Ware 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 4
Ware fail to sustain early advantage as they bow out of the Herts Charity Cup.
A 2-0 lead after 15 minutes including yet another goal from Yannick Kamanan who has scored in each of his five appearances for the club seemed to have set Ware up for a good result against their National League South opponents. But it was not to be and two second half penalties sealed the win for Hemel after they had pulled themselves back to parity by half time.
In addition to Kamanan there were competitive debuts for Ahmed Abdulla plus Daniel Evodan and Sym Taylor both of whom came off the substitutes' bench. Ahmed Mohammed also came off the bench just before half time after Abdulla suffered an injury. It is hoped that he will have recovered before the next match which sees the league campaign start with the visit of Maldon & Tiptree on Saturday week.
Hemel started well in this game with Tom Coulton required to bring off the first of a number of good saves to stop Dave Moyo's low shot but after nine minutes Ware had the lead. Kamanan got in behind the visiting defence to fire in his own low shot which found the bottom corner of the net.
It was 2-0 six minutes later when Lee White scored his fifth goal for the club in typical fashion as he rose at the far post to meet a cross and directed his header into the goal.
But Hemel were trading blow for blow and continued to draw the best out of Coulton as they searched for a way back into the game. They found it just after the half hour when a low corner was met by Ed Asafu who scored from close range. It was all square four minutes later as more Hemel pressure brought a double save out of Coulton only for a second rebound to be buried by Joe Gardiner.
Coulton denied Jordan Parkes just before half time as the visitors continued to exert pressure but the Hemel man was not to be denied in the second half. Twice Anthony Furlonge was left with little option but to put in strong challenges as the visitors came forward again.
The first tackle earned him a yellow card and both brought penalties for Hemel. Parkes scored them with equal ease to give his team what proved to be an unassailable lead though there were occasions when, without good work by Coulton, it might have been more.
Ware didn't give up the fight however with one speculative effort by Josh Oyibo and then a good cross from Sym Taylor that Murat Karagul headed just wide before the final whistle. Hemel entertain Royston or Potters Bar in the semi-final. We wish them well.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Anthony Furlonge (Daniel Emovon 59mins), Lee White, Marcus Milner, Ahmed Abdulla (Ahmed Mohammed 45mins), Yannick Kamanan (Sym Taylor 72mins), Josh Oyibo, Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Warren Kayembe, Denzel Conteh.