A remarkably tight cup final which could have been won by either side. On ten minutes Dormansland gad a great shot to the top corner brilliantly saved by 'Slator's keeper Max Bridges. Shortly afterwards Kane Ramsell for Insulators shot just wide. On twelve minutes Martin Ives cleared off his own line twice inside 15 seconds to keep his team in the game.
Play continued with half chances at both ends and with ten minutes
remaining in the first half a cross from Jake Pingault was headed just
wide by James Philpott. A few minutes later it was defender Lewis
Disbury who cleared a Dormansland effort off the line. Immediately
afterwards Marc Scott got a great block in to again deny
Dormansland. As half time approached a great run by Martin
Page-Mitchell led to a fine shot by Jake Pingault being well saved by by
the Dormansland 'keeper.
Seven minutes into the second half it was another magnificent save by Max Bridges in the Slators goal from a direct free kick that kept his team in the contest. In the 67th minute Martin Page -Mitchell had a fine run down the left wing and resulted in a great shot by Callum Lawlor. A minute later the same player had a shot tipped over by the Dormansland keeper.
The 70th minute proved decisive. A corner for Insulators was met with great power by substitute Michal Gutkowski with a great header - although the keeper did well to get a hand on the header the power took it into the net. It was Michal's second ever goal for the club in his first season.
Two minutes later Martin Page-Mitchell had a 25 yard shot tipped over by the keeper. In the 74th minute Max Bridges made yet another fine save in the Insulators goal. Within a minute, Jake Pingault's shot was tipped over the bar by the Dormansland keeper.
With just eight minutes remaining Tommy Bridger made a goal saving tackle in his own box to save a certain equaliser. As the game entered added time, Kane Ramsell was through on goal only to be brought down. Many would say the last defender was lucky to stay on the pitch.
Five minutes of added time saw Dormansland put Insulators under relentless pressure but they held on, inspired by a resolute defence, for a wonderful win to make a great day for the club.
The game was played in an excellent spirit. It's the first time the name of Insulators 1st XI has been on a cup since their Senior Cup win way back in the 1976-77 season! Rockets have the Surrey Lower Junior Cup final to look forward to in a couple of weeks time.
There is a large gallery of pictures from the game now available for purchase at bit.ly/2VyLPaa
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|Both Teams and Match officials
Goudhurst United are through to the Junior Cup final after beating FC
Grinstead 5-4 on aggregate over the two legs. The second leg featured a
very close fought first half with both sides having a few chances to go
ahead but there was no score at half-time. FC Grinstead took the lead on
65 minutes with a well taken goal scored by Charly Harris. Goudhurst kept
battling and eventually equalised on 82 minutes with a good solo
effort by Will Mantle.
Goudhurst kept pressure on and was awarded a definite penalty on 87
minutes. Ben Young stepped up to take the spot kick which the
goalkeeper saved well, but the rebound was put in by Michael Peevor.
Then Goudhurst saw the match out.
A good all round performance by Goudhurst coming back into the game
after going 3 - 1 down in the first leg at home and making it 3 - 3
at home in the last 10 minutes and winning 2- 1 away with
two goals in the last ten minutes. The sometimes tense game was well
refereed by Nigel Bird.
In the final on 12th May they will meet Yalding & Laddingford.
Their two goal advantage after the first leg proved too much for Biggin
Hill. Yalding went through 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at The
Kintons. Billy Dunn and Alex Young-Rogers scored the all important
Goudhurst took four points from Yalding in the League campaign. The final is sure to be a close one.
|West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 28th April|
|6||Green Street Blues||11||1||1||9||24||61||-37||4|
|West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 28th April|
|2||Petts Wood OB||10||7||2||1||38||17||21||23|
|3||St John's Yard||12||7||2||3||43||28||15||23|
|West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 28th April|
|4||Biggin Hill JFC||16||7||4||5||48||39||9||25|
|5||Yalding & Laddingford||15||7||2||6||39||43||-4||23|
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