Plumstead Challenge Cup - you need to be in it to win it!
We start this week with Round 2 of the Kent County Cups, and as WESFA managed to supply 2 referees for these cups again, sadly it didn’t help The Oddfellows Arms who fell to Groundhoppers by three goals to one. in the Sunday Premier Cup. In the Sunday Trophy goals from Douane West (2), Leon Nicholas and Donovan James see FC Royals keep the WESFA flag flying with a 4-2 win at Dartford Destroyers. Also progressing are Turk Ocagi Bermondsey, after Carl Obiltey gave a 5 star performance sending them through with all five goals in a 5-0 win over Club Langley. No such luck for Erith Athletic or Long Lane who both depart the competition at the second hurdle. Erith go out 5-1 at home to Greencourt, while Long Lane narrowly miss out 4-3 at Farnborough OBG.
One rearranged tie in the London FA Sunday Junior Cup sees Heath bow out at the hands of Wheatsheaf Athletic, with a 6-1 defeat.
In the Plumstead Challenge Cup, Third Division hosted Premier Division as Woolwich 90 travelled to Vanbrugh and in what was a much closer game than either side could have expected the Premier Division side progress 2-1 thanks to goals from Danny Edwards and Phillip Laborg. Vanbrugh had a consolation through Sam Kjeseth. Woolwich 90 now face Welling Town A in round 2.
In the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, Jordan McTigue, Taylor and Tony Robinson were on target as Welling Town A secured a 3-1 win over St Michaels. Terry Fletcher was on target for St Michaels. Jam remain on the tails of Welling Town with a thumping 5-0 win over Footscray Lions, Myles Alexander scoring 4 times in the process. Richard Akinlade with the other. Burrage Blues get their first league point of the season with a 1-1 draw with Barnehurst Ben Short on target for Barnehurst but nothing recorded again for Burrage Blues. Also sharing the spoils were Sabanoh 97 and Woodside Celtic with a 2-2 draw. Dan Emmett and Jon O’Mara with the goals for Woodside while like Burrage Blues nothing is recorded for Sabanoh.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, leaders Springhill United hosted YouTubers Under the Radar and got brought down to earth with a very large bump. Under the Radar coming out 5-1 winners with Emmanuel Brown (2), Thomas Ngegba (2) & Tolulope Jonah all on target. Patrick Haverty on target for Springhill who remained top on goal difference from Bayswater RK who didn’t play. Two goals a piece from Dan Lott and Darren Wynne cancelled out Nathan Brown’s goal and gave South East Athletic Maroon a 4-1 win over Orpington Eagles who remain rooted to the foot of the table. Catford Wanderers are in 5th spot after a 2-1 win at Blackfen United.
In the Danson Property Services First Division, leaders FC Plasma remain top despite going down 3-2 to Mottingham Park Rangers. Stuart Jordeson hit a brace with Adam Ezrouki also on target. David Hunt was on target twice for Plasma but it wasn’t enough. Junior Reds Athletic couldn't take advantage and remain in second spot after South East Lads grab their first win of the season upsetting the form book with a 4-2 win. Brad Glennon scored twice, John Sharp and Thomas Grant getting the others to get South East Lads off the mark. Brandan James and Ben Malyon on target for Junior Reds. Kent Wanderers are 5th after a Daniel McGoldrick hat-trick helped them to a 4-3 win at SEL. Chris McGinty grabbed the 4th, while Theo Jones (2), Hugo Clark and Thomas Duggan were on target for SEL. Phoenix Knights form continues to improve with a 5-3 win at FC Forza, Jack Cox bagging three, Rob Dennis and Zack William-James one each for Phoenix Knights. Jon Dyson, Matthew Woolf and Shakeel Zuberi on target for FC Forza. Woolwich Spartans and Bostall Rangers share eight goals in a thriller at Hall Place. Danny Harris and Daniel Hassett both scoring twice for Bostall Rangers while Luke Newman did the same for Spartans, with Nick D’Cruze and Eni Penev also on target.
In the ABA Technical Division Two, Greenwich Park Rangers remain top of the tree with a 2-0 win at Abbeymead. Frankie Church and Charlie Gaish with the goals. Russellers remain close behind after a 4-2 win over Meridian Sports thanks to goals from Daniel Sheppard, Bradley Shepherd, Rhys Edwards and Craig Newell. Woolwich Royals are 3rd despite going down 3-0 at Bexley Athletic, Rio Douglas (2) and Oliver O’Brien with the Bexley goals. Beacons are closing in just behind with a 9-0 win at Advent Royals. Ben Hurley (2), Josh Harrison (2), Sonny Brown, Taylor Lewis, Michael Fenn & Aaqil Githae all among the goals. Baldon Sports are 6th after they also fell to defeat, at Danson Albion 3-1.
