Congratulations to Dormansland Rockets for their splendid 5-1 win on Friday night. Success for the League in a County Cup.
Dormansland Rockets met Atletico Bublé from the Southern Sunday
League on Friday night at the Meadowbank Stadium, Dorking in the Surrey
Sunday Lower Junior cup final. Both sides had each already lost a final
this season, so were happy to be given the opportunity to make amends in
the county cup final. Dormansland were largely unchanged from the side
who had lost to Insulators in the WKSFL Intermediate cup final a couple
of weeks prior, but did have the luxury of TJ Stead making a return from
Unusually for them, Dormansland made the faster start, creating lots of early chances and forcing the Bublé keeper into a number of saves. Slow out of the blocks, the Bublé cause was not helped when they lost centre half Joe Powell to concussion within the first ten minutes. Fortunately a precautionary trip to A&E confirmed no lasting damage had been done. Dormansland continued to have the majority of the chances, but Bublé looked dangerous on the break with winger Marcus Beckford causing Stephen Hodge a number of early problems.
The pitch at Meadowbank is superb, which led to some really
entertaining, quality football being played by the Rockets. Eventually
this paid off when half an hour in the Bublé keeper spilled a Dave
Gellatly cross into the path of Miguel Figueira-Dunne, who cooly slotted
home to give the Rockets a deserved lead. Minutes later the lead was
doubled, TJ Stead scoring the goal of the game. Miguel Figueira-Dunne’s
cross picked him out at the far post from where he lashed an unstoppable
first time volley back across the goal into the top corner of the net
to make it 2-0. On the stroke of half time, Dormansland were given a
reminder that they couldn’t afford to let their standards drop. Some
uncharacteristically sloppy play in midfield by Ali Jones left Bublé
through one on one, fortunately for Dormansland the Bublé striker’s shot
cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety. Rockets went in at half
time with a 2-0 lead.
The second half started as an end to end affair, with Dormansland looking to make the game safe and Bublé looking for a way back in. The next goal would go the way of the Rockets, Rich Wetton getting to a through ball ahead of the Bublé keeper who cleaned him out giving the referee no choice but to award Dormansland a penalty. Ross Waghorn calmly stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom left corner, the keeper dived the right way but couldn’t get enough on it to keep it out.
The game looked over at this point but Bublé continued to work hard
and were rewarded for their efforts after the Rockets fell asleep from a
free kick. The long ball into the box was flicked down to Laurence
Ansell who fired the ball through Louis Stone’s legs to make it 3-1.
This goal galvanised Bublé and over the next ten minutes they threatened
to pull another back, the momentum firmly with them and Louis Stone
having to make a number of good saves to maintain Dormansland’s two goal
advantage. Bublé’s need to push men forward left them short at the back
and when the Rockets broke they looked dangerous. A swift counter
attack ended with Rich Wetton firing towards the Bublé goal, his shot
was blocked by a sliding defenders arm and another penalty was awarded
to Dormansland. Again Ross Waghorn stepped up and again he scored, this
time firing down the middle and watching the 'keeper dive away from the
ball, 4-1 to Dormansland with 20 minutes left.
This fourth goal killed Bublé’s momentum and minutes later it was 5-1, top scorer Rich Wetton finally getting in on the act after missing a number of chances earlier in the game. He raced onto a perfectly weighted Ali Jones through ball, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net. Rockets made five changes in quick succession to freshen things up and continued to dominate the game. Substitute Callum Funnell made an excellent run in behind, only to be denied whilst lining up the shot by a last ditch tackle from the recovering Bublé defender who did brilliantly to get back. Fellow substitute Nick Elwood then saw a goal chalked out for offside, a shame as the finish was superb. A few more chances came and went for Dormansland, before the referee blew the full time whistle. The final score Dormansland Rockets 5-1 Atletico Bublé. Miguel Figueira-Dunne; who isn’t far off 40, deservedly picked up the man of the match award following a tireless display on the wing before captain Dave Heaton went and lifted the cup to cheers from all of those who had come to support. Click the picure below to see it full size.
The replayed semi-final second leg was a long drawn out affair.
Artois United were ahead 1-0 after 90 minutes, thus the game went to
extra time which finished 2-2. Eventually the Old Boys won 3-0 on
penalties. At the time of writing I do not have any other details.
Petts Wood Old Boys will meet Simla in next Sunadys final, which will at the Rusthall FC Jockey Farm Ground, ko 11.00am.
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