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West Kent Sunday League Report –
Sunday 7th May 2017
WEST KENT SUNDAY LEAGUE SENIOR CUP FINAL
SIMLA 2 TONBRIDGE ORIGIN 0 played Friday 5th May.
Simla were always on top from the time that Steve Smith gave them a
seventh minute lead. Origin had their moments, but were unable to
penetrate a well organised Simla defensive unit led by Jon Lord,
with Clayton Cooper in front of the back four being industrious in
dealing with the Origin attacks before they really had a chance to
Origin had Sam Jenner in goal to thank for keeping the score down.
He pulled off a series of good saves, capped with an excellent one
handed effort late in the game from a close range shot by Smith.
It was a cold and windy Friday night at Longmead Stadium, the lights
were on from the start. The pitch was dry and quite bumpy in parts,
having been well used as is normal in this busy time for end of
Simla started quickly. Seven minutes in, Origin´s defence was caught
out and conceded a corner. It was well taken, low into the
area. Smith was quickly onto the ball and scored with a first time
shot from ten yards, low into the corner of the goal.
Origin took a while to respond. Seventeen minutes in, a deep cross
was met on the far post by Myles Lowden. Simla's keeper Joe Cullip
arrived a moment later to parry the effort. The ball fell to Chris
Stoate, umarked on the edge of the penalty area, but he sliced his
Simla then enjoyed a few minutes of possession, creating several
chances. A speculative hit from distance by Ian Parsons almost
deceived Jenner, but he got down to the shot just in time. Joe
Fuller had a great run on goal, which he finished by tripping over.
Another run, this time by Smith, was dealt with capably by the
Origin defence after an unusual moment of panic in Simla's defence
was sorted by a huge boot upfield that fell nicely for the foward.
Smith was a constant threat to Origin, his speedy runs down the
right wing testing defenders to the limit. One such run ended with a
superb low cross behnd the defenders, but he had out-run his
team-mates and nobody was there to meet it. Smith, Fuller and
Parsons all had a number of half chances, Jenner pulled off his
second best save to keep out a header by Smith. Origin managed to
gain their first corner just after the half hour, but nothing came
of it. Their best scoring opportunity came just before the interval,
a superb ball out of midfield set Holder off on a run at goal, but
he wasted it by tamely hitting the side netting.
The teams went off at half time with Simla still only leading by the
one goal. Most observers thought it should have been more.
Simla began the second half as they had the first, with a wave of
attacks. They were rewarded after just four minutes. Smith had a
shot well blocked by Jenner, but unfortunately for Origin the loose
ball fell to Ian Parsons who slammed it home through a mass of
players. Going further behind seemed to spur Orgin into life.
Another corner was won, again with no result. Despite the urgings of
their support among a crowd of around 200, Origin couldn't muster a
serious threat. Simla returned to the attack, more chances came but
neither Carey nor Parsons could convert.
Jenner then pulled off an almost miraculous one handed save when
Smith seemed certain to score, winning great applause from the crowd
but injuring himself in the process. He was ok after a couple of
minutes. At the other end, Origin were trying new tactics, with
massive long throw-ins from Mike Jessop and Alan Page designed to
test Simla´s defenders. They passed the test!
Simla continued to dominate and should have scored more. David
Blundell had three very good chances, once shooting tamely at
Jenner, once slicing wide after good work by Fuller had set him up
and the third ccme after a terrible mistake on half way by Origin
defender Saxby, which left him with a clear run. He was a bit too
slow in making up his mind what to do and was robbed at the edge of
the area by defenders who had run back.
Origin had a couple of last gasp attacks, one of which culminated in
Alan Page treading on the ball and the other with a shot hit high
over the bar by Mike Williamson.
Five minutes of additional time ended with Simla victorious and
lifting the Senior Cup for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
Pictures from Tony Vanns - click or tap to see larger size
|The West Kent Sunday League Senior
|Tonbridge Origin FC
|Senior Cup Match Officials
from left to right Dave Hogan 4th official, Mark Perrin
Assistant Referee, Rob Baker Referee, Josh Smith Assistant
|Simla FC Senior Cup Winners after the
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