Late Dundas Goal Saves Sutton From Truro Replay

Article by Johnnie Lowery

Just when it looked like Sutton were set for the 225 mile trip to Truro on Tuesday night Craig Dundas popped up with a priceless winning goal to send U’s into the FA Trophy second round.

The first half was slow to get going, the first half opportunity of the game falling to Ross Stearn who saw his effort from the edge of the box deflected wide. The visitors’ best opportunity in the early exchanges came from a long range Ed Palmer freekick. Half an hour in United really should have taken the lead when Tommy Wright got through on goal but he scuffed his effort wide with Ross Stearn unmarked in the middle. There was still time for a couple more opportunities before the break, Stearn seeing a freekick well held before Craig Eastmond was denied from a powerful volley at the keeper’s near post.

The second half was an improvement for Sutton who constantly had their Cornish opponents pegged back, Tom Bolarinwa the main threat with the Truro defence unable to cope with his pace and trickery. Craig Dundas was guilty of missing the golden opportunity when Wright unselfishly squared the ball only for the big striker to volley over from 6 yards out. Eastmond too may feel he ought to have scored when one on one with the keeper but fired wide under defensive pressure. As U’s pushed forward Truro did have a counter attacking threat, but it was from a freekick they were to come closest with another Palmer effort thundering against the crossbar with Jamie Butler beaten. However with time running out a giveaway of possession by the visitors was punished exquisitely by Eastmond’s through ball to Dundas, who lifted the ball past the advancing Tom McHale to send Sutton through