Parkinson goal puts Blueboys in another final

Challenge Trophy semi-final London Colney 2 Brimsdown Rovers 1 LONDON Colney booked their place in their third cup final of the season after a 2-1 defeat of Brimsdown Rovers in the Challenge Trophy on Tuesday evening. The Blueboys got off to a disastrous

Challenge Trophy semi-final

London Colney 2

Brimsdown Rovers 1

LONDON Colney booked their place in their third cup final of the season after a 2-1 defeat of Brimsdown Rovers in the Challenge Trophy on Tuesday evening.


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The Blueboys got off to a disastrous start with Brimsdown opening the scoring two minutes into the contest.

Karl Lewis robbed Dave Corran out wide and whipped over a deep cross for Nick Martin-Pompl to convert with a diving header.

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The goal shocked Colney into action with Frankie Jowle and Russell Gallagher causing Rovers problems down both flanks.

Paul Danslow had an effort saved and Gallagher saw his shot beaten away by James Bush in the Brimsdown goal.

The Blueboys got back on level terms in the 24th minute through Danslow.

Gallagher sped away down the left wing and crossed in low for Danslow to sweep the ball home from 12 yards.

The goal spurred the Blueboys on and Jowle's curling free kick nearly put them ahead but unfortunately it whistled past the far post.

Another Jowle free kick caused problems in the Brimsdown defence with Shaun Murphy knocking the ball down for Greg Shaw but he fired over the bar.

Brimsdown attacks were few and far between although Martin Waldron went close with an effort just before the interval.

The visitors' cause wasn't helped when Dan Saunders was given his marching orders for a late challenge on Josh Humbert.

Taylor Sussex went close to restoring the visitors' lead before the home side took the lead thanks to a fantastic strike.

Substitute Dave Parkinson received the ball from a Kenny Hull throw in, turned his marker just inside the box before unleashing a terrific shot that flew into the top left hand corner and that lived up to his nickname 'bullet'.

Shaw wasted three good chances to put the result beyond doubt for Colney but he fired wide, over and saw the last one saved by Bush but it wasn't to matter as Colney held on to seal their place in the final.

The Blueboys will meet Premier Division side Broxbourne Borough in the final which is due to be played at Colney Heath on Tuesday, May 11.

London Colney: Whittamore, Hull, Corran, Paradise, Murphy, Dickie, Jowle, Humbert, Danslow (Parkinson), Shaw, Gallagher. Subs not used: Benning, Simmonds, McCafferty.

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