Kiely hat-trick destroys Dulwich

Slough Town

Slough Town

James (32), Kiely (38, 53, 73), White (79)
Dulwich Hamlet

Dulwich Hamlet

Denton (18)
League Micky Kiely
SLOUGH Town produced a scintillating display of lethal finishing to destroy Dulwich Hamlet and romp to their most convincing Berger Isthmian League, Premier Division victory at Wexham Park on Saturday.

And once again the Rebels' hero was leading scorer Mick Kiely, who bagged a superb hat trick to take his season's tally to 24 goals - and maintain Slough's four point lead at the top.

But it was not just a one man show - this was a fine team performance by Slough with Kiely's main striking partner Eggie James also looking razor sharp in front of goal.

Without a win in their last seven league matches, Dulwich shocked the home side when Mark Denton fired them into an 18th minute lead when his shot from 20 yards beat Richard Teale and went in the right hand corner of the net.

But Rebels' manager Laurie Churchill has always emphasised this season that his side owe a lot of their success to the way they battle back from difficult situations. And once again they proved this point - producing one of their finest displays of attacking football this term to completely rip apart Dulwich.

With 32 minutes gone Pat Morrissey found Vic Akers on the left, and the full back's cross found an unmarked James who slotted the ball past Engin Salih, Dulwich's 18-year-old reserve goalkeeper.

Three minutes later Kiely picked up a poor goal kick by Engin and a fine weaving run ended with a powerful shot striking the crossbar. James then headed the rebound over a desperate Engin, but Denton was on hand to clear off the line.

However, the Rebels did not have to wait long for a second goal, and when it came it was quite superbly executed. Micky O'Sullivan sent James away on the right, his cross found Keith White who turned the ball into the path of Kiely to strike home from 15 yards into the corner of the net. Then just before the interval it took an Eric Young clearance off the line to foil the lively Ossie Bayram after a quick break caught the Slough defence out.

Kiely added his second goal after 53 minutes. Friend dispossessed Tony Field and sent Kiely clear and showing tremendous determination and agility he poked his shot past Engin. Although in attempting to clear the ball Martin Coates helped it over the line - the goal was deservedly credited to Kiely.

Teale had to make several timely saves as Dulwich tried to fight back, but a fourth Rebels goal after 73 minutes finally killed off their hopes. Again Kiely was the scorer with another superb goal. Only the woodwork foiled Morrissey from close range, but the rebound finally found Kiely, and he cleverly curled the ball into the corner of the net from what seemed an almost impossible angle.

With 15 minutes left Dave Russell replaced James, who deservedly received a standing ovation from the crowd for a fine performance. And within minutes Russell was involved in Slough's fifth goal. Mistakes by Denton and Terry Eames sent Russell clear and he rounded Engin before unselfishly letting White push the ball into the empty net.

Dulwich Hamlet Lineup


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