In the Summerhill Music Division Three, AFC Kingfisher are top to the lot, but were held at home to a 2-2 draw against 4th placed Peckham Rye. David Scott and Robert Webster with the goals for the home side, but nothing recorded for Peckham Rye. Baldon Sports Reserves close the gap at the top to just goal difference with a 4-2 win over Seven Acre Sports. Billy Hosmer (2), Joshua and Joseph Evans on target for Baldon, while Stephen Alexander and Sam Bowhay got the goals for Acre. Orpington Eagles Reserves are up to 5th spot with a 4-3 win over Lessa FXI. Kemal Pala (2) and Byron Bourne and Gary Pryde with the Orpington goals. Hasan Gunduz, Jordan Hector & Keith Miller for Lessa. Finally Springhill United Reserves got their season off the mark with their first win coming in the form of a 7-1 win at bottom of the league AFC Sporting Greenwich. Rhys Tansley (2), Osric Richards, Dominic Verrillo, Jacob Unwin, Issac and Moses Omoruyi all on target, with Jack Kiely getting the sole AFC Sporting Greenwich strike.
Plumstead Challenge Cup and the Alliance Cup Finals were the big games today and I'll touch on them briefly seeing as they have already had their own write ups. The first game at Welling United was New London v Woodside Celtic which saw Jason Hammett and Jerry Reeves put New London in control at half time, but division champions Woodside stormed back in the second half with goals from Dennis Williams, James Tester and Lee Turner to snatch the victory in the last minute.
The afternoon game in the Plumstead Challenge Cup was between WESFA and LKSL teams. Long Lane of WESFA faced Baldon Sports champions of the LKSL and in a fiery encounter it was Long Lane who came out on top thanks to goals from Jack Webber and two from Jack Carthy to secure a 3-1 win and lift the PCC. Grant Bilney scored the consolation for Baldon Sports.
Meanwhile the Leader Trophy reached the Semi Final stage, and Springhill United Reserves reached their first final in their inaugural season thanks to a shock 6-0 win over AFC Kingfisher. Daniel Quarshie scored a hat-trick, while Ashley Care, Steve Marsh and William Tansley were also on target. The other tie between Borussia Heath 15 and Woolwich Royals was a bit tighter with extra time needed to separate the sides after a 1-1 draw. Woolwich Royals edging to the final with a 2-1 win, but no credits to goalscorers as Full Time wasn't done again (must love the fines!).
The Bert Holloway Trophy was still working on the Group Stage final places and Eltham SF won the group thanks to a 6-2 win over Mottingham Park Rangers who also qualify in second spot. A hat-trick from Toby Brown plus goals from Bradley Simms, Jordan Davids and Connor O'Sullivan-Church, doing the damage. David Harvey and Esmail El Khabaz were on target for Mottingham Park Rangers who now face a daunting trip to Phoenix Knights in the Semi Final, while Eltham SF face Premier Division opposition in Turk Ocagi Limasol Russellers on Sunday 21st with the final just 4 days later.
One game in the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division saw a cracker of a game with Jam stealing a win at Springhill United after a clanger from goalkeeper Steve Gobbett. Clement Edewor, Enobong Idiong, Niven Nkanash and Michael Soile to snatch the points for Jam while goals from Adam Graham, Danny Parmenter and Patrick Ward just weren't enough. Jam now sit 3rd awaiting the outcome of the Santcruzense v Long Lane match on the 28th to see if they can hold that spot.
We could have the champions of the league tomorrow as Sabanoh 97 host Club Santacruzense de Londres at Coldharbour Sports in a 1030 kick off. A win for either side will bring the championship, while a draw will mean Santacruzense would need a win at Long Lane on the final day.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, loads of goals as Maroon XI and Eltham Phoenix went toe to toe and Eltham Phoenix came out on top by the odd goal in 9. Two goals a piece from Bill Jukes and Chris Rostek not enough for Maroon XI while Eltham Phoenix have not logged their records on Full Time. Maroon finish their season in 8th spot while Eltham Phoenix have one to play and sit in 8th. Neither side will be overly impressed with that.
No games played in either the first or second division, as the cups took priority.
Seven games tomorrow and the pick is most certainly at Coldharbour Sports. Wherever you are, enjoy the game.