FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round // Thursday 5 September 2019
A spirited second half performance wasn’t enough for ten man Maidstone United under 18s who lost 6-3 to Dulwich Hamlet at the Gallagher Stadium.
Breno Carmago got the first of a four goal haul within the opening five minutes for Hamlet, before Stones centre back Cameron Williams was sent off for a second bookable offence halfway through the first period.
The red card changed the complexion of the game and the away side took full advantage; Carmago scored two direct free kicks – the second of which was an absolute beauty which found the top corner – and Leon Thomas danced through the Stones backline on the stroke of half time to make it four.
The night looked increasingly ominous when Carmago got his fourth and final goal just after the break, but Jim Bodle and Brad Brooker’s side sparked into life in front of a healthy crowd which included first teamers George Elokobi, Lewis Knight, Ryan Johnson and Danny Divine.
Central defender Will Risdon was fouled inside the area and Perri Iandolo – brother of former Stone Ellis – made no mistake with a cheeky Panenka penalty to make it 1-5.
Maidstone winger Harry Bradford then scrambled home with twenty minutes to play, but despite spending the rest of the half on the front foot, the Stones could not further chip away at the deficit.
The away side then added a sixth on the counter in injury time through Keanan Allassani, and there was still time for Risdon to get on the scoresheet to ensure the game finished 3-6.
Maidstone United: Perri Iandolo (P) 52, Harry Bradbury 69, Will Risdon 90+9
Dulwich Hamlet: Breno Camero 4, 25, 32, 49, Leon Thomas 44, Keanan Allassani 90+4
Maidstone United: Charlie Wealands; Matt Morse, Cameron Williams (SO 23), Will Risdon, Toby Beechey; Jacob Gilbert, Callum Rollings (Jack Gibson 25), Perri Iandolo; Harry Bradford (Harry Byrne 83), Ollie Aston (Neil Spencer 60); Charlie Gill
Unused substitutes: Liam Northwood, Clinton Ogunsola