311 fans squeezed into Hanwell’s ground to see a gutsy performance which included a penalty miss in the opening minutes, and a penalty scored in the closing minutes. Although Hanwell owed a lot to their man of the match keeper Kacinvecius he was the difference between the two sides preventing the Blues running out comfortable winners with a string of superb saves but ironically was to give away the penalty that ultimately saw the visitors through to the next round.
Grays dominated the 1st half and led in the 17th minute after a corner saw Cronin’s goal bound header cleared off the line only to find the head of JAY LEADER who made no mistake to put Grays one up.
The lead was short lived when barely a minute later Cronin went from hero to villain, he dwelt on the ball on the half way line allowing Vicente to dispossess him and with a clear run on goal he slid the ball neatly past the exposed Johnson. 1-1.
The 2nd half continued even, with Grays shading the chances but with the game increasingly looking to be going to a replay Kacinvecius was finally beaten albeit from the penalty spot.
Blues won a corner in the 90th minute the ball was played in to sub Glen Little his deft chip was dropped by the keeper and in an effort to claim the ball he brought down Cronin.
With the resultant penalty kick DUMAKA scored the winning goal to put Grays through.It was cruel on the keeper but Blues fans breathed a huge sigh of relief to see all that pressure finally bring a goal.
To their credit Hanwell mounted a desperate last minute assault on the Blues goal but the visitors held out to secure a win which their work rate and dominance deserved.
In the next round Grays Athletic will play Conference team and once one of my local clubs Welling United.