Harling exit cup after late goal blow

UEA 4, East Harling 3

A great game for the neutral saw Harling throw away a two-goal lead and go out of the League Cup after extra time away at UEA.

After weathering early pressure Harling settled and deserved to get the lead on 40 minutes. A Mark Dolman free kick was fumbled by the home keeper and Chris Bray tapped the ball home.

Early in the second half a Dolman corner was headed in by Ben Chase. A couple of substitutions seemed to slow Harling and the home team scored two quick goals to send the tie into extra time. Harling had chances but UEA went 3-2 up in extra time then Paul Mielzek equalised for Harling.

As the game looked to be heading for penalties a quick break and a great strike by a home forward sealed the tie.

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A frustrating day for Harling who still showed a desire and ability that must soon see a change in fortune. Next up Fakenham Reserves away in the Norfolk Junior Cup.

Meanwhile, East Harling Reserves lost 6-2 at home to Reepham Reserves.

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The scoreline barely reflects a good performance against a strong Reepham side who play a division above. Darren Goodley put Harling ahead after five minutes but that was short-lived as Reepham piled on the pressure. They were 5-1 up at the break.

Soon in the second half it was 6-1 but the home side dug deep and had plenty of possession. A few chances went begging before Stuart Scott scored with a great free-kick into the top corner.

A good second-half effort from which the team can take many positives. Next up Martham Reserves at home.

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