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On a gloriously sunny afternoon on Saturday at Mayesbrook Park, FC Petrocub became the third side to represent the league in a county cup final as they took on a side who have twice won the competition previously in the form of Kent County League side, Ten-Em-Bee.
It was a difficult start for FC Petrocub as an early corner in the second minute from Ten-Em-Bee saw a short game of head tennis within the six yard box eventually turned over the line to give the holders a little cushion. Despite the early setback, both sides were well matched and saw plenty glisten the middle third of the field without defences really being asked a question. Ten-Em-Bee did have a goal ruled out on the quarter hour before FC Petrocub finally got themselves into a promising position with a shot stopped low down by the keeper. And moments late, FC Petrocub finally got a deserved equaliser with the best goal of the game as a drilled effort nestled into the very top corner of the net to see the sides level at the break.
The second half saw FC Petrocub edge the early proceedings and they will rue a number of key chances while on top with a sequence of set pieces and a good free-kick fly just inches wide of the post. With players from both sides starting to feel cramp setting in, Ten-Em-Bee struck a crucial second goal to regain control as good play on the edge of the box found the forward in half a yard of space and he stroked in from twelve yards. And if that goal was already enough, there was a mountain to climb moments later as Ten-Em-Bee exposed tiring legs to break clear of the defence, squaring to the far post to tap in a third to make it 3-1. FC Petrocub should have halved the deficit with ten minutes to go as quick feet got the attacker eye to eye with the keeper but, leaning back too far, his effort went over the bar. The referee blew shortly after to confirm a third successive London Junior Cup victory for the winners.
Commiserations to FC Petrocub who had put in some sterling performances to reach the final and should be satisfied with their efforts in hot conditions and against such quality opponents.