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Olympian League review.
Birkdale Trophies Challenge Cup Semi-Final
Cassiobury Rangers are through to their second cup final appearance in three years in this competition after narrowly overcoming Reed Rangers 3-2. It meant Reed suffered a second successive week of semi-final heartbreak after losing out the week before in the President’s Cup on penalties.
George Minihan headed Reed in front after 14 minutes, but the lead lasted only two minutes when Jack Henley headed home Rob Tomlinson flick-on. Rangers regained the upper hand in the final minute of the half when following a long throw, Lucas Gibbons scored via the crossbar.
The second half was mostly one way towards the Reed goal, but they looked like holding on until 17 minutes from time when Joe Mortimer equalised from six yards.
With their tails up, Cassiobury were now in control of the game and with six minutes remaining Brima Johnson fired home a pass from Chris Parrott to win the tie.
Ken Simmons Memorial Cup Semi-Final
Oxhey Park defeated Colne Valley Reserves 3-1 in a very tight affair.
It came down to the oldest saying in football - 'taking your chances' - something Oxhey Park did and their opponents didn’t.
Oxhey scored two quick-fire goals through Trafford Nolan after just four minutes and then ten minutes later Shane Flynn.
For the most of the rest of the opening half, Valley Reserves dominated the game and missed several good chances, with Jack Wilson the main culprit.
However, they did pull a goal back nine minutes after the restart when Chris Day raced through to slot home from the edge of the box.
Again Valley had the better of the chances but Oxhey’s well-organised defence held firm. And with Valley throwing players forward looking for the equaliser, William Fowler scored his side's third goal following a swift counter-attack two minutes into time added on.
Birkdale Trophies Challenge Quarter-Final
Holders Headstone Athletic easily swept aside second division Brookside 7-0 to reach the last four once again.
Brookside bravely held out for most of the opening period until Harry Healey brook down their stubborn resistance late on.
It was one-way traffic after the break as Headstone scored a further six goals, including two from Healey to complete his hat-trick, and singles from Dan Stack, Tom O’Malley, Dan Page and Shiva Kurup.
Chairman’s Cup Group A
Inter booked their place in the semi-final with a 4-1 win over Watford Labour Club.
Mark Bedford made the most of a dreadful defensive mix-up to give Labour the lead but Inter hit back before the break thanks to goals from Lewis Cole and Richard Lawson.
Inter scored twice more late on through Kasim Shah and Freddie Holmes.
Chairman’s Cup Group B
Amici confirmed their place in the last four with a 4-1 victory in this 'winner-takes-all' match against Aquis.
Mitch Weiss and Dave Morrish both scored braces, while James Robinson netted the Aquis goal in the first half which had briefly levelled the scores.
Woodside have now opened up a four-point advantage at the top of the table after a 3-0 win over bottom-placed Kings Langley.
Kings made it very difficult for their opponents in the first half and it wasn’t until the 62nd minute that Woodside finally broke the deadlock thanks to Drew Snailham’s half-volley from the edge of the box.
Dale Dresh netted a penalty nine minutes later and the win was rounded off by Dom David seven minutes from time.
Tudor Arms twice had to come from behind to defeat Colne Valley 4-2.
Lawrence Anscomb and Tom Seamons both scored to give Valley the lead either side of Tudor goals from Luke Pochetty and Lee Taylor.
Arms won the game with two goals in the final 20 minutes from James Roope and a second from Pochetty.
Pavilion Rangers beat Headstone Lions 5-0 to move into third place thanks to efforts from Martindale, Aston-Woods, Purdham, Hessey and an own goal.
Darren O'Brien netted a hat-trick as Cassiobury Revolution beat Bushey Olympians 5-2.
Mark Earthowl and Paul Shelock were also on target for the victors, while Aaron Crawford replied twice for Bushey.
A goal in each half from Chris Kimonos and Matthew McMahon was enough for Bovingdon to see off Ebury Olympians 2-0.