Hayes & Yeading fell to a sixth consecutive Ryman Youth League defeat on Monday evening as the home side failed to break down a solid Harrow Borough defence while conceding two quick fire goals in five second half minutes.
United started quickly and in just the third minute Borough keeper Racalay Mason was forced to touch an in-swinging Ryan Simpson corner over his crossbar. The follow-up corner kick was partially cleared to Cameron Gilmartin who hit a shot that George Moore cleared off the line.
While this early action looked like a prelude to things to come, it was in fact totally the opposite as the game quickly became a midfield battle with neither side really getting close to scoring until after the half hour mark when Simpson played the ball inside to Umar Mansaray who was wide of the target from fully 25 yards.
Minutes later luck favoured the home side when a back pass to Luke Daley saw the United keeper strike his clearance against Emile Collins but luckily for the United man the ball came back to him and he was able to punt clear.
Six minutes before the break a ball upfield to United top scorer George Isaac saw him win a footrace against three defenders only to screw his shot across the face of goal, this being the last chance of a rather mundane first period.
Action wise the second half was a little better and United were quickly on the attack as Cyrus Longdon-Hughes headed the ball forwards into his own run and fired an angled drive that just cleared the Harrow goal.
Just before the hour mark, Leo Cunningham latched onto a cleared Simpson corner, just missing the target from 30 yards, and then within a minute the visitors broke the deadlock with their first real chance of the half as a corner dropped to the feet of substitute Poju Adesilu and he hooked the ball past Daley.
Simpson’s dead ball kick’s were proving to be United’s biggest threat and just three minutes after going behind Gilmartin rose highest to a Simpson corner but could not keep his effort down. Two minutes later a mix up in the United defence saw Daniel Tomlin through on goal and he coolly slid the ball under Daley who despite getting a touch could not stop Tomlin chasing down and tapping home Borough’s second.
United created very little after going behind, the closest seeing Nicke Kabamba bring down a Callum Chickah cross, only for his shot to be blocked wide by a covering defender.
Seven minutes from time Borough could have scored a third when Tomlin ran at the United defence, cut in from the right and hit an angled shot that Daley did well to palm away and Ashley Parker was on hand to clear the danger.
Report by Kevin Watts. Photos by Ray Peploe.
United Man of the Match: Cyrus Longdon-Hughes.