McK­e­own’s late show earns Stones a point

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Sport -

WEALD­STONE left it late against Dart­ford in Na­tional League South to draw 1-1 thanks to a goal from sub­sti­tute Eion McK­e­own.

The dra­matic strike, two min­utes into stop­page time, can­celled out El­liot Brad­brook’s opener for the vis­i­tors.

It was clear Bobby Wilkinson wanted the Stones to press from the front, en­cour­ag­ing work­horse David Pratt to do just that. How­ever, the game lacked clear-cut chances in the first quar­ter with a lack of cre­ativ­ity by ei­ther side.

Sud­denly, Weald­stone sprang into life and in the 31st minute some great in­di­vid­ual work from Danny Green on the edge of the box saw his shot rat­tle the near post.

It only took two min­utes for the Stones to hit the wood­work again, Ra­marni Med­ford-Smith latch­ing on to Jef­frey Mon­akana’s low cross, but he smacked the cross­bar.

Green was the chief cre­ator for Stones, but Dart­ford took the lead when a cor­ner was whipped in from the right by Ben Green­halgh deep to­wards the back post as Brad­brook rose high­est and headed into the net.

Weald­stone kept bat­tling to the end in search of a lev­eller and the ball fi­nally fell to McK­e­own who curled a con­trolled fin­ish first time across Darts’ keeper Bai­ley Vose and into the back of the net.

Weald­stone slipped alarm­ingly from the play-off pic­ture as 2018 came to a close and they are cur­rently 12th, seven points off sev­enth spot.

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