Sep 26 2012 By Joe Mannick
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Harefield United 1-4 South Park
HAREFIELD United manager Phil Granville had no complaints as 10-man Harefield United crashed out of the FA Cup last night.
The Hares were knocked out by South Park 4-1 in a turbulent second qualifying round replay that saw Jake Girt see red for two bookable offences.
Granville said: “Definite sending off, he was cautioned and then some sarcasm from Jake. He deserved to go so no arguments about the dismissal.
“We were naïve in some of the tackles we put in, in and around the box, and the opposition punished us.”
Both sides had been trading early chances and possession but it was not until the half an hour mark where the deadlock was broken.
Some neat play by the Park midfield led to a Jack Higgins strike from the edge of the area to put the visitors in front.
The reply from United was instant as Danny Bennell headed in from a corner to level the scores.
Park’s goalkeeper kept it level at half-time after a double save to deny efforts from Girt and Max Hubbard.
The away side came out strongly in the second-half and it was not long until before they re-took the lead as Chris Smith's wide free kick missed everyone and ended up in the far corner on the net.
Frustration began to set in as a needless yellow card from Girt put him on thin ice.
Smith netted his second and Park’s third from a debatable free kick decision which infuriated the Hares players that led to Girt’s dismissal for dissent after reacting badly to the decision.
And Park made the extra man show as they made it four with fifteen minutes to go, Alec Brown tapping in from close range to put the result beyond doubt.