This season’s Middlesex Junior Cup final was played on Thursday last, at the Ranch, home of Hanworth Villa FC. It was contested by New River, who are enjoying their first season in the Premier Division of the Hertford and District League and Lampton Park, who currently play in Division One (West) of the Middlesex County League.
New River FC was formed in 2016 while Lampton Park have been in existence for 10 years. Lampton Park won their first silverware, the league cup, in 2014 and have since been back to back league winners – Division Two in 2016 and Division One in 2017.
The early exchanges favoured New River. The first attempt on goal, in the 7th minute came from Junior Murray, whose low shot was punched away by keeper Perry Cheadle. Then Azeka Defoe’s shot was charged down for a corner. Jermaine Francis intercepted a Lampton Park pass in a dangerous position but blazed wide.
Lampton Park now started to organise themselves and to move the ball around more quickly. They went ahead in the 25th minute through centre half (and manager) Dougie Hillman, who had moved upfield for a long throw from the left. Dougie netted from close range following the subsequent goalmouth scramble.
New River custodian, George Collington just beat Jak Winter to a long ball and David LePage shot wide. At the other end, Azeka Defoe released Femi Ogunbayo, who forced Perry Cheadle to make a full length save. Then Azeka just missed the angle of crossbar and post from Femi’s cross following a good run up the left.
Lampton Park doubled their lead in the 39th minute through Jak Winter, who headed Adam Donnelly’s free kick home.
They scored a third goal two minutes later when Jak won the ball in a tackle with the New River keeper and slotted it home.
Half time score: New River 0 Lampton Park 3
Lampton Park continued to apply pressure on the New River defence. Jak Winter’s shot was cleared off of the goal line. Sam Lark neatly took the ball through and fed Nick Longthep, whose finish was just wide. The keeper saved at Jak Winter’s feet. Then Jak headed over from another well-placed free kick from Adam Donnelly.
New River came back into the game for a spell. Solomon KIrnon-Henry put Azeka Defoe through but Azeka was foiled by the advancing keeper’s legs. Azeka won the ball from a defender but shot wide. A neat passing movement, involving Azeka and Jermaine Francis finished with the latter’s low shot being well saved.
However, Lampton Park added a fourth goal in the 78th minute, when Jamie O’Connell netted in a scramble following a corner. They completed the scoring 10 minutes later through an Adam Donnelly header from another corner.
Lampton Park had further chances before the final whistle. George Collington saved well from Jamie O’Connell and David LePage.
Referee Paul Andrews efficiently controlled the proceedings in his usual relaxed manner. He was well supported by his match day team of Adam Hughes, Andrew Smith and Luke Partington (fourth official).
Final score: New River 0 Lampton Park 5
New River: George Collington, Fermi Ogunbayo, Connor Donnelly, Jermaine Francis (capt), Richard Bouton, Solomon Kirnon-Henry, Reagan Panzu, Azeka Defoe, Martel Ade, Cedric Lakole and Junior Murray.
Substitutes (rolling subs were used): Duane Brewster, Ricky Page, Oliver Riley, Larry Laniyan and Marce Collington.
Manager: Marce Collington
Lampton Park: Perry Cheadle, Josh Payne, Dougie Hillman, Sam Lark, Gurit Awlukh, Nick Jongthep (capt), Sam Truelove, Adam Donnelly, David LePage, Jamie Deville and Jak Winter.
Substitutes: Mohyudin Shiddo, Vitor Barros and Jamie Deville.
Manager: Dougie Hillman
The Guest of Honour, Middlesex FA Councillor and Chairman of the Adult Representative Match Committee, Bob Filkins, presented the trophy and mementoes after the game. Bob chose Lampton Park’s Jak Winter as the Player of the Match. Jak had demonstrated his skill and versatility by leading the line and scoring twice and then moving to a central defensive position later in the match.
The attendance was 182. Our grateful thanks are given to Hanworth Villa FC for the use of their fine facilities and for their excellent hospitality.
Photos from the game are available here courtesy of Chris Benn.