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Report: Harriers held in Darlo draw

Late goals snatch win from Harriers….



TWO late goals from Darlington at Aggborough saw the spoils shared in a dramatic 3-3 draw.

After Andre Brown and James McQuilkin put the reds in control, Darlington struck back in the final seconds of the first half through an own goal.

Harriers did re-establish a two-goal lead as Elton Ngwatala curled home – a lead they should have added further two before the late drama.

The Quakers made it 3-2 with a header from their first chance of half, before Tyrone Williams saw red.

With just two minutes left, a corner saw Darlington equalise to make it 3-3.

In having a goal disallowed at what would have been 4-1, Harriers were in total control for much of the afternoon.

After doing some solid defending, Brown’s fine finish from Pearson’s cross took the ball beyond the Darlington goalkeeper, Ngwatala almost making it two with a near-post finish.

McQuilkin’s goal for 2-0 was a stylish team effort, with Ironside denied by a desperate block second later as Harriers pushed for more.

In the dying seconds of the half, a rare Darlington foray forward saw the ball turned into his own net by the helpless Taylor to give the visitors hope, but Harriers were 3-1 up soon after Ngwatala found room inside the area before bending the ball into the back of the net.

The following seven minutes alone saw Harriers dominate; a well-worked free-kick move saw Horsfall finish smartly only to see the flag raised for offside, before McQuilkin struck wide and a storming counter saw Croasdale sweep the ball into Brown who could only direct a finish off target.

A pivotal 15-minute period then followed and saw the game snatched away from Harriers – Galbraith heading in a cross after a by-line cross, before a coming together of players saw Williams shown a straight red card for his part in an altercation Saunders.

Then, with just two minutes left of normal time, a corner was curled into the mix where the head of Syers was waiting to meet it as he directed it beyond Hall and the defence.

Both teams pushed for a winner but it was Harriers undoubtedly feeling like two points had been dropped come the final whistle.

As ever, pick up the key match details at The Match Centre.

 


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