The Final FInals, and this time we are off to Tooting & Mitcham! Where? I hear you ask, yes Tooting & Mitcham all the way over in Mitcham. We always promise teams we will secure the best venues for Finals that we can within our budget, and with all our usual venues unavailable, off to South West London we went. The first game of the day saw The Oddfellows Arms face FC Plasma for the Fred Jolly Cup. Both Cup Winners already, who would come out on top? It was The Oddfellows Arms who did it, but not without a real battle. Goals from Richie Hamill, Jake McIntyre and James Sutherland saw The Oddfellows record a 3-1 win, but having been 2-0 up at half time, David Coker's goal at the start of the second half made things very interesting until the 3rd went in towards the end of the game.
The afternoon match was the Dewar Shield and this saw league winners Eltham Phoenix B face holders Club Santacruzense De Londres, billed as a potential cracker of a game it lived up to all expectations. Vitor Abreu fired Santacruzense into the lead, but Danny Russell equalised to leave it all square at half time. Lamar Ramsey fired Santacruzense into the lead and with just 3 minutes remaining Lemarl Hubbard volleyed an equaliser into the top corner from 20 yards, a goal that would grace any level of the game. Looking at extra time, Club Santacruzense went down the other end and took the lead again through that man Ramsey again and as Eltham pushed forward again, Santacruzense hit them on the break and Ryan Osmon conceded a penalty which earned him a yellow card, which Sergiomar Da Silva dispatched with the last kick of the game to end a thrilling Cup Final in an amazing atmosphere.
Meanwhile back in South East London, some league matters to deal with, Woolwich 90 recording a 3-1 win at Springhill United thanks to goals from Danny Edwards (2) and Chisa Mkala, and while last weeks result for Orpington Eagles would have boosted morale, today's result would have sent the Eagles crashing back to the ground, going down 9-0 at St Michaels. Stacie Butcher, Adam Fahy & Billy Skinner all scored twice, while John Woodcock, Jordan Wainwright and James Horn were all on target.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, bottom side Bostall Old Boys shocked high flying Hornfair Athletic with a 7-1 win. Danny Harris grabbing 4 goals, Gary Carr, James Stephens and Adam Williams all also on target while Sam Bailey scored the only goal for Hornfair. Going goal crazy were Eltham SF who scored a massive 14 goals against poor Phoenix Knights, Thomas Ngegba scored 4 while Jedidiah Brown & Charlie Gaish both got hat-tricks. Other goals came from James Simmonds (2), Connor O'Sullivan-Church and Manny Brown, with consolations for Phoenix scored by Jack Cox and Andrew Ridgers.
In the Danson Property Services Division One, 3 points for Long Lane A would seal the title. Goals from Jerron Cragg and Billy Epps did just that in a 2-0 win over Maroon XI. Abbey Wood hang onto second spot with a 6-1 win over FC Forza Greenwich, two goals a piece for David Bacon, Darren Shorthall and Tom Cirulis, which Dan Oliva on target for Forza. Bayswater RK are closing the gap though, a double header win over Danson Albion giving them 6 points after Joey White secured a 1-0 win in game one and Edi Borges secured a 2-1 win in game two with a double.
One game in the ABA Technical Division Two saw leaders Mottingham Park Rangers extend their lead to 4 points with a 5-1 win over Springhill United Reserves. Charlie Richmond scored twice, with further strikes from Justin Gould, Stuart Jordeson and David Ricketts. Ashley Care was the scorer for Springhill.
Summerhill Music Division Three and Woolwich Royals needed a win to secure the title against Baldon Sports Reserves. Steven Armstrong, Yavor Hristov and Michael Shote did the necessary in a 3-0 win which means Abbeymead can no longer catch them. Eltham Lions miss the chance to go 3rd going down 4-2 at home to Lessa FXI. Emre Bayram, Asa Chibiya, Hasan Gunduz and Keith Miller all on target for Lessa.
Another dead rubber in the already won Bert Holloway Cup saw Heath record a 9-2 win over Eltham Phoenix A, Aaron Anthony with a hat-trick and Blair Anderson a brace, with further goals from Shawn Anderson, Jack Howell, Sean Howell and Connor Kennedy.