Whitehawk (2) 4-2 (1) Dulwich Hamlet
Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Hawks: Deering (pen) 10’, Mills 36’ 57’ 90+3’; Hamlet: James 15’, Carew (pen) 78’.
Star Man: Danny Mills (Whitehawk).
Whitehawk striker Danny Mills scored a superb hat-trick as the Hawks edged out Dulwich Hamlet to progress to the Third Qualifying Round.
In truth, the Hawks could and probably should have scored more than their four against their Ryman Premier opposition, but Mills’ third in added time killed the game off for Steve King’s side.
King was left to reflect on the performance of the referee, with the man in the middle making several questionable decisions in the Sussex sunshine.
He said: “At 3-1 we were totally dominant and it was a matter of whether we could score more. Then he gives a penalty to them which is never a penalty. It almost felt like he was trying to even the game up.”
The Hawks started on the front foot and came close to going ahead within just two minutes, when Mills was given space at the back post, but couldn’t bring down Sam Deering’s cross in time and the visitors defence cleared.
It was Deering who opened the scoring from the penalty spot after the impressive Mills was hauled down by keeper Phil Wilson, who was only booked for committing the foul despite the obvious claims for a red card.
Despite that, Hamlet drew level only five minutes later when Kevin James finished well when one on one with Craig Ross.
Juan Cruz Gotta then saw an effort brilliantly saved by Wilson, before Mills scored his first with a bullet header from Deering’s corner.
Mills added his second to put the Hawks 3-1 up twelve minutes into the second half as he headed home Deering’s floated ball into the area.
To their credit, Gavin Rose’s side never gave up – and set up a nervous finale as Carew converted a penalty after Bryan Van Den Bogaert fouled substitute Dean McDonald.
But with time running out and Hamlet pushing forward in search of an equaliser, Hawks broke and Sergio Torres’ through ball played in Mills, whose great strike beat Wilson and went in off the post to seal victory for Steve King’s men.
Hawks: Ross, Arnold, Sessegnon, Mendy, Gotta (Rose 43), Van Den Bogaert, Deering, Torres ©, Robinson (Ijaha 27), Mills, Martin. Subs not used: Stevens, Ngamvoulou, Gayler.
Hamlet: Wilson, Nelson, Drage (Erskine 63), Waldren, Sankofa, Pinnock, Hibbert, Carew, Scannell, Murrell-Williamson (Jayesimi 81), James (McDonald 71). Subs not used: Penny, Fernandes, Mascoll, Brown.
Photo by David Hunt