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Finalist Decided for the Junior Trophy

Jim Taylor

MFA Photographer, Chris Benn covered the semi-final of the Middlesex Geoff Harrison Junior Trophy between Shepperton Pumas and West London Wanderers, on Saturday last, 22nd May.   This game was played on the 3G pitch at the Matthew Arnold Sports Centre.    

Shepperton Pumas had reached the semi-finals with a 1-0 win away to Wiseman West.   Previously they had beaten Lpossa 8-1 at home in round 1.   West London Wanderers had beaten Hillingdon Abbots Seniors 3-1 away in their quarter-final, having received a walk -over in the first round.

Pumas scored twice in each half to emerge from this match as comfortable 4-0 winners.   They had a chance to go ahead in the 11th minute, when James Cottee headed a well-placed free kick by Thomas Harris onto the bar.

However, Pumas took the lead in the 36th minute through Thomas Harris, who worked his way into the penalty area, beating two opponents, before netting.


Thomas Harris puts Pumas 1-0 up

Toby Cooper doubled the lead 5 minutes later, with a low shot into the corner of the net, to the diving keeper’s right, after Samuel Newman had won the ball.

Toby Cooper scores Pumas second

West London Wanderers had a couple of reasonable chances in the first half.   Gary Smith was released through the middle but his lob landed on the top of the net.   Then, Robbie Smith stole the ball from a defender in a dangerous position but fired narrowly wide.  

The hosts converted two of the several chances that they made in the second half.   Felix Watson scored from close range, in the 71st minute, after keeper William Blithing had pushed out a drive from James Cottee.   Then. In the 82nd minute, Ash Theobold headed Toby Cooper’s corner home.

Action in the Pumas' goalmouth

In the 70th minute, Pumas’ keeper Byron Holloway, made an important save.   Confronted by three unmarked Wanderers’ forwards, following a breakaway, he saved at close range from Tommy Ryan-Maynard.

Pumas keeper Byron Holloway saves at close range from Tommy Ryan-Maynard

Final score: Shepperton Pumas 4    West London Wanderers 0

The other semi-final resulted in a 3-1 away victory for Old Hat over Kinja Youth.

Therefore, Shepperton Pumas and Old Hat will contest the final on Saturday, 19th June at Rectory Park.

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