Mar 3 2012 By Tim Street
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York City 2-0 Hayes & Yeading
A CRAZY four minutes of injury time at Bootham Crescent saw Dan Spence sent off and Hayes & Yeading concede a farcical penalty which was the final nail in their coffin this afternoon.
Trailing 1-0, but still chasing the game, going into stoppage time, H&Y's task was made all the harder when Spence (pictured) was controversially shown a second yellow card.
Seconds later, hosts York made the most of the gaps and broke forward, only for Jason Walker to seemingly dive as keeper Steve Arnold tried to get out of the way, but a penalty was given and Walker himself dispatched the spot kick.
Earlier, after H&Y had survived a few early scares, Michael Thalassitis speculative effort saved, Phil Walsh's effort from a Jamie Hand corner was blocked and Mark Bentley headed wide soon after as H&Y probed for an opening.
But they were counting their blessings when Tom Cadmore air-kicked a cross from the right, and Matty Blair, perhaps surprised the ball had found its way to him, miscued from a few yards out.
The visitors were unlucky not to take the lead on 33 minutes when a Yassin Moutaouakil cross-shot from the right came back off the angle of post and crossbar, with home keeper Michael Ingham beaten all ends up.
However, there was a let-off up the other end when a misdirected defensive header found only Ashley Chambers on the left hand edge of the area, whose effort flew just wide of the far post.
Ingham easily gathered a weak effort by Luke Williams after the break, but H&Y's stubborn resistance was finally broken down on 58 minutes when they failed to clear a cross from the left and former Brentford man Lanre Oyebanjo finished with style.
The visitors came closest to levelling when Moutaouakil's cross was headed back across goal by Thalassitis, but Williams was just beaten to the ball by a home defender, while subs Tom Collins and Daniel Wishart both saw shots blocked from the edge of the area.
Arnold made a save at the feet of Adriano Moke in stoppage time, but there was more late drama to follow as Spence saw red before Walker secured the points for York from the spot, leading to the visiting bench angrily pursuing ref Seb Stockbridge down the tunnel at the final whistle.
H&Y: Arnold, Moutaaouakil, Hand, Cadmore, Owusu (Wishart 74), Williams, Bentley (Warren 66), Pele (Collins 76), Thalassitis, Spence, Walsh. Subs not used: Ajala, Beasant