Canvey Island 2 Crawley Town 2

Last updated : 21 September 2004 By Footymad Previewer

A last gasp Chris Duffy goal handed draw specialists Canvey Island their 5th stalemate of the season against Crawley Town.

The visitors dominated the opening 45 minutes producing some good, patient passing football.

Within 6 minutes they almost grabbed the lead when Charlies Mapes surged towards goal and unleashed a blistering 25 yard strike which Canvey Island goalkeeper Danny Potter kicked round the post.

Crawley's top goal scorer Charlie MacDonald also spurned two good chances, volleying one effort straight into the goakpeer's arms and slicing a one-on-one wide of the goal.

Crawley finally took the lead on 26 minutes when Canvey Island's David McGhee failed to clear a Neil Jenkins cross and Allan Tait, crowned his first start of the season by sliding in to score.

Canvey, for their first half efforts, struggled to break through a solid Crawley back line being reduced to long range efforts.

Their problems were further compounded when Ben Chenery was forced off with a suspected ham string injury.

However, his replacement, Gavin Cowan, almost stole a late first half equaliser but his header was pulled off the line by Jenkins.

This proved to be the impetus the Essex side needed and within 4 second half minutes they were level when Ollie Berquez flashed a close range shot into the net.

Canvey failed to build on their positive second half start and despite Lee Boylan's hitting the cross bar Crawley were soon back in front.

Mapes drilled a low free kick to the near post from the by line and Tait got in front of his marker to stab home his second.

Crawley had chances to further their lead. Robert Traynor blazed over from 2 yards while Charlies Mapes saw another long range effort saved.

Duffy made them rue those near misses when he rifled the ball past the goalkeeper at his near post to leave honours even.