Late drama almost saw the University of Sheffield earn an unlikely draw, after pulling a goal back with one minute on the clock they just ran out of time in search on an equaliser and Sheffield Hallam managed to hold out for the win.
It was an fast paced game played by two very high standard teams, Hallam and Uni in the Northern Premier A and Northern Premier B divisions respectively. Uni started the match the better of the teams, they looked far more comfortable in possession and Matthew Kettley was immediately causing Hallam problems down the right wing with his pace and dangerous crosses. However after a slow start Hallam grew into the match and after a spell of pressure and several short corners were able to take the lead on 15 minutes with a well worked move.
Uni responded well to going a goal behind with Jack Culmer dominating the midfield, and not allowing Hallam any easy possession. Eventually the pressure told and just before half time Uni equalised with their first real opportunity of the game, the ball found its way to Marcus Hooper in space who fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net, just before half time.
Hallam started the second half slightly the better side, forcing several good saves out of Uni’s George Wright who kept his team in the match at 1-1. However even he could not keep Hallam out forever, and after a controversial call by the umpire awarded them a short corner, they retook the lead 10 minutes into the second half.
As the University if Sheffield pushed for an equaliser they were forced to leave holes at the back, and Hallam looked to have killed the game when they scored a third seven minutes from time. With just 60 seconds remaining the tie seemed to be fizzling out, however James Wright had other ideas, he controlled a hard pass at the back post and finished well to give Uni some hope. But there was just too little time left to get the equaliser, and even swapping the keeper for an extra outfield player was not enough to force one last chance.