December 11 2013 Latest news:
by Oli Harbord
Sunday, October 27, 2013
FA Cup fourth qualifying round: Hornchurch 0 Hereford United 1
Hornchurch’s FA Cup campaign came to a disappointing end after a Josh O’Keefe injury-time goal gave Hereford a 1-0 win at Bridge Avenue.
The Urchins were forced to play the majority of the second half with only 10 men after captain Elliot Styles saw a straight red for a two-footed challenge.
The first half had few chances with the best going to Hereford within 10 minutes as Bulls’ Eric Odihambo saw a fierce shot from the edge of the box well saved by Inigo Echepare.
Hornchurch started to settle into the game and enjoyed much more of the possession but were unable to really threaten Bulls goalkeeper Rhys Evans.
The closest they came was through George Purcell’s 35th minute effort.
Stefan Payne won the ball in midfield before releasing Purcell down the right, who cut inside but Evans easily gathered his left-footed shot.
Echepare was forced into action again as Hereford forward Michael Rankine latched onto a through ball but was unable to guide the ball past the Urchins keeper.
The match then became an uphill struggle for the Urchins when Styles was sent off five minutes into the second half.
Referee Ian Cooper had no hesitation in reaching for his red card after Styles’ rash two-footed challenge on Chris Bush.
And Hereford almost made the most of the numerical advantage but Rickie Hayles made an acrobatic clearance off the line, after the ball bounced around the box from a corner.
Hornchurch’s best chance of the second half once again fell to Purcell after he latched onto a Payne header but the striker failed to get a decent conection on his shot and the ball trickled through to Evans.
The game began to open up and Echepare made another smart save, getting down to push substitute Chris Sharps’ low shot around his near post.
But the battling Urchins looked as if they had done enough to earn a replay but two minutes into injury time they suffered the hammer blow.
The ball broke down the right with some good interplay between Rankine and Dan Walker and the cross came in low for O’Keefe to tap past Echepare.
Jimmy McFarlane’s side came so close to an equaliser though Payne with the last kick of the game, but he was unable to control his volley after a Joey May through ball.
The Urchins move on and host Bowers & Pitsea on Tuesday night in the Essex Senior Cup, before travelling to Lowestoft on Saturday to play their first league game in almost a month.
Hornchurch: Echepare, Starkey, Bentley, Hayles, Styles, Curley, Bremner (Bourne 77), May, Payne, Purcell (Rook 83), Spencer.
Unused substitutes: Coyne, Lechmere, Eyong.
Hereford United: Evans, Leadbittter, Bush, McDonald (Collins 39), Graham, Purdie, Artus, O’Keefe, Rankine, Brown (Sharp 57), Odhiambo (Walker 76).
Unused substitutes: Edwards, Gwynne, Krans, Lloyd-Wilson.
Michael Dawson is looking forward to facing Arsenal after Tottenham were drawn against the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup.