The final of the Middlesex Sunday Junior Trophy, between Hampton Terriers and Highgate Albion 3rds, took place at Middlesex FA’s Rectory Park HQ on Sunday 27th June.
Highgate Albion won this final on the last occasion that it was played, in season 2018-19. Hampton Terriers are a new club and had reached this final in their first season.
Hampton Terriers had made it to the final with a second round walkover against Stafford Arms Blues and victories over Forest United Youth (on penalties after a 2-2 home draw), Arnos Rangers (5-2 away) and Enfield United (3-2 home). Highgate Albion had beaten 3 Steps (3-0 home), Hearts of Tedlothian (5-1 away), West London Warriors (4-0 home) and Farr (3-1 home).
Charlie Parmiter puts Hampton Terriers ahead direct from a free kick
Hampton Terriers started brightly and went a goal ahead in the 4th minute. Ross Dinneen burst up the right wing and drew a foul on the corner of the penalty area. His captain, Charlie Parmiter took the free kick and hit a lovely curving shot, which flew through the crowded box and entered the net off of the far post.
Oliver McLarty nets Hampton Terrier's second goal
Hampton Terriers were soon two up, through another high-quality goal. Jack Goldspink hit a perfect crossfield pass, which put Oliver McLarty clear of the defence. Oliver took the ball on, rounded the advancing keeper and netted.
Terriers' goalkeeper George Roberts makes an impressive double save from Albion's Alfie Louch...
Highgate Albion fought back. Alfie Louch picked up a through ball and tested Terriers’ keeper, George Roberts, who blocked Alfie’s shot and a follow up effort from Ricky Louch.
Terriers made further chances. A long free kick from Charlie Parmiter was headed over the Albion bar by Sam Tapper. Charlie Parmiter crossed for Charlie Seth to test keeper Jonti Purdom with a header. Charlie Seth released Sam Tapper but Jonti saved at his feet.
Hampton capped a dominating first half display with a third goal in the 43rd minute, through a shot from at least 35 yards by Jake Leonard.
Alan Callaghan had a chance to reduce the arrears for Albion just before the half time whistle but shot narrowly too high.
Half time score: Hampton Terriers 3 Highgate Albion 3rds 0
Highgate Albion, realising that they had nothing to lose by doing so, immediately took the game to Terriers. Ricky Louch shot on the turn and skimmed the crossbar. Alan Callaghan’s header from skipper, Nathan Rosel’s cross, went across goal and just wide of the far post. Ricky Louch shot inches too high again.
Matthew Wisdom (6) crashes the ball against Albion's crossbar
Play switched to the Highgate end of the field for a flurry of Hampton corners, which culminated with central defender, Matthew Wisdom crashing the ball against the Albion bar.
Terriers' Tim Girling is foiled by Nathan Rosel's last ditch tackle
Both teams now had chances, as play entertainingly moved up and down the pitch. Albion’s Ricky Louch put Alan Callaghan through but Alan was intercepted at the expense of a corner. Tim Girling looked odds on to score for Terriers but was foiled by a last ditch tackle by Nathan Rosel. Bradley Osborne’s high free kick, from a wide angle, was safely taken by Terriers’ keeper George Roberts. Terriers’ Ross Dinneen was set up by Charlie Parmiter but fired wide.
With time running out, Alfie Louch scored the goal which Highgate Albion’s second half efforts deserved, by taking the ball through the middle and firing it past keeper Roberts.
Alfie Louch scores for Highgate Albion
Albion had another chance soon afterwards but an effort by James Pavely was saved by keeper Roberts’ feet.
The final scoring effort of the match, by Terriers’ Oliver McLarty, met a similar fate from Jonti Purdom’s feet.
The winners with the trophy
Final score: Hampton Terriers 3 Highgate Albion 3rds 1
The organising committee chose Charlie Parmiter of Hampton Terriers as Player of the Match.
Referee Sobastien Fraser had a very good match and his astute handling of the proceedings contributed to the excellent entertainment provided for the spectators. He received good support from Assistant Referees, Silvio Fernandes and Daniel Harvey and Fourth Official, Justin Goodman.
The all-ticket attendance was 109.
HAMPTON TERRIERS FC
George Roberts, Sam Tapper, Matthew Wisdom, Louis Isaacson, Jake Leonard, Ben Lonergan, Tom Guffick, Charlie Parmiter (capt), Jack Goldspink, Ross Dinneen and Oliver McLarty.
Substitutes (rolling substitutes are used in this competition): Charlie Bloomer, Daniel Barley, Tim Girling, Charlie Seth and Alex Glennon.
Manager: Charlie Parmiter Assistant Managers: Charlie Seth and George Roberts..
HIGHGATE ALBION FC 3rds
Jonti Purdom, Ashley Dray, Alfie Louch, Toby Louch, Aaron Maragh, Nathan Bryan, Nathan Rosel (capt), James Pavely, Ricky Louch, Alan Callaghan and Anton Johnson
Substitutes: Bradley Osborne, Adam Tripp, Gaku Sato, Patrick Barrett and Jamie King.
Manager: Gareth Brooks Assistant Managers: Adam Shahein, Alex Vasconcellos & Richard Louch. Physio: Dave Stanithorpe.
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