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Cup final season continues tomorrow night at Dagenham & Redbridge FC as the Division Two Cup reaches its climax with champions Grove United coming up against Cowley Community in the final.
It has been some story for new boys, Grove United, who only formed in the summer and have already gained unprecedented success in their very first season. They have reached the final tomorrow with wins against Newham Royals, St Francis Res and finally by edging out Leyton Green in the semi-final. This season, they have been engaged in a terrific battle for the league title with West Essex Res which went to the wire but saw Grove pick up the title at the first attempt. Couple this with terrific runs in the Fenton Cup and this evening’s cup competition and you would say that Grove have done rather well. Helped by the goals of Harry Chalk, who has notched 30 for the season already, they are a force to be reckoned with and will be looking forward to another successful campaign in 2015/16.
Facing Grove in the final tonight are Cowley Community. As the senior side of a well established youth football club that were founded in 1971, the club have a number of teams competing at different age groups in the East London area. The senior side has had a tremendous season, fighting on both the league and cup fronts. In fact, for much of the season Cowley were the side to beat and established a healthy lead in the league helped by the plentiful goals from star striker Izynna Ogedi-Uzokwe who has found the back of the net on 35 occasions. Cowley’s run to the final has encompassed wins against Custom House, Singh Sabha Barking before edging out Dagenham United 4-3 in the semi final.
In the league fixture between the two sides, Cowley Community inflicted Grove United’s only defeat of the season so you’d expect this to be a tightly contested affair tomorrow night.
Congratulations also to our third team tomorrow night, the match officials, who have worked hard on the field this season to earn themselves a place on this cup final. It’s an experienced line-up as Paul Shea is the man with the whistle tomorrow while Harry Dhillon and Dave Rivett accompany him with the flags. Our fourth official for the evening will be Gary Pickett.
Good luck to everybody involved in what should be a wonderful occasion.
Tickets for the match will be available at the turnstiles on the night at a cost of £5 (adults) and £3 (concessions).