Mar 31 2012 By Matt Lewis
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JULIAN Owusu breathed new life into Hayes & Yeading’s survival push with a last-gasp winner against Southport.
Owusu’s last minute strike snatched victory for United after Jamie Hand’s opener from the spot was cancelled out by Tony Gray’s penalty on the hour.
Leading goalscorer Tom Collins was restored the Hayes & Yeading line-up for the clash at Haig Avenue after being left out for the last two games by boss Nas Bashir (pictured).
Bashir kept faith with on-loan Watford midfielder Piero Mingoia and the young Hornet repaid him by earning an early penalty when he was felled by Simon Grand.
Skipper Jamie Hand shouldered the responsibility and dispatched the spot-kick to give Bashir’s men an early lead.
Luke Williams’s had the chance to double the United advantage before half-time but saw his shot whistle wide five minutes before the break.
United looked set for a shock result but made a poor start to the second period, with Pele’s untidy challenge on Gray resulting in another penalty, scored by the Southport forward himself.
Owusu and on-loan Crawley Town striker Dan Evans entered the gray with 10 minutes remaining as Bashir looked to snatch the points.
And Owusu popped up with the winner with seconds to spare and United held on for three valuable points, although they remain in the relegation zone after Newport’s victory over Gateshead.