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Olympian League review
2:50pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in Sport
A second-half Lee Taylor hat-trick complete an inspired comeback from Tudor Arms in their final Presidents Cup group match against fellow semi-final qualifiers Reed Rangers.
The current holders found themselves 2-0 down at half-time following goals from Jamie Speers and Dean Hammill, but changes made by the Tudor manager paid dividends as Taylor's treble gave them a 3-2 lead with 15 minutes to go before Ben Collins wrapped things up just before the end.
In the Birkdale Cup second round, Old Danes Athletic eased past Watford Labour 6-1 thanks to goals from Mark Shanahan (2), Ross Bennett, Tom Gee, Chris White and Tom Kennedy, with Charles Linsley replying.
The other match had a similar outcome as goals from Carl May (3), Sam Tattman (2), Steve Lovell, Matt Starling and an own goal gave Kings Langley an 8-1 victory over Roundbush, with Blaise Shevrington getting their consolation from the penalty spot.
The Chairman’s Cup group matches saw a Nathan Khider hat-trick, plus goals from Dan Bird and Jamie Pryke, gave Inter a 5-1 win against WD Athletic, with Paul Souster replying for the visitors.
Aquis lost out by the odd goal to Amici.
Strikes from Josh Noyes and James Brent gave Amici the led only for Andrew Smillie and Ralph Murduck to level for their opponents, before a second for Noyes secured the win.
Pavillion Rangers became the first team to book their place in the semi-finals, with goals from Dean Purdham (2) and Richard McCrossan giving them a 3-0 victory against FC APS.
The only Ken Simmons group game produced a total of 12 goals, with Oxhey Park proving the dominant side as they thumped Brookside 10-2 thanks to goals from Rob Blennerhassett (4), Charlie May (2), Shane Flynn (2), Ben Flynn and Tom Flynn. Paul Wise and Jordan Cocomazzi gave Brookside some consolation.
The sole Premier Division game of the day saw Woodside make a good start to the new year after a Dom David hat-trick and Joe McCarthy strike gave them a 4-1 win over Cassiobury Rangers.
Woodside found themselves 2-1 up at half-time thanks to two goals from David, but Cassiobury kept in the match through a Jack Henley strike. However, their opponents were the stronger in the second half and a further two goals sealed the win.
The battle between the second and third-placed clubs in Division Two took place, with Evergreen Olympians running out 3-1 winners against Bovingdon.
In what was a very tight match, Evergreen held a 1-0 lead at the break and scored a second shortly after the restart. However, Bovingdon pulled one back through Darren Keen and it needed a late Evergreen goal to secure the match.
Evergreen's scorers were Daniel Burke, Ryan Hayley and Darren Brady.
Bushey Olympians and Cassiobury Revolution both started a bit slow on what was a difficult pitch and only a Darren O’Brien goal for Cassiobury separated the teams at half time.
However, Revolution gained the upper hand in the second half and a second for O’Brien, plus strikes from Ahmet Top, Chris Massey and Callum Hearn, eased them to a 5-0 victory.