Kamara spot on in cup triumph
PUBLISHED: 16:23 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010
Bethnal Grn Utd 0, London United 0 (1-1 after extra-time, Bethnal Green win 6-5 on penalties) ALFRED KAMARA smashed home a sudden-death spot-kick to send Bethnal Green United into the third round of the Middlesex County Senior Open Cup on Saturday after
Bethnal Grn Utd 0, London United 0
(1-1 after extra-time, Bethnal Green win 6-5 on penalties)
ALFRED KAMARA smashed home a sudden-death spot-kick to send Bethnal Green United into the third round of the Middlesex County Senior Open Cup on Saturday after a dramatic 6-5 penalty shootout win over London United.
Kamara held his nerve to convert from 18 yards after Bethnal Green had passed up three opportunities to win the game from the spot following a series of outstanding saves from goalkeeper Ashley King.
But United manager Justin Gardner admitted that his team were most indebted to Ajibola Olatunbosun, whose header in the dying stages of extra-time prevented Bethnal Green from crashing to defeat.
Despite creating numerous chances during the first 90 minutes, Bethnal Green were unable to find a breakthrough and looked to be heading for a second-round exit when Bobo Bokole fired London United in front during extra-time.
But Olatunbosun headed home Shane Joseph's knock-back to send the game to penalties before Kamara stepped up to seal the victory.
"We got there in the end but if it had been a boxing match, they would have stopped it at half-time," said Gardner.
"I don't think they got into our half for the first 45 minutes and we had shot after shot but just couldn't score."
Ricky Field was denied at least five times by the inspired London United goalkeeper, including a stunning save in the second half from a blistering far-post volley.
Kamara had put the ball in the net during the first half but his effort was disallowed by a dubious off-side decision, while Field, Kadir Jama and Jake Davey all squandered chances.
Those misses looked costly when London United took a shock lead but Olatunbosun levelled in dramatic style before Kamara sealed the outcome from the spot with United's ninth penalty after Field, Davey and captain Daniel Carins had all fluffed penalties to clinch the victory.
Bethnal Green visit Broadfields United on Saturday (3pm). See www.bethnalgreenunitedfc.co.uk for details.