Mark Bidmead tucks the ball underneath Highgate Albion's keeper Alexandru Cavriloaia for Shire United's opening goal


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Chris Benn & Jim Taylor took in a clash of two Middlesex Sunday League Titans

Chris Benn completed his coverage of this season’s Middlesex FA Round 1 Cup matches with Shire United’s Sunday Premier Cup tussle with Highgate Albion at NPL Sports Club.

Guy Hollis nets Shire's second goal

The anticipated highly competitive and entertaining match resulted in a 4-1 victory for Shire United. Mark Bidmead put them ahead, following a solo run, in the 19th minute. Striker Guy Hollis almost doubled the lead 5 minutes later, when his fierce drive bounced down off of the crossbar before being cleared. Guy didn’t have to wait long for his next opportunity, which he took in the 27th minute.

Mitchal Gough's spot kick beats Alexandru Gavriloaia for Shire's third goal

Highgate Albion hit back at the start of the second half. James Esprit scored with a drive in the 58th minute and then Tage Kennedy hit the Shire goal frame. However, Shire United made the game safe with further goals in the 70th and 79th minutes. Their 3rd was a successful penalty kick by Mitchal Gough, following a trip and the 4th was scored by Guy Hollis, who finished following a run down the left by Anthony Oakes.

Final score   4-1

Guy Hollis completes the scoring for Shire

The other first round results were:-

Takers FC  3  Chiswick Griffin Albion   
Ivy Leaf WD  2    Club Assyria 2  Pens 5-6 
Larkspur Rovers (Sunday)   AC Finchley Sunday  
Park Royals    Old Southall Sunday  
Eagles Land FC   NLO  17   

Our official photographer Chris Benn, as ever, has provided some fantastic imagery from the game. If using these photos please give credit.

Chris has selected 10 highlight images which can be found here.

Readers wishing to view the full gallery of images can find these here. 

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