Junior Cup Changes Hands
After an appeal regarding FC Deportivo Galicia playing an ineligible player in the Final, they have been withdrawn from the competition and Kodak Harrow have been announced as the winners of the 2017/2018 Junior Cup.
Please see below the match report from the game:
A minute’s silence was conducted before kick-off, as a tribute to Wesley Brown, the recently deceased long-term member and manager of Kodak FC.
Kodak goalkeeper, Vartan Sarkissan, showed his worth with a great double save within the opening 3 minutes. Deportivo’s Leo Carvahlo collected a through ball, charged up the middle and unleashed a powerful drive which Vartan parried. He then saved Leo’s second shot from the rebound. The ball then ran to Xavi Perez, who hit it over the crossbar.
At the other end, a long free kick from Kodak defender, Shrumbin Krasniqi, found tall striker, Alex Raphael in the Deportivo box but the latter’s shot was blocked.
Deportivo now enjoyed a spell of domination. Vartan saved at the lively Danny Alves’ feet. Xavi’s pass to Danny beat the offside trap but when Danny cut the ball back to him he mishit his shot. Leo Carvahlo’s good curling shot flew over the angle of post and bar. A move up the left, involving Leo, Danny and Xavi, ended with Xavi again shooting wide.
Kodak hit back and Myley Connors skilfully worked his way through the Deportivo defence but his shot was too high. Then Zach Goddard supplied a dangerous low cross but Labinot Krasniqi was dispossessed in the act of shooting. A long low free kick from Hendrix Emmanuel was well taken by keeper Alejandro Baeza.
The spell of Kodak pressure ended when Deportivo defender, Helda Lopez broke out and fired narrowly wide with a good volley. Then Leo Carvahlo outpaced the Kodak defence up the middle of the park and shot just over. Midfielder Atik Oumast headed a wide free kick from Mohamed Kelenchy against the post and Vartan saved a header from Helda following an Atik free kick.
Half time score: Kodak Harrow 0 Deportivo Galicia Reserves 0
Deportivo took the lead 4 minutes after the interval, through Danny Alves, who converted a low cross from Helda Lopez.
Helda then played a probing long ball, which Vartan Sarkissan collected just ahead of Danny Alves. Danny then beat George Michaelides, avoided a further tackle and shot just past the post. Preveen Etienne headed narrowly wide from Helda’s free kick and Danny’s shot was saved by the diving Vartan.
A good team movement by Kodak came to nothing when Alex Raphael’s low shot passed wide.
In the 78th minute, Danny Alves set up Ali Soussi, who was fouled in the penalty area. Skipper Adam Vigo scored from the spot to give Deportivo a 2 goal lead.
Deportivo had chances to add to this lead. Following good work by Ali Soussi, Xavi Perez’s shot was blocked. Danny Alves followed a penetrating run with a shot across goal, which passed outside the far post. Vartan saved at Ali’s feet after the latter had executed a good one-two with Danny.
A bullet header from Labinot Krasniqi reduced the arrears for Kodak in the 90th minute.
In added time Kodak’s Myley Connors went down in the Deportivo penalty area and was cautioned for simulation.
Result: Kodak Harrow 1 Deportivo Galicia Reserves 2
Referee Tom Healy handled the game very well. He was well supported by his colleagues.
The Guest of Honour, Alyson Angelides of the Middlesex FA Adult Cups Sub Committee presented the cup and medals at the conclusion the match. She chose the dynamic Deportivo striker, Danny Alves as Man of the Match.
Our thanks are due to Hanwell Town FC for allowing us the use of their excellent facilities and for their kind hospitality and assistance during the evening. The attendance was 135.
KODAK HARROW FC
Vartan Sarkissan, George Michaelides, Tony Michaelides, Luke Peace, Courtney Francis (capt), Shrumbin Krasniqi, Zach Goddard, Hendrix Emmanuel, Alex Raphael, Labinot Krasniqi and Myley Connors.
Substitutes (repeat substitutions were used): John Hamlin, Ben Johnson, Linor Krasniqi, Danny Godfrey and Simon Bisgaad.
Manager: Jeff Clement Assistant Manager: Ian Jordan
FC DEPORTIVO GALICIA RESERVES
Alejandro Baeza, Helda Lopez, Louis Campbell-Arranz, Matteos Henrique, Adam Vigo (capt), Atik Oumast, Leo Carvahlo, Mohamed Kelenchy, Danny Alves, Xavi Perez and Preveen Etienne.
Substitutes: Hector Diaz, Ali Soussi, Gilmar Rodriguez, Luke Mouaj and Borja Conde
Manager: Chico Rios Assistant Manager: John Webb
Referee: Tom Healy Assistant Referees: David Lea and Fadi Mansour Fourth Official: Ali Matour
Photos from the game are available below courtesy of matchday photographer, Chris Benn.