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1st Team - Match centre

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North Greenford United
Full time
K Bishop (68'), N Asamoah (90')
Sat 22 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Southern - Division 1 Central Attendance 52

Fifth time lucky as Ware pick up three points for the first time.

Bishop and Asamoah strikes go unanswered to end a barren spell for the Blues.

When Nana Asamoah ran to high-five supporters in the disappointingly sparse crowd four minutes into added time at the end of this game it was in relief after he had just scored Ware's second goal. A first victory was assured and the monkey on Ware's back had been removed.

That said there was little else for the Blues to take from a dour struggle. Ware have played much better than this and lost. Maybe it was the heat that reduced both sides to some pretty ordinary football. It couldn't have been the pitch which was in excellent condition and really didn't get the response from the players it deserved.

Ware did have their moments though with a cross from Paul Cooper deserving more than it got, Kieran Bishop inches from making contact with another cross with just the 'keeper to beat and Khale Dacosta blasting high and wide from inside the six yard area.

In the second half Anthony Thomas was on the end of yet another cross and, having missed a chance in the first period, connected this time but put his header just inches over the bar. That was the signal for Rod Young to come on in a bid to liven up the front runners, he played well but it was a day when nothing seemed to gel for the team.

That said DaCosta set up Murat Karagul three minutes after the substitution but the midfielder hit the excellent opportunity wide and it seemed that Ware were destined to play out a draw.

But fortune smiled on them after 68 minutes when Ricardo Diniz in the home goal failed to deal properly with a high ball and it fell beyond him at the feet of Kieran Bishop. It was an open goal and even in this season of missed chances wasn't going to be spurned by last campaign's top scorer.

United upped their tempo after this but could only get the better of the Ware defence once when a close range effort was sent over the bar. Tempers became unnecessarily frayed in the closing minutes and the referee produced a number of yellow cards as both teams sweated to find or prevent a break through. In the end Asamoah sealed it with a shot from the left that eluded Diniz's hand and found the bottom of the net.

Goals aside no player made a real impact in this dour struggle though Ben Crilley's calmness in defence caught the eye.

There's a good piece about the game on the Greenford website here.

Ware: Jack Smith; Jack Fowler, Alaa Oujdi, Jamie Smith (Nana Asamoah 60 mins), Ben Crilley, Ajet Shehu, Paul Cooper, Murat Karagul (Kazim Bishop 83 mins), Kieran Bishop, Khale Dacosta, Anthony Thomas (Rod Young 52 mins). Unused subs: Charlie Ledula, Danny Charles.

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Ajet Shehu

Player of the Match

Ajet Shehu

Key moments

45:00 +45:00
Goal Nana Asamoah scores for Ware
Goal Kieran Bishop scores for Ware
Replay game

As it happened

  • North Greenford United
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Nana Asamoah Goal 45:00 +45:00'
  • Rod Young Sub On 52:00'
  • Anthony Thomas Sub Off 52:00'
  • Nana Asamoah Sub On 60:00'
  • Jamie Smith Sub Off 60:00'
  • Kieran Bishop Goal 68:00'
  • Kazim Bishop Sub On 83:00'
  • Murat Karagul Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Smith, Jack Smith, Jack
Fowler, Jack Fowler, Jack
Oujdi, Alaa Oujdi, Alaa
Bishop, Kieran Bishop, Kieran
Smith, Jamie Smith, Jamie
Crilley, Ben Crilley, Ben
Shehu, Ajet Shehu, Ajet
Karagul, Murat Karagul, Murat
Dacosta, Khale Dacosta, Khale
Thomas, Anthony Thomas, Anthony
Cooper, Paul Cooper, Paul

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Beaconsfield SYCOB 42 67
10. Godalming Town 42 67
11. Ware 42 63
12. Potters Bar Town 42 58
13. Petersfield Town 42 55
14. Bedford Town 42 49
15. Uxbridge 42 48

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