There will be a new name on the Junior Cup after St John's Yard beat Tonbridge Origin Reserves
on penalties at Rusthall FC. The teams were locked at 1-1 after extra
time, so it went to penalties which the Yard won by 4-2.
Sunday 22nd April, saw St John's Yard FC face off against Tonbridge
Origin Reserves FC at Jockey Farm. The warm weather had caused the pitch
to be dry and certainly bobbly in places, with both teams looking to
play football they hoped this wouldn’t affect the match. With the
temperature soaring (in the UK late April!!) , both captains elected to
have a water break midway through the first and second half.
The early stages of the first half saw both teams trying to figure each other out, with St John's Yard slowly starting to get the upper hand by finding space down the channels through their strikers Josh Williams and Dan Hunter. The first chance of the half fell to Mush Miah, who broke free down the left wing, turning the defender inside out, before unfortunately firing into the side netting, much to the frustration of the large following support of St John's Yard. The rest of the first half remained very chess like, with either team not wanting to make the wrong move. Then came a moment of brilliance, a long ball played up to Dan Hunter, who excellently controlled the ball out of the hair, found Mush Miah in the box, who then set up the oncoming Josh Williams, who managed to pass the ball into the bottom left hand corner giving the Origin goalkeeper no chance. 1-0 to the Yard.
Unfortunately, this proved to be Mush Miah’s last positive impact on the game and he turned from Hero to Zero, where after riding a couple of challenges from the Origin players, he didn’t take too kindly to one of the tackles and retaliated by raising his hands to the opponent resulting in a red card. This happened minutes before the end of the first half. Origin managed to create one decent goal scoring opportunity before the half was out, with Yard keeper Adam Good making a fantastic save.
Half time – St John's Yard 1 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 0
The teams returned after the interval and St John's Yard, decided to make multiple changes to freshen the squad up, knowing they faced an uphill battle with at least 45 minutes with 10 men. Eeach player knew he had to dig deep if they were going to get a result. Special mention needs to go to the crowd, who cheered every tackle, every clearance and every opportunity for the Yard,. They played a massive part in helping the boys get through the second half. Origin resulted to a long ball tactic, putting the Yard defenders under lots of pressure and sitting very deep, the ball never seemed to leave the box . There was som body on the line defending from all of the Saint John’s Yard players, especially Chris “Chewbacca” Newhouse notably heading clear every ball coming in his direction. Jay Scott was working tirelessly upfront for the yard, but with limited support and ball it was a hard day at the office for the striker. Yard were determined not to be broken and with ten minutes left, an Origin player managed to find some space in the box and headed the ball down to what look like would be the bottom corner only for the player to be denied by an incredible save from Yard keeper Adam Good. Origin kept pressing, chance after chance, missed/saved wide, until 5 minutes from time a free kick on the edge of the area was excellently crossed in, flicked from one Origin player to another and Jason Pack found the bottom corner. 1-1 and with neither team wanting to make a mistake it went to extra time.
St John's Yard’s players could easily have let their heads dropped and there were notably some extremely tired players. The substitutions were becoming more frequent. Despite being a man down, Yard started extra time the better of the two sides and despite being on the front foot, could only muster one clear chance which fell to Jack Veness in the Origin penalty area, only for his strike to be saved by the brilliant Origin goalkeeper. Origin created another headed chance in the dying moments of extra time, only for Adam Good to once again deny Origin what would have certainly been the winning goal and so it was to be penalties!
Origin won the toss and decided they would take the second kick and Yard got to choose the end, obviously they chose the goal surrounded by their supporters. Origins first penalty was excellently saved by Adam Good, Steve Histed then scored his for the yard, Origin scored their next one, Jay scott scored for Yard and then the telling moment came Adam Good saved a second Origin penalty, leaving it for Lewis Stack to win the trophy for St John's, but he had other ideas and decided he wanted to let John Pearson have the glory, so he saw his penalty saved by Origin Keeper. John pearson scored the winning penalty for the Yard, queue the celebrations, the crowd sprinting on to the pitch!
Special mention, to officials who handled the game well and to Origin who gave St John's Yard a fantastic match and all players involved who gave 100%. The crowd on both sides were excellent as well, most notably the St John's Yard support who carried the team over the line.
Man of the match was St John's Yard keeper Adam Good.
Green Lane will meet
Tonbridge Origin's first team in next week's WKSFL Senior Cup Final.
Minds will be cast back to 2009, when the same two teams met in the
Intermediate Cup Final, won by Green Lane on penalties.
Green Lane won their semi-final by a 5-1 aggregate, beating Armada 2-1 in the second leg. James Knight and Josh Harris scored the all important goals. I do not have the Armada scorer.
Neither side has won the Senior Cup, Tonbridge Origin coming closest
when beaten in last year's final by Simla. Form might slightly favour
Green Lane. The two league matches ended in 5-5 draw and a 4-0 win for
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A key double header for Royal Oak went awry. Six points would have put them to within one of the leaders, but opponents Cassidy's Phoenix
pulled off a surprise win in the second game. Oak had won the first
2-0, Spencer Alford and the
Division's top scorer Ash Bell scoring, but the second went the way of
Phoenix, who won 4-1 with the scorers being Ollie Muggeridge, Rob
Harman, Lynos Rwodzi and an un-named Oak player who put through his own
net. Luke Graham did pull one back, but with two games remaining for
both teams, it could hardly be closer. Royal Oak face a horrible job
next Sunday as those two remaining games will be a double header against
Crowborough Town. Green Street Blues must travel to FC Grinstead and
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