The present holders of the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup, Broadfields United, continued their defence of the trophy on Wednesday last, 7th February, with a visit to Southall FC, for the first of this season’s quarter finals.
The Middlesex Senior Charity Cup was first contested in season 1901-02, when it was won by Clapton Orient FC. It is the third oldest of the current Middlesex FA competitions, behind the Senior Challenge Cup and the Junior Cup.
Broadfields United won this trophy last May, as the result of a 1-0 win in an entertaining and hard-fought encounter with Northwood, at Uxbridge FC’s Honeycroft Stadium. Southall were one of their victims on their way to the final. After receiving a bye in round 1, they beat the ‘All 2-1 at home in round 2, received a walk-over against North Greenford United in the quarter final and won 2-1 at Hanwell Town in the semi-final.
That was the first time that Broadfields, who were formed in 1993, had won this cup. Southall have won it 10 times. The first time was in season 1910-11 and the last, so far, was in the 1983-84 season.
Broadfields United reached this season’s quarter final, as the result of a 5-0 home victory against Enfield Borough in round 1. Southall received a walk-over, following the withdrawal of Bedfont Sports.
On Wednesday, Broadfields United eventually won a tight contest, which was dominated by the respective defences. Although Southall had several near misses in the first half, neither side managed a goal during the 90 minutes. Then the visitors proved to be the more adept from the penalty spot.
Visiting keeper Kojusoluwa Abayomi was soon in action, kicking clear from Brendan Matthew, who had chased a through ball.
Then, a timely tackle by Calum Rogers thwarted Joshua Green, who had been put through by David Amate.
United’s Connor Spinks was fouled outside the box. Junior Paiva hit the resulting free kick into the defensive wall.
Junior Paiva (8) hits a free-kick into the wall
A spell of Broadfields pressure saw Lord Mansoh’s low cross travel across the goal area without attracting a touch. Then Southall keeper, Charles Patmore fielded a long free kick from Jamie Doolan, ahead of Kristian Swaby.
Southall’s Jaden Thompson-Brissett beat the offside trap, to fasten onto a through ball but the keeper saved from close range.
Kojusoluwa Abayomi saves from Jaden Thompson-Brissett
A well struck shot, by Jaden Thompson-Brissett, from an acute angle flew across the face of the visitors’ goal.
United’s Rahim Jude-Boyd’s excellent cross-field pass found Lord Mansoh, whose run was stopped by Frankie Taylor’s important tackle.
Koju Abayomi saved acrobatically, high up from Luke Henneghan.
Koju saves high up from Luke Henneghan (out of picture)
Southall came close to scoring, when Azeez Alabi headed against an upright from a corner.
Azeez Alabi (3) heads against the upright
The United keeper stopped an awkwardly bouncing shot from Luke Henneghan and then a free kick taken from wide on the left, also by Luke.
Southall hit the goalframe again just before the interval, when Kensley Maloney rattled the crossbar from 25 yards out.
Kensley Maloney shoots...
Half time score: Southall 0 Broadfields United 0
Southall went straight onto the attack and Frankie Taylor’s shot was turned for a corner. Carl Pearce advanced forward and got his head to Luke Henneghan’s cross but the ball was scrambled away.
Carl Pearce (12) gets his head to Luke Henneghan's corner
Frankie Taylor’s cross from the left produced some hectic goalmouth action, which ended with a free kick to Broadfields.
Koju saved another high shot from Luke Henneghan.
Koju saves from Luke Henneghan (far right)
Newly introduced Broadfield’s substitute, Craige Tomkins hit a free kick into the Southall defensive wall, after Kristian Swaby had been brought down.
Jaden Thompson-Brissett fastened onto a loose ball and released Frankie Taylor, who shot just too high.
Koju Abayomi saved at close range from Anthony O’Connor, who had burst through the middle.
In added time, Mohssen Mohammed outpaced the chasing Southall midfielders with a good run into the box but he was halted by the weight of numbers.
Mohssen Mohammed's run is halted by the weight of numbers
Finally, Koju saved low down at close range, from Lewis Putman.
Score after 90 minutes: Southall 0 Broadfields United 0
Koju saves from Lewis Putman
Southall went first in the penalty shoot-out, which required only 8 kicks to reach a conclusion.
The first 4 penalty takers, Jaden Thompson-Brissett (Southall), Hafid Bounyafe (Broadfields), Ryan Hope (Southall) and Max Holland (Broadfields) were all successful.
Brendan Matthew cleared the crossbar with Southall’s third penalty.
Craige Tomkins put Broadfields 3-2 ahead with their third kick.
Then Anthony O’Connor fired high over the bar, leaving Junior Piava to hit the winner for Broadfields United.
Result of Penalty Shoot-out: Southall 2 Broadfields United 4
Junior Piava hits the winning penalty for Broadfields United
Referee Ricky Ansher controlled the match well, ably supported by his Assistant Referees.
Southall: Charles Patmore, David Amate, Azeez Alabi (capt) (Shyon Dennis 59 min), Kensley Maloney (Ryan Hope 70), Carl Pearce, Joshua Green, Jaden Thompson-Brissett, Darreon Mark, Brendan Matthew, Luke Henneghan (Anthony O’Connor 70) and Frankie Taylor (Lewis Putman 88).
Unused substitute: Abdulrahman Nurein
Manager: Max Howell Assistant Manager: Jesse Smith Coaches: Darron Wilkinson and Josh Stroud Physio: Bren Briggs.
Broadfields United: Kojusoluwa Abayomi, Lewis Batten (Kristian Stoimenov 70), Rahim Jude-Boyd, Jamie Doolan (Craige Tomkins 62), Natalmond Lewis-Robinson (Hafid Bounyafe 62), Calum Rogers (capt), Lord Mansoh (Mohssen Mohammed 77), Junior Paiva, Connor Spinks (David Levy 70), Kristian Swaby and Maxwell Holland.
Manager: Sunny Tailor Coach: Billy Brooks Physio: Matthew Faley.
Referee: Ricky Ansher Assistant Referees: Ahmad Rafique and Ali Matour.
The other quarter final matches are:
Uxbridge v Ashford Town (Middlesex)
Hanwell Town v Spelthorne Sports
North Greenford United or Hillingdon Borough v Rayners Lane
No dates have been arranged yet.
Report: Jim Taylor
Photography: Chris Benn