high standards, were slow to start and were rocked by the opening goal – A Horsfall clearance deflected into the path of Foley who, aided a little by the wind, hooked it from 40 yards over his grasp and into the net.

The reds were not without their first half chances but, having seen Sonupe denied, they were indebted to a goal line clearance from Wright after a header looked to be heading in.

The second half was very much a different story. Horsfall, Sonupe and Taylor all went close before the Harriers full-back supplied great ammo for McQuilkin who swept home a fine finish two past the hour to level matters.

It was then an assault on the Moors goal; Ironside rattled the bar with a shot and Sonupe yet again was thwarted by a block on 68 minutes, Bradley also warming the goalkeeper’s hands.

Brown’s goal, a header just seconds after he’d stepped off the bench, put Harriers in front as the home side upped the pressure and tried to see out the game.

There would be late, late drama; O’Connor adjudged to have fouled his man in the area as he was shown a second yellow card and sent off – the subsequent penalty awarded and slotted away by the visiting skipper.

As always, catch all of today’s key match details in the Match Centre.


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