A late penalty meant that Carshalton Athletic went home from Chatham with a 2-1 win when the game had seemed likely to end as a draw.
Chatham made a bright start to the game. Good work by Josh Jackson set up a Jerald Aboagye cross with just four minutes played, and then five minutes later it was Luke Medley’s cross which gave Junior Kaffo a shooting chance.
But at the other end, Carshalton hit the post 12 minutes in. Four minutes later they took the lead when Price’s cross/shot went straight into the net, and they had a good chance to double that lead within five minutes. Korboa’s header was on target, but was well saved by Alex Hyde in the Chatham goal.
Five minutes before half time, Ryan Flack’s cross won Chatham a corner – and although it was cleared, the Carshalton defence didn’t seem entirely comfortable defending corners. Chatham won a succession of further corners in the last minutes of the first half and early in the second, and one of them led to the equaliser five minutes into the second half.
This particular corner found Medley eight yards from goal, and his fierce volley gave the goalkeeper no chance.
Carshalton missed badly on the hour when no one got a foot to a pass across the face of goal, while moments later Flack showed his skills to break through the Carshalton defence, only to run out of room before he could shoot.
The next twenty minutes were fairly quiet, but during that time no fewer than three Chatham players hobbled off the pitch and had to be substituted.
Jackson broke from midfield eight minutes from time, and took the ball into the penalty area only to shoot wide, but a minute later came the game’s decisive moment. A clash just inside the penalty area saw a player from each team go to ground, and the referee’s determination was to award Carshalton a penalty.
Korboa duly scored from the spot to put Carshalton ahead once again.
Four minutes later, and Jackson was brought to ground inside the Carshalton area – but this time the referee decided that no foul had been committed.
The final whistle blew after six minutes of added time to give Carshalton the points, but there was little to choose between the two teams and Chatham could so easily have taken a draw from the game.
|Alex Hyde (GK)|