As you would expect from a quarter final of the national cup, the game started tentatively but after a few exchanges, Dulwich took the upper hand and began to find success down the wings creating a few chances on the Whitgift goal. If it had not been for the Whitgift goalkeeper, Dulwich would have taken an early lead. Whitgift then pushed back and forced a save from the Dulwich goalkeeper. Both sides then cancelled each other out for much of the first half with neither side creating too much. Just before the end of the half Whitgift took the lead against the run of play as they managed to get in behind the Dulwich defence. The half time whistle blew but Dulwich spirits were high after a strong first half performance.
In the second half playing down the hill Dulwich pushed high to restrict any Whitgift play which worked as they again gained back the momentum. With 20 minutes to go Dulwich equalised after a good counter attack and finish through Mylo. More pressure continued on the Whitgift defence but Dulwich could not break through. With eight minutes to go, finally Dulwich broke free and Seth picked up the ball beating one defender before calmly placing the ball past the keeper into the far corner. 2-1 Dulwich. A frantic final few minutes ensued with Whitgift pushing hard for an equaliser and Dulwich defending with everything they had. Minutes later the final whistle blew and Dulwich deservedly took their place in the final four.
The draw for the semi finals will be made next week and the game is to be played before 5 February.
Kwame Appau Twumasi