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Match Report: Dulwich Hamlet 0-1 Brentford B

Bees into London Cup Final

12 February 2019

Brentford B made it into the Final of the London Senior Cup after beating Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 at Champion Hill.

Jan Zamburek scored the only goal of the game in the second half after Fredrik Hammar had one bounce off the line in the early stages. Michael Onovwigun hit the post in the first half in what turned out to be the best chance for the home side.

The game started at quite a pace with Brentford forcing two chances in the opening minutes. The first fell to Theo Archibald at the far post after a ball in from the right. He controlled the ball and fired it low only for keeper Simon Jorgensen to knock it away with his feet.

From the corner, the ball in came to debutant Hammar who nodded it off the crossbar. The ball bounced down and looked like it had maybe crossed over, but referee Lee Brennan waved play on.

Hammar was then at the other end to clear away a corner after Patrik Gunnarsson hadn't got a clean punch on the ball quarter of an hour in.

A few minutes later, Kolbeinn Finnsson had an effort blocked on the edge of the box. Cole Dasilva had crossed the ball from the right, finding his teammate at the end of a quick counter-attack.

The fullback was then the hero at the other end when Jay Rich-Baghuelou nodded down a corner in the middle of the box. It evaded Gunnarsson but there was Dasilva to clear it off the line. 

With 23 minutes gone, goalkeeper Jorgensen came rushing out of his box to head away a long ball forward. Joe Hardy collected it, turned and fired back towards goal. Even with a flick from Jayden Onen it missed the target and went out for a goal-kick.

Dasilva nearly caught Jorgensen out with a low shot through a crowd of players. The giant keeper managed to collect it at the second time of asking after the ball had squirmed out of his grasp.

With half an hour gone, Gunnarsson did well to parry what looked like a certain goal away from danger. Decarrey Sheriff had burst clear between Jonny Mitchell and Jarvis Edobor, only for the Icelandic keeper to stand strong one-on-one.

Dulwich hit the post after 37 minutes. Michael Onovwigun showed great skill and composure to dance his way beyond three players into the box. He slipped the ball beyond Gunnarsson but it came back off the left post and Mitchell smashed it clear. 

Dulwich ended the half on top of things, Nathan Ferguson the last man to take aim blasting a shot well over the crossbar from distance.

After the break, it took a while for the teams to get going. Dulwich had already made a change in the first half when they used their second to bring on Dominic Vose. 

Hammar could have broken the deadlock after Onen found him in space from a corner. The shot was saved down low by Jorgensen. Onen picked up a yellow card immediately after for blocking the keeper's attempted drop-kick.

Just after an hour, Zamburek netted the winning goal. Hardy flicked the ball over the top of the Dulwich defence, with Zamburek onside the Czech maestro took the ball down. He then cut inside to the left and drilled the ball at goal with his left foot. It took a deflection off a defender on its way through and found the net beyond Jorgensen. A great way to celebrate the eve of your 18th birthday.

Only four minutes later it really should have been two. Onen burst down the left beyond Jorgensen, who had come racing out but missed the ball allowing Onen a free run. The midfielder squared it for Hardy with the goal gaping, but the striker waited and tried to go around Jorgensen again. Much to the keeper's delight, he was able to smother the ball and gather it in.

With quarter of an hour to go, Dulwich thought they had levelled things. A whipped cross from Nathan Mavila on the left found the feet of Nyren Clunis in the box. It cannoned off his foot but fizzed inches wide of the post with Gunnarsson rooted to the spot. Fans behind the goal threw their hands over their heads but soon realised it had been wasted.

After 86 minutes, Hardy tried a difficult lob over Jorgensen from inside the box. He showed good awareness to get the ball beyond the 6ft10 goalie, but the ball dropped wide of the target.

The final chance of the game fell to the hosts. Gunnarsson showed great judgement to jump back across his goal to stop a header creeping in at his near post.

The final whistle confirmed Brentford B's place in the London Senior Cup Final against either Harrow Borough or Welling United. While Hamlet missed out on their twelfth final appearance, it's the first time The Bees have made it to the final since they won it in 1898.

Dulwich Hamlet: Jorgensen; Toure (sub Cook 39), Essuman, Rich-Baghuelou, Mavila; Taylor, Onovwigun (sub Vose 52), Ferguson; Sheriff, Pryce (sub Thompson 70), Clunis

Subs (not used): Splatt, Chambers

Brentford B: Gunnarsson; Dasilva, Mitchell, Edobor, Archibald; Coote (sub Oksanen 68), Onen (sub Johansson 81), Zamburek; Hammar (sub Mogensen 60), Hardy, Finnsson

Subs (not used): Andersson, Kirk

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