10 Man Borough Keep The Hern at Bay
By Luke Simpson
Borough Win After Resilient Showing
Herne Bay FC 1-2 Greenwich Borough FC
On a Warm Summers Day, away to Herne Bay , it was a brace from Teshaun-Tyreece Walters (TT) that would seal Greenwich Boroughs first win of the season.
Borough handed 2 debuts this afternoon, firstly to 18-year-old Goalkeeper Tom McGill (on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion FC) and 18-year-old Liam Garlinge (Nigel James Elite Coaching). Borough also welcomed back Ryan king-Elliot from injury(ankle) and TT (illness).
It only took the borough 36 seconds to take the lead. From kick off they retained possession and a ball through from Connor Peters to Andrew Sesay, who beat his marking to get a cross in, which took a deflection and the ball looped over the Herne Bay goalkeeper and TT was there at the back post to leap above the opposing defender to put Borough ahead and claim his 3rd goal of the season (1st league goal). 5 minutes later the game was at a tie. With Herne Bay playing some good combination play down the left hand-side, their left winger put in a good cross for Herne Bay forward to head home from close range with a glancing header. The Borough continued to dominate in possession and were having plenty of joy on the right-hand side, with TT causing all sorts problems for the Herne Bay left back. His trickery and skill are what made his second goal of the game. King – Elliot (playing in a more central role today), found TT with a pass out wide, he then cut inside and just inside the 18-yard box unleashed a shot with found the top corner and left the bay keep with no chance. 2-1 the Borough. TT again getting much joy was clearly bought down in the box, but the ref waved the decision away. Herne Bay created and a chance close to half time with McGill making an outstanding double save to keep Boroughs lead. It was on the 40th Minute there was a turn of events. Andrew Sesay was bundled over a Hern Bay defender and when getting up the referee Appeared to see the Borough winger kick out. Sesay was issued a straight red card and Borough were down to 10 men. They managed to keep their lead until half time.
This was the second time this season Borough found themselves down to 10 men. Herne Bay saw a lot more of the ball in the second half as they piled the pressure on 10 men Borough. Phil brown and Solomon Taiwo were key to Borough second half defensive display. Despite having less possession in the second half Laurent Mendy, substitutes De’Juane Taylor Crossdale and Timileyin Toluwanile had great chances to take a 3-1 one lead but were unlucky to some good Herne Bay defending. 5 minutes were added extra time and Borough were still working hard but were tiring. The drama wasn’t over, as we were already over the extra time added and as Borough lost possession on the half way line and Herne Bay charged forward, playing a ball through to their winger who was bought down in the box and the ref gave bay a 96th minute penalty.
The Herne Bay midfielder stepped up and was denied by McGill who got down low to his right and made an outstanding save. Herne Bay had enough time to take the corner, Borough managed to regain possession and then the referee blew his whistle for full time.
It was a massive 3 points for the Borough who undeservedly went down to 10 men. They showed great character and determination to get the result they deserved. Borough return to action on Saturday 15th September when they face a home fixture to Guernsey.