The FA Cup - First Round
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Haringey Borough 0-1 AFC Wimbledon: League One side score last-minute winner

League One AFC Wimbledon avoided an FA Cup first-round upset as a last-minute deflected goal gave them victory at non-league Haringey Borough.

In a match shown live on BBC TV, the visitors secured the win when Mitchell Pinnock's shot hit David Olufemi and beat goalkeeper Valery Pajetat.

Pajetat had produced a number of fine saves to keep his team in the match.

But Haringey, 18th in the Isthmian League Premier Division, were unable to score late on to force a replay.

"I'm so proud of everyone... unbelievable... wow," Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou told BBC Two.

"We were under the cosh for a lot of the game but I thought they scored against the run of play. They have the privilege of training four or five times a week.

"Our bunch of players are great. Our fans are fantastic. Two years ago we had 40 supporters. Nine years ago we had two fans, and one died. I'm going to give all my players a hug and a kiss - they are all fantastic."

Defeat was cruel on the hosts, but a five-match run in the competition has earned them more than £150,000 and secured their future.

Mark Kirby
Haringey Borough defender Mark Kirby, who works as a school teacher, shows his disappointment at his side's late loss

In front of an expected club record attendance of more than 2,500, the north London side thought they had won a first-half penalty when Charley Barker went to ground under a challenge from Tom Soares, but the referee waved away their protests.

Haringey's Joe Staunton had the ball in the net in the second half but the goal was ruled out as he was offside.

But the Dons had the better chances - Pinnock's free-kick hitting the top of the bar, Ben Purrington having a shot well saved by Pajetat, and Joe Pigott heading narrowly off target before Pinnock's late winner.

Before the game, Dons boss Neal Ardley said he expected to be sacked if his side lost against a side 89 places below them in the football pyramid.

"You come into these games on a hiding to nothing," he said after the match. "People expect you to put four or five past them and it took that stroke of luck to get that win.

"People said to me you should beat them, but you knew they would have 30% more in the cup and these conditions. Our boys knew we couldn't lose as they would get battered if they did."

Line-ups

Haringey Borough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pajetat
  • 2OlufemiBooked at 54mins
  • 4Richards
  • 5Kirby
  • 3O'Donoghue
  • 18StoneSubstituted forRoweat 86'minutes
  • 17Staunton
  • 12BarkerSubstituted forMcDonaldat 76'minutes
  • 8ArestiSubstituted forDjessi-Sambuat 53'minutes
  • 10Nouble
  • 20Ademiluyi

Substitutes

  • 6Mitchell
  • 7McKenzie
  • 11McDonald
  • 13Byfield
  • 14Djessi-Sambu
  • 15Rowe
  • 19Edwards

Wimbledon

Formation 4-3-3

  • 24McDonnell
  • 20Sibbick
  • 6Thomas
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 3Purrington
  • 7WagstaffSubstituted forJervisat 68'minutes
  • 8HartiganSubstituted forWordsworthat 59'minutes
  • 19Soares
  • 11Pinnock
  • 39Pigott
  • 9Appiah

Substitutes

  • 1King
  • 2Watson
  • 10Jervis
  • 12Garratt
  • 14Trotter
  • 32Burey
  • 40Wordsworth
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
2,710

Match Stats

Home TeamHaringey BoroughAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home4
Away20
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Haringey Borough 0, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Haringey Borough 0, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  3. Post update

    Adedeji Oshilaja (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Ademiluyi (Haringey Borough).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).

  6. Post update

    Joel Nouble (Haringey Borough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Haringey Borough 0, AFC Wimbledon 1. Mitchell Pinnock (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jorge Djessi-Sambu.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Haringey Borough. Coby Rowe replaces Lionel Stone.

  10. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Valery Pajetat.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Soares (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mitchell Pinnock (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Pigott.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mitchell Pinnock (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Tom Soares (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jorge Djessi-Sambu (Haringey Borough).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).

  17. Post update

    Mark Kirby (Haringey Borough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mitchell Pinnock (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Soares.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toby Sibbick (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Haringey Borough. Anthony McDonald replaces Charley Barker.