Stevenage hero Ben Kennedy hails ‘fighting spirit’ as Swindon looms

PUBLISHED: 17:35 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:35 26 November 2018

Ben Kennedy of Stevenage celebrates scoring his penalty in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ben Kennedy of Stevenage celebrates scoring his penalty in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Talented starlet Ben Kennedy hailed Stevenage’s fighting spirit after his last-gasp winner in a dramatic 3-2 victory over leaders Milton Keynes.

Ben Kennedy of Stevenage on the ball in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Milton Keynes at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Kennedy of Stevenage on the ball in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Milton Keynes at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Kennedy’s sensational strike in the dying seconds ended MK’s 10 game unbeaten run as they also moved to 8th place in League 2.

The Northern Ireland U21 winger grabbed his sixth of the campaign as the Lamex outfit sealed their third league win out of their last four matches.

Speaking to the official Stevenage website Kennedy said: “We knew we needed to bounce back from last week.

“We had a bad result and there is nothing better than to beat the team that’s top of the league. We dominated, especially in the second half - we were the better side and deserved to get the three points.

Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria on the touchline in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Milton Keynes at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOManager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria on the touchline in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Milton Keynes at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We know on our day we are as good as anyone in this league. We have got good players that have won promotion and there is no reason why we can’t beat teams like MK.

“We are just happy enough to get the three points and move onto Swindon now.”

Boro opened the scoring with a 21st minute header from Steve Seddon at the Lamex before a perfectly placed finish from Rhys Healey eight minutes later to make it 1-1.

Ryan Watson floated the ball to striker Kieran Agard who found the back of the net with a leaping header in the 68th minute for 2-1 to the visitors.

Dino Maamria’s men regrouped and equalised after a well worked free-kick into the box was parried to Scott Cuthbert who lifted the ball into the net – to set up the Lisburn-born attacker’s exceptional finish to devastate MK.

Kennedy said: “Once I saw it go over the wall I hit it sweet enough and I thought ‘this can go in’ and it did. So, happy days.

“We have had this at home a few times where we have gone behind. Against Oldham we went down 2-1 - we’ve got good experience with people who know how to react.

“We have promotion winners in our team. We reacted well again and once we got the second goal I knew we were going to win it.”

Stevenage will look to make it four wins out of five games when they face Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

Kennedy added: “We’re thinking of our next game. MK’s behind us, It’s rest, recovery and Swindon on Tuesday.”

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