Old Meads see off crackling challenge in cup tie

A.F.A. Senior Cup Result - Old Meadonians 3  Bromleians Sports 1


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Holders, Old Meadonians, showed that they are almost back to their best by seeing off a crackling challenge from Bromleians Sports, visitors to Riverside Lands on Saturday.

Proof that this was a notable achievement is demonstrated by the fact that the visitors, who are currently fourth in the first division of the Kent County League, are within reach of the premier division, which is a feeder to the professional ranks.

Injuries to both Meads’ experienced strikers, Colin Hawkins and Ed Glover have meant that this was only the third time they have started together this season. However, backed by a rock solid defence in which the resurgence of Alex Hugh Jones seems to have adequately compensated for the loss of centre back Ian Williamson, now working in Paris, and a midfield which was not inclined to let anything pass, Hawkins and Glover proved too hot to handle. The only thing missing was the killer touch, as the chances eluded them, but a return of confidence will help this.

When Hawkins came off with half an hour to go, young pretender Albert Adomah’s pace added a final twist to the wrack. Meads’ first came on ten minutes from an unexpected source as Bromleians’ keeper Rob O’Hara, a stalwart so far this season got a bobble on a back pass and Glover’s optimistic follow-up was rewarded as he netted from a narrow angle.

Meads pace up front then meant that as Bromleians strove for the equaliser they were hit on the break, but despite this they equalised on twenty five minutes when a cross from the right was converted at the far post by Dan Dill. Meads were back in the lead five minutes later when skipper Jack Costello’s free kick from just outside the box found its way through the wall via a deflection.

Meads’ place in the quarter-finals was booked ten minutes into the second half by Hawkins who sped through to slip the ball past the advancing keeper from fifteen yards. The back three were awarded joint MoM. Bromleians swallowed their disappointment to become welcome and affable occupants of the bar until well into the evening.

Teams: Meads: Sayers, Hanley, McCombe, Hugh Joness, Costello, Kearney, Bond, Quinn, Rhone, Hawkins, (Adomah), Glover.

Bromleians: O’Hara, Antione, Walker, Ryan, Comerford, Dill, Clifton, Williams, Umara, Godwin, Herbert.

January 17, 2006