United progress despite cup scare

PUBLISHED: 11:56 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Bethnal Green United survived a second-half scare to reach the semi-finals of the Premier Division Cup at Kodak Harrow and move a step closer to becoming the first team to retain the trophy

Bethnal Green United survived a second-half scare to reach the semi-finals of the Premier Division Cup at Kodak Harrow on Saturday and move a step closer to becoming the first team to retain the trophy.

The Middlesex County League club, who lifted the cup at Yeading's The Warren ground last season, appeared to be cruising into the last four of the competition when goals from Nathan Mulgrave and new signing Marlon Campbell gave them a two-goal half-time lead.

But Harrow's rough tactics and a series of bewildering

refereeing decisions saw United lose their composure after the break and the home side threatened to force extra-time before Alfred Kamara struck late on to secure the triumph.

Bethnal Green boss Justin Gardner said: "We got through, but we made hard work of it. We were totally in control at half-time but we lost our way in the second half and on another day we could have been punished."

Debutant Campbell and strike partner Amos Foweya both caught the eye in the opening stages, testing the Harrow goalkeeper with well-struck efforts.

Foweya continued to trouble the Harrow defence and the forward's sharp pass created the opening goal for Mulgrave, who fired home from an acute angle.

Campbell, who had earlier seen a goalbound effort cleared off the line, doubled the lead 10 minutes before the break with a low shot into the left corner.

But United were unable to build on their first-half display and Harrow's Jay Richards scored with a lobbed effort 12 minutes from time before Kamara crowned a man-of-the-match display by restoring United's two-goal lead from Marlon Boateng's pass.

"It was a great performance from Alfred," said United assistant boss Junior Dwyer. "He dominated the midfield."

Bethnal Green United face Hayes Gate at Mile End Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

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