West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 19th May 2019

There was only the one game last Sunday. There are two potentially decisive fixtures in Division Two yet to be played that are held over for a week.

WKSFL Senior Cup Final

Simla were making their sixth Senior Cup final appearance in eight seasons. Their opponents Petts Wood Old Boys were making their first appearance and in their very first season as League members. The match was played on a sunny morning at Jockey Farm, home of Rusthall Football Club.

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Simla knew this would be a tough match after Petts Wood Old Boys semi-final performances against Artois recently. The two sides had met during the group stage when Simla had narrowly won 2-1. The Old Boys had just scraped into the knockout stage but started that with a very good win over Pembury Sunday who had won the other group. For their part, Simla had won all their six group games, scoring 32 goals and conceding just six in the process.

Simla started well with Joe Fuller scoring within the first five minutes and continued to put pressure on Petts Wood with further attacking moves but without scoring again. Later in the first half Petts Wood scored an equaliser from a corner, the scoer beign Kieran Day. This gave them some confidence and it was an even match for the rest of the first half.

Simla started the second half strongly, but it was Petts Wood that went in front from a mistake in Simlas defence let in Olie Nicholls. Simla soon equalised when Alex Carey scored from the penalty spot. There continued some good play from both teams, but Simla went ahead again when Matt Crompton made sure of putting the ball in the net after Simla had appealed for a penalty which was turned down. The match was sealed late on when substitute Harry Bamblett smashed the ball in the net for Simla to win 4 -- 2.

There were disciplinary issues with both teams, but Simla and Petts Wood can feel proud of their performances on the day.


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