It was the big cup finals today and neither disappointed! First up was the league cup, the Dewar Shield and the battle was between The Oddfellows Arms, Premier League runners up, and Under The Radar, currently top of the Senior Division. The Oddfellows Arms started well and in the 7th minute, James Sutherland flighted an unstoppable free kick into the top left hand corner of the UTR net to put Oddfellows one up. He was at it again 12 minutes later as Richie Hamill’s corner kick came in, Sutherland dived in to make it 2-0., but not for long. George Gibbard’s misjudgement in the Oddfellows goal, resulting in him conceding a foul and referee Jordan Whitworth pointed to the spot. Michael Adewale confidently scoring to bring UTR back into the game. Into the second half and Michael Adewale’s free kick on the right wing was floated in, and it was a defensive head who got there first to loop the ball over the keeper and into the net for 2-2. More drama was to follow moments later as The Oddfellows Arms had the chance to take the lead, as Mr Whitworth was pointing to the spot again. Richie Hamill stepped up, and his spot kick was superbly stopped by Lewis Mitchell who pushed the ball out to his left, but as the ball ran free, players from both sides scrambled for the ball but an Under the Radar leg tripped an Oddfellows forward and it was yet another penalty! Up stepped Jake McIntyre this time, but with Lewis Mitchell beaten this time, the ball smashed against the bar and went out for a goal kick. 2-2 is how it finished after 90 minutes and despite UTR hitting the bar in extra time it was going to take penalties to decide the winner, and it was Under the Radar who held their nerve to win the shoot out 4-3 on penalties.
The afternoon game saw the final of the Plumstead Challenge Cup. We started by welcoming guests Jo Tanner and Dan Benson who are trustees of the Tommy Crush Foundation our supported charity of all the cup finals this season and as the anniversary of Tommy’s sad passing approached, we all paid our respects with an immaculately observed minutes silence before kick off.
68 teams entered the largest PCC ever from WESFA, OBDSFL, CMSL and Met Leagues and it was down to Welling Town A, Premier Division Champions and Bayswater RK current holders, who won last year as a Division One side. Welling were on the attack very quickly, and just 4 minutes had passed when Matt Gardiner made a superb goal-line clearance to deny Brima Daramy. Six minutes later and Welling had a loud penalty appeal turned away by referee of the year Mick Kempster. After 30 minutes, Lewis Oduku broke down the left wing, cut inside and fired in low to the keeper’s near post. This is how it stayed until half time. After 51 minutes, Ryan Styles ghosted in at the back post and slammed in the equaliser from close range. 1-1! Bayswater became the stronger side as the game went on, and two superb stops from Welling’s Lee Caffell kept the scores level and that’s how it stayed, meaning for the second time today it was extra time. The game was end to end again as both teams went for the victory, and in 102 minutes Theo Fairweather-Johnson smashed the ball home from 25 yards to put Welling 2-1 up. Was this going to be the winner?? Well, no it wasn’t. 108 minutes gone and Eli Kayembe found himself unmarked and kept his cool to level up the scores again. It was the penalty shoot out again, and this time is went to the 7th kick, with Welling Town A coming out on top 6-5 to lift the Plumstead Challenge Cup.
Fancy entering next year? How about some Under 21 / Under 18 teams from a youth league (Selkent, Tandridge, Kent Youth League?) what better way to dip your toes into Adult Football? The league make no money from this competition with all profit going to charity, usually the Bexley & Greenwich Hospice. You have to be in it to win it! Enter next season’s competition here.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, Springhill United kept up their title hopes with a double header win over Blackfen United who finish a good season in 6th spot going out with a whimper. Goals from Luke Miller (3), Ashley Care, Danny Shaw and Aaron Miller saw Springhill record a 6-3 win in the first game, Daniel Bannell (2) and Liam Carter on target for Blackfen. The second game saw Blackfen offer very little resistance as Springhill ran out 10-0 winners. Luke Miller bagged another hat-trick while Aaron Miller joined him with one this time. Marcus Nielson hit a brace, with Daniel Quarshie also on target. Springhill face Bayswater RK at Meridian Sports Club in midweek action on Thursday 23rd and a victory will mean 3 points in the last game of the season against Under the Radar will snatch the title from UTR’s grasp. Turk Ocagi Limasol Russellers are up to 5th spot with a 3-1 win over South East Athletic Maroon. Dennis Agbudume, Carl Obiltey and Kagen Ozgener with the goals for TOL while Edward Childs was on target for SEA Maroon who finish the season in 9th spot.
In the Danson Property Services Division One, FC Royals took their lead at the top of the table to 15 points with a 5-0 win over 4th placed Bostall Rangers. Jerel Morris, Micah Banton, Stefan Jones, Tyrone Headley and Douane West all on target.
In the Summerhill Music Division Three it’s going to the last week as Eltham Lions moved up to 2nd spot with a 2-1 win over 4th placed Peckham Rye. Eltham now need a win in the last match of the season against 3rd placed Orpington Eagles Reserves by 4 goals to seal the title, whereas if Orpington win they finish 2nd.