1st XI into Dunn Cup semi-finals thanks to Defty thunderbolt

26 Jan 2013

The OHAFC 1st XI reached the semi-finals of the Arthur Dunn Cup for the first time since 2007, the year they won the trophy, thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Old Foresters on the Harrow School astroturf.

In tricky conditions the home side made life difficult for themselves when they conceded an easily-avoidable goal after barely five minutes.

Harrow were second best for most of the first half as they struggled to adapt to the pitch, being used due to the Phil ground being frozen.

But they improved after the break and turned the tie on it's head in the space of five minutes thanks to a moment of good fortune and piece of great skill.

A ball over the top sent Ed Martins through on goal but he was crudely hacked down, leaving the referee little choice but to point to the spot. Lederman, who has an almost 100% success rate in all his years of taking Harrow penalties, stepped up and hit a horrendous effort, scuffing the ball tamely into the goalkeeper's midriff to the delight of the visitors.

But he, and everyone supporting the home side, was relieved when the referee ruled that the goalkeeper had advanced off his line prior to the ball being struck and ordered the kick to be re-taken. The second effort was better, into the opposite corner, to level the scores at 1-1.

With Forest fuming at the perceived injustice, their mood soured even further a few minutes later when an excellent Harrow break down the left resulted in Nick Defty being teeed up twenty-five yards out. The striker made no mistake, firing the ball like a tracer bullet into the bottom corner to give Harrow the advantage.

Despite a few nervy moments as Forest pressed in the closing stages, Harrow held on for a vital win that sees them through to the semi-finals and their season meaningfully prolonged.

Team lineup, match report and stats to follow shortly...