Bromley claim 3-0 win over Farnborough as club legend Ryan Hall returns
PUBLISHED: 09:48 09 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 09 December 2013
Bromley beat Farnborough for the first time in a competitive match since 2007, after a clinical first half showing made it nine home league wins in as many games.
Farnborough started the brighter, with Dave Tarpey shooting wide from just outside the penalty area, after top scorer Scott Donnolly had a free-kick easily saved by Joe Welch.
Bromley took the lead on 16 minutes in bizarre fashion. Brendan Kiernan cut in from the left, before seeing his cross bounce through ‘Boro’s static defence into the net, past the helpless Kevin Scriven.
Just two minutes later, Farnborough’s Adam Doyle was sent off for upending Ashley Nicholls and moments later, Dan Bennett was lucky not to see red when he hauled down Nicholls with a rash challenge.
It wasn’t long until Bromley extended their lead, and in some style.
Dean Pooley’s clearance was latched onto by Jay May, and after an exquisite first touch he emphatically scissor-kicked the ball home to give Bromley a two goal lead after half an hour.
Bromley were not done there. This time, Kiernan turned provider. His cross found Pierre Joseph-Dubois, who scored with a headed effort, despite the efforts of Alan Inns on the goal-line. This was his fourth goal in three games.
In an anti-climatic second half, Bradley Goldberg, Jay May and Pierre-Joseph Dubois went close. May saw spectacular volleys saved and clear the bar, while Joseph-Dubois had a shot saved and sent a header wide after an excellent team move.
The Yellows’ only clear cut chance came when Welch did well to save Donnolly’s powerful shot.
Ryan Hall’s introduction in the second half saw raptures of applause from the crowd. A club legend, Hall is with Bromley on a five week deal after leaving Leeds United.
The winger has also played for Crystal Palace, Dagenham and Redbridge, Southend United and Sheffield United. He is playing for the club for free, as a way of thanks for their part in getting him back into the Football League.
The win sees Bromley move four points clear of Eastleigh at the top of the table. They next play Dover Athletic away on Tuesday night. Kick-off is 7:45pm at the Crabble Stadium.