Footypants triumph in Intermediate Cup

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Herts Advertiser Intermediate cup final

A top-of-the-table clash saw Footypants take on Harpenden Arms Athletic in the Intermediate Cup Final at Clarence Park St Albans.

Footypants made the breakthrough following a mistake from the Arms goalkeeper when Michael Langton pounced to slot the ball home. Footypants then grew in confidence and started to play their usual flowing football and soon made it 2-0 through Dominic Cader’s header. Arms were not out of it though and made it 2-1 shortly before half-time with a stunning strike from just outside the box by Robert Walker. However they couldn’t find the elusive second and Footypants ran out winners.

Premier Division

Nicholas Breakspear moved three points nearer to the title following their 13th league win when overcoming Harpenden Colts OBs 7-1 for their heaviest defeat of the season.

Once again Dave Parkinson was in sparkling goalscoring form, helping himself to four goals for the fourth time this season. Matt Tilbrook waded in with a brace and Ashley Aimakhu a single. Cain Davey was Breakspear’s Man of the Match. Dan Fensome replied for Colts.

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Vision, chasing the runners-up slot, completed the double over Hogs Blacksmiths in a 1-0 score, Ethan Hughes scoring the match winning goal.

Queens Head Sandridge, having not played for several weeks, put in a good all-round team performance to beat Blackberry Jacks 2-0. With the game even after 30 minutes Matt Gentry went in for routine tackle however the Jacks forward fell on top of him resulting in a dislocated shoulder. This brought on the old man of the team Ian Porter.

Within five minutes of being on the pitch a precise defence-splitting pass was put through to Phil Turner who calmly slotted home. The second half was an end-to-end affair with both teams playing flowing open football. After 60 minutes once again the ball fell to Ian Porter and he hit a 30-yard pass to Chris Martin who calmly slotted home from the advancing keeping.

Division One

In an evenly-contested first half it was Verulam Arms who took the lead and went 2-0 up after 20 minutes.

Six Bells replied through James Pegrum and Andriy Wong Tai ho to make it 2-2 at half time. Five minutes into the second half league champions Verulam Arms went 3-2 up, after that it was one-way traffic. Although Six Bells did compete and create chances, they couldn’t find the net as Arms kept up their hundred per cent league record in a 7-2 scoreline.

Division Three

A good performance from St Albans IFC earned a fine 3-1 win against Old Albanians Res.

A top class finish from IFC’s Matt Sumpter opened the scoring. After Albanians pulled a goal back through Rob Battersby, a flowing team move down the right saw Spencer Clarke-Mardel score with a diving header. A Mario Concialdi penalty sealed the win.

Wheathampstead 89 lost their third game on the trot when Insurance Store gained revenge for an earlier defeat, winning 5-3. Kelvin Caines was in inspired form, scoring his first hat-trick of the season to earn him the Man of the Match. Matt Godby, with his first goal of the season and Tawhid Juneja completed Store’s tally. Wheathampstead’s goals came from Andrew Clark, Mattie Harris and Ben Harris.

Skew Bridge Res looked lively from the off as they tried to claw back points near the top of Division Three. Adam Facer missed two penalties against his former team, but Steve Harris and Mark Hiller gave Skew a comfortable lead.

The floodgates opened in the second half as Luke Firmin cut in from the right and coolly slotted into the bottom corner. Eventually Facer did get on the score sheet with a well-timed volley and then a bullet header but the moment of the match and maybe the season was left to James Hiller.

As skew gained and managed to miss their third penalty of the game as Harris crashed the ball against the bar the rebound cleared the area and bounced up around 30 yards from goal to be met by Hiller who hit a thunderous shot into the top corner past the despairing dive of the ‘keeper.

O’Neill’s Celtic came out strong from the start and after persevering an intensive first 20 minutes converted their first goal of the game from an excellent counter attack. Joe Geddes scored both the opening two goals for O’Neill’s.

Twenty minutes into the second half O’Neill’s conceded a penalty, their goal keeper Luke Wright made a fantastic save keeping Golden Lion out of the game. Ben Norman came off the bench in the final third of the match to score the third for O’Neill’s. Man of the match goes to Joe Geddes.

Division Four

Marshalswick Rovers completed the double over Sandridge Harvesters Sports, winning 4-2 with two goals from Jamie Moss plus singles by Matt Lawrence and Man of the Match David Hudson.

After an indifferent opening half, St Albans Royals came to life and scored two good goals through Stephen Brand and Man of the Match Danny Blyth and were unlucky not to take all three points as Colney Heath Rangers Res hit back with goals from Dave Anti and Lee Greenwood to earned a 2-2 draw.

James Welch opened the scoring for Radlett Village with a outrageous attempt from the half way line against Brookmans Park A. It didn’t take long for him to add his second. Thomas Blake and Louis Fernandes also grabbing two goals apiece. Alex English and Garvin Fisher also picked up a single goal each.

Division Five

In what was a crucial match for second place and promotion hopes, Sandridge FC edged this closely fought game 1-0 against Phoenix A.

The deciding goal came from Sandridge’s top marksman Robbie Pullman. Sandridge’s Man of the Match was goalkeeper Paul Mott who was outstanding for the away side.

The Camp Albanians ended the season with a hard fought 3-2 defeat at home to Raiders United. Raiders took a 2-0 lead in the first half, somewhat against the run of play, but a spirited comeback saw James Lee score for the sixth consecutive game before Jack Crawford drew the teams level. A defensive slip led to a Raiders corner which was converted to give them the lead once again. The Camp showed plenty of willing but could not convert pressure into another equalising goal.

Herts Advertiser (Extra) Challenge

Herts Mauritian FC had a good day against Church End and dominated the entire game from the first minute for an excellent 2-1 result.

Herts Mauritian stylist player Anthony Lennon scored their first goal, he was unlucky with three other efforts that hit the woodwork. The second half saw Herts Mauritians continued dominance but clumsy goalkeeping saw Church End score through Shaun Hoyte. Substitute Peter Cuenta scored a great goal for Herts Mauritian to put them in the lead again. Liam Wanless was the Mauritian Man of the Match.

CUP FINALS (We usually have a boxed advert, but was left out last week).

This Sunday, at Clarence Park, St Albans the Herts Advertiser Sunday Football League stage two finals. In the morning, kick-off 10am will be the reserve Cup final between Queens Head Sandridge and Skew Bridge.

In the afternoon, kicking off at 1.30pm will be the Knockout Cup Final between Nicholas Breakspear OB and Skew Bridge.