Old Meadonians lose out in Greenland Cup final
Winchmore Hill 2 Old Meadonians 0
Winchmore Hill took modest revenge for the drubbing they received from Old Meadonians in the Amateur Football Alliance Middlesex and Essex cup last season by beating them two nil goals to win the A.F.A. Greenland Cup, a preseason celebration for Champions held at Chiswick Poly on Saturday.
The score adequately reflected ‘The Hill’s’ superiority, generated from the fact that they had ten of their squad on show to Meads’ meagre five. Meads’ balance was made up of five who have now dropped out of the reckoning, two apprentices and two trialists and meant that they were rarely able to mount a serious challenge.
In perfect weather and on a pitch in excellent condition but slightly lacking in width, Meads’ strikers Ed Glover and seventeen year old Albert Adomah rarely found the space to use their pace and were held in a vice-like grip by a tight defence. Winchmore, on the other hand, played a very compact possession game, and, prompted by mid-fielder Neil Hurst, the best player on show, kept Meads’ creaking defence at full stretch.
It came as no surprise when Jimmy Zang found himself isolated at the back and was outsmarted by Andy Hingley for the first on twenty minutes. Meads’ only reply in the first half was Dwayne Rhone’s twenty yarder which skimmed the bar. The restart saw Winchmore tighten their grip on the mid-field as their opponents brought on aging subs. Adomah conjured an opening fifteen minutes in but hiss shot from the edge of the area hit the bar. The game was clinched with ten minutes to go when a missed clearance gave Lonnie the chance to slot home from close in Bla Bla found himself free on the right to give Kris Sayers no chance.
Team: Sayers, Zang, (Pearce), Hanley, Butler, Rhone, Costello, McCombe, Fox, (Jordan), McGuinness, (Wapshott), Glover, Adomah.
September 20, 2005