A competitive game saw Hatch Lane take the lead, but three second half goals from Flyhouse Athletic without reply saw them lift the Essex Sunday Premier Cup.
Flyhouse had the first chance of the game just after the 10th minute mark, Keiran James bought the ball down well with his chest before sliding in Ogunwomoju but his shot from the left side of the box was over the bar.
Hatch Lane fired back with a chance of their own just four minutes later, Lucio Vare being played in on goal and doing brilliantly to chop past the onrushing ‘keeper, but his goal-bound shot was blocked out for a corner.
In the 31st minute, Flyhouse hit the bar. James again at the heart of it, this time floating a shot in from just outside the box that hit the underside of the bar and flew back out. Eight minutes later, Hatch Lane took the lead. Samrai Gebrai did well to break the offside trap down the right side and then square the ball to Vare, who was on hand to finish well and make it 1-0 to Hatch Lane.
Right before half time, Hatch Lane had a good opportunity to double their lead. Coley stepped up for a freekick from 25 yards out just left from the centre of the box, but his curled effort was saved well by Flyhouse ‘keeper Lefever. That bought the end to a frantic and energetic first half with Hatch Lane leading 1-0.
Hatch Lane had the first chance of the second half. McPhearson with some great skill in the middle of the pitch, then played through Vare whose effort was acrobatically saved by Lefever. A couple of minutes later, Flyhouse had a chance of their own. Kai Brown cutting in from the right and curling an effort from the edge of the box just wide of the left post.
In the 64th minute, Flyhouse levelled the game. A reverse pass played through James in the box and he slotted the ball past the onrushing ‘keeper and inside the near post to make it 1-1. And just four minutes later, they had turned the game around. James once again involved, this time running through and doing well to round the ‘keeper before getting near the byline and crossing to Solomon Ogunwomoju, who coolly slotted the ball home into the bottom left corner.
In the 75th minute, Hatch Lane had a chance to get back on level terms. Good interplay down the left eventually saw the ball fall to Gebrai, but his effort from the edge of the box didn’t trouble Lefever. In the 87th minute, Flyhouse sealed the win. Great interplay between Lloyd John and Kai Brown leaves the latter through on goal and he kept his cool to slide past the onrushing Arnauchkov, to make it 3-1.
In the closing minutes of the game, both teams were reduced to ten men for separate incidents and there were no further chances of note before the referee blew the full time whistle, crowing Flyhouse Athletic the Essex Sunday Premier Cup Champions.
Flyhouse Athletic Squad: Grant Lefever, Solomon Ogunwomoju (68’), Ashley Daniels, Danny Fuller, Warren James, Gabriel Ogunwomoju, Jake Fenton, Jordan Mullings, Kieran James (64’), Billy Gray, Steven McCormick, Josh Olukolu, Lloyd John, Kai Brown (87’), Tyrone Scarlett, Gbemi Olokun
Hatch Lane Squad: Martin Arnauchkov, Tremayne Coley, Samrai Gebrai, Lucio Vare (39’), Kevin Bondjanga, Ashaan Siddik, Kirk McPherson, Mekael Williams, Issac Nksoi, Amaree Robinson-Jones, Billy Golledge, Psaul Henry, Tyler Hinds, Ayrton Andrews, Ashley Wackers, Ruben Carvalho, Wisley Baltazar
Referee: Samuel Everitt
Assistant Referees: James Allaoui and Oliver Townsend
Fourth Official: Adam Miller
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