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Sat 05
Dulwich Hamlet
1st XI
Wembley Dream Over As Borough Bow Out

Wembley Dream Over As Borough Bow Out

By Anthony Scott
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Eastbourne Borough's FA Cup run was brought to an end as two penalties helped Dulwich Hamlet prevail 3-0 at Champion Hill

Whilst it was a much improved performance from the defeat to Chelmsford City, Eastbourne Borough were still dealt defeat at Dulwich Hamlet in the Third Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Two second half penalties from Ade Yusuff helped hosts Dulwich to a 3-0 win, after Richard Orlu opened the scoring early on.

But the Sports were not without their chances, with the woodwork and goal-line clearances denying them at least a goal to show for their efforts.

Borough started well, but fell behind after just eight minutes. Jack Connors whipped in a free-kick from the right and after David Ijaha's effort was blocked, the loose ball fell to Orlu who from close range bundled the ball past Tom Hadler.

Lee Bradbury's side responded well to going a goal down, and should have drawn level when Elliott Romain cut inside from the right and his low ball across found Nick Wheeler but from close range he was thwarted by Charlie Grainger. Mike West put in the resulting corner, but Ian Gayle's glancing header went wide of the far corner.

Hamlet were guilty of missing a great chance to double their lead just before the half hour though, when Yussuf beat Manny Adebowale before squaring the ball across to an unmarked Nyren Clunis but from 12 yards he blazed well over the top.

Romain looked to be causing the home defence problems, as he broke forward on the counter attack the striker beat both Orlu and Christian Smith but when through on goal he dragged his effort wide of the far post.

Borough were still pressing forwards in the second half and ten minutes went even closer to drawing level. West's free-kick into the area ran to Romain at the far post, who lifted the ball back in to Jesse Debrah, but his low drive was hooked off the line by Quade Taylor with Grainger stranded.

But after Hadler did well to save from Taylor, the Sports would fall two goals behind midway through the second period. Romain made a rash challenge as Borough looked to try and get the ball clear, and Yusuff sent Hadler the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Despite that, Borough kept going at their hosts with James Ferry firing just off target before West's corner from the left picked out Romain, whose bullet header came back off the bar before Adebowale's effort from the rebound was cleared off the line.

It just wasn't to be for the Sports, and they were dealt a further blow in added time when Adebowale was harshly judged to have tripped Yusuff in the area. The Hamlet forward stepped up and produced the same result of his first spot kick to make it 3-0.

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Sat 05, Oct 2019