(Incorporating Olympian Sunday Football League from 2016)
Affiliated to The Hertfordshire Football Association
By Mark Bunn
Junior Cup Semi-Final
AFC Bedmond became the first side through to the final of the Junior cup after an open exciting tie against Chess United, winning through in the end 5-3.
Bedmond started strong and took the lead through Connor Carney, after he spotted the Chess goalkeeper off his line and scored with a shot from around forty yards out. Chess soon equalised after Jordan Toomey was adjudged to have pushed a Chess forward in the box and Ali Shale dispatched the resulting penalty kick, but the same player soon made up for this error after Bedmond were awarded a penalty of their own when Connor Toomey was fouled inside the area, he stepped up and placed his penalty into the top right corner. He then set up Connor Toomey to again to give Bedmond a two-goal advantage. Chess pulled a goal back just before the break thanks to another penalty, their second and third of the half again scored by Ali Shale. In the second half Bedmond who extended their lead after a chipped ball from Connor Carney was played to Jake Davison who knocked it back to Lewis Toomey who fired the ball past the keeper. Bedmond scored a fifth through Tom Perman after Connor Carney once again crossed to the back post to allow Perman to fire home just inside the left post. Chess never gave up and scored a third through Matt Latchman late on.
Junior Cup Quarter-Final
Watford Town easily dispatched South Herts 6-1, and now face St Marys Harefield for the right to play AFC Bedmond in the final. Town opened the scoring through Ollie Lawford who lobbed the keeper. He then scored his and towns second with another lob. Alex Layton added to the goals with a headed flick on from a long throw to make it 3-0. Town made it 4-0 through Louis smith. South Herts did pull a goal back through Junior Lima, but Jordan Smith scored a fifth soon after. Ollie Lawford completed his hat trick from the spot to make it 6-1 late on.
Invitation Cup-Group A
Rifle Volunteer beat Langleybury CC 7-1. The win was enough for them to top the group, whilst the defeat meant that Langleybury missed out on a quarter-final place with Cassiobury qualifying instead. Having taken an early lead, they where awarded a penalty which saw a Langleybury player sent-off for a handball on the line, although the resulting penalty was missed, being down to ten players early on all but ended Langleybury’s hopes of qualification. Having held Rifle to the single goal until half-time but following an early second half goal the floodgates opened, with Rifle scoring six times, although Lenny Farhall scored a deserved consolation goal. Ish Ehui netted a hat-trick for Rfile, with Josh Helmore scoring a brace with Elliot Wilson and Ben Goode scoring a goal each. Rifle now Fox & Stone in the last eight.