Looking at the league table, Leatherhead could have a big say in who wins the league and who gets in the play offs. They have 2 or 3 games in hand on all the current play off teams above them, so could easily reach the play offs, and their next 3 games are at home where they have a not so good record. One of the home games being the rearranged Dulwich game of course.
Decent game of football. Dulwich the better fooballing side, Concord fitter and stronger as the game went on. Ellis Green showed consistently throughout the game what we only ever saw in brief flashes when he played for us, probably the best player on the pitch.
I didn't stay for the second period of extra time so didn't see the winning goal. To be honest the game had pretty much petered out by the end of the first period with both teams looking knackered.
Very good show from the Dulwich fans who pretty much made The Gallagher their own for the night. Must have felt like a home game for them.
I stood with the Dulwich fans last night. as Dave said, a decent game of football and it was Concord's ability to keep going that won through in the end. Dulwich struggled to get their passing game going properly. One other little bonus for us was that Dulwich had their right back sent off at the end.
Warm Regards from the Darling of the Messageboards who has seen a verifiable 190 different teams play at home.
I agree with Dave U. Dulwich played a very good passing game, from the keeper to the front. It broke down on occasions, but there was no hoofing until the last few minutes. It was Hickie who was sent off - he seemed a very angry man throughout the match! A point of interest was DH's first goal, which the Concord keeper protested long and hard, claiming the ball never entered the net, as it came out via the side netting. NWS probably had a better view, as I was in the Town End.
One of the best games and best atmospheres at our ground this season. I generally agree with the comments above. Dulwich started stronger but Concord woke up towards the end of the first half and I thought that Concord looked the better team overall, but only just. Dulwich's first goal went about a foot inside the post but the Concord 'keeper seemed to think it had gone wide, opening himself up to an evening of verbal abuse from the self-styled "Pink and Blue Army", who were in fine voice throughout. I particularly liked their assertion that "the 'keeper is a tic-tac" referring to the colours worn by said goalkeeper. The Concord fans, by contrast, were pretty quiet until the second period of extra time. The teams were just as much of a contrast as the fans, with Dulwich playing a fast passing game while Concord were much more direct and physical, although no less effective. The winning goal for Concord resulted from a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area near the goal-line that I and those around me by the dugouts thought was given after the Concord player dived.
From our point of view, the extra time and the red card for the Dulwich player are probably good for us. Last night's game showed that Dulwich shouldn't have anything to fear if they are promoted, and if we've taken 4 points from them this season, neither should we.
Please do not feed the forum trolls (particularly the one named NWS).
A point of interest was DH's first goal, which the Concord keeper protested long and hard, claiming the ball never entered the net, as it came out via the side netting. NWS probably had a better view, as I was in the Town End.
I was next to the dugouts, bang in line with the shot. It went as straight as a bullet right into the top corner. The keeper's reaction was completely inexplicable and the I have never seen anyone get as much stick from the opposition fans, fully deserved of course.
I thought last nights game was a very decent and entertaining game! Two good sides who play football! A handful of decent goals too! Think in the end concord were just a little bit more stronger for dulwich! Thought it was a decent final that was hosted well! Good to see enough stones down there too!
This is an interesting extract from the report on the Concord Rangers website (no team list though) -
"The final itself made history, as the two competing teams were to face off at the new Gallaghers Stadium, home to Maidstone United FC of the Ryman League Division 1 South. Therefor it became the first ever Cup Final in England to be contested on a 3G playing surface. A lot was made of this monumental decision prior to the showpiece but on the night, I believe the pitch played beautifully and allowed two excellent football teams to showcase their talents to great effect."