WEEK 37 REVIEW: Review of all the league and cup action from the weekend
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DIVISION FOUR CUP FINAL
The last midweek saw the start of the Essex Alliance League cup final season which opened with the climax of the Division Four Cup as Chingford Harriers and Flyers Under 21s went in search of the silverware at Dagenham & Redbridge. A first half of few chances saw the middle third dominating the games. Flyers probably had the better of the chances that were created and, early in the second half, certainly went the closest as they twice got on the end of corner deliveries, hitting the bar with the second. Some great Harriers defending ensured they stayed level and took it to a shootout. It was Flyers who took victory from the spot-kicks, winning 3-1 to lift the trophy!
SENIOR DIVISION CUP
FC Petrocub have put themselves through to the semi-finals of the Senior Division Cup competition this season as they came on the right side of a thriller at home to CSM London, edging it by the odd goal in nine in a 5-4 result. James Blake had scored twice for CSM and one apiece from Munnir Saad and Sameer Patel. But those efforts proved in vain as FC Petrocub confirmed a home semi against Lymore Gardens.
DIVISION THREE CUP
It was semi-final day for two sides in the Division Three Cup competition with Old Barkabbeyans Reserves and Glendale battling it out for the right to face FC Baresi Under 23s in the final next week. Despite a strong first half from the Dales, it was second placed Old Barks who came through the victors on the day with a 5-0 success. Dre Ferlisi netted two with Chris Plummer, Jay Elliott and Michael Ryder scoring the others to send them to the final.
The top flight action was completed in the last midweek as, firstly, Woodford East went into their last game against Jolof Sports knowing they needed all three points to get runners-up. But Jolof were in fine form that evening as Aly Gueye scored twice, his efforts supplemented by strikes from Abraham Gassama, Ebrima Cham and Modou Toure in a 5-0- success. That result meant that Chadwell Heath Spartans were confirmed as the runners-up in the Senior Division.
On Thursday evening, the very last game of a long season saw Chigwell Town hosting FC Petrocub under the lights down at Buckhurst Hill. Despite getting an early lead, Town were eventually pegged back by the visitors as FC Petrocub completed a 3-2 comeback win. Phorell Brooke and Ben Hale scored the Town goals as they celebrated avoiding the drop after some good form in recent weeks.
There was just one league game left to play in the Premier Division and what an important game it was with Oakside knowing they needed three points against cup finalists London Park City to confirm promotion to the Senior Division. Things couldn’t have gone much better as ‘Side recorded an emphatic 9-0 win on the day to finish as runners-up and move up to the top flight for 2022/23.