Clunis at the double to keep Dulwich top of the table
12:11pm Tuesday 8th January 2013 in Sport
By Jan Kapcia
Three late Dulwich Hamlet goals helped the Ryman Division One South leaders to a victory against struggling Corinthian Casuals.
It took 77 minutes to finally break the deadlock, with the visitors’ defence holding firm until late on - this after an early Dulwich missed penalty by the normally emphatic Ehrun Oztumer.
Following a nice move down the Dulwich left, man of the match Ryan James’ low cross was fumbled by Casuals keeper Danny Bracken and tapped home by striker Nyren Clunis.
And James was involved again for the second goal, another simple finish.
This time it was Oztumer on hand, the Hamlet striker making amends for his 12th minute penalty miss.
And the match was put beyond doubt in injury time, Oztumer turning provider this time to set up Clunis for his second, rounding the keeper for the game's best goal.
The hosts had most of the play in the first half but could not break the Casuals’ resilient defence, with Daniel Carr hitting the woodwork for the league leaders.
Casuals had their chances too though, Joel Thompson missing two opportunities with the game at 0-0.
The result leaves Dulwich two points clear of second placed Maidstone, while the Casuals lying third from bottom, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
The teams meet again tonight at Champion Hill tonight (Tuesday), Hamlet hosting Corinthians in the London Senior Cup at 7.45pm, with both sides set to make changes.