Islington & Camden claim Watkin Cup

CIu12A TEAM of young footballers are set to get their hands on a forgotten treasure after the Islington and Camden District team won the Under-12 Middlesex Schools’ Inter-District League for this first time in almost 45 years.

The newly-crowned champions were sworn in after smashing six past Brent at the Capital City Academy in Willesden on Saturday. Their dominant display was rewarded with a 6-0 victory – a result that saw them finish a point ahead of Barnet at the top of the table – and reunited them with the Watkin Cup, which they last won in 1974. 

“I’m so proud of all the boys,” beamed coach Chris Mozo. “They have worked tirelessly all season, not just on the pitch but also in training. That hard work has paid off in the best possible way, by winning a trophy that Islington and Camden hasn’t managed to lift in 44 years.” The visitors took the lead midway through the first half when Stephane Mgbaida capitalised on some poor defending to race free and beat the goalkeeper. The goal lifted the team’s confidence and it wasn’t long before they doubled their advantage courtesy of another clinical finish from the impressive Mgbaida. 

The floodgates opened and the combined Islington and Camden team were celebrating goal after goal, with Joe gas in the second half, but still managed to find another goal, this time courtesy of substitute Santiago Paulido’s wellplaced finish. “We deserve to be the champions,” Chris added. “We scored more goals than anyone else, had the best defensive record and lost just one league game all season. “To be the first side from Islington & Camden to win the Watkin Cup since 1974 tells you all you need to know about their achievement. Now we’re just waiting to find out when we will be presented with the trophy.” 

Islington and Camden Squad: Ossi Valtanen, Tyreese Piper-Burt (C), Kian Morgan, Sheldon Poku-Nyarko, Jayden Miller, John Gurie, Joe Gurie, Oscar Philips, Stephane Mgbaida, Cem Najati, Santiago Paulido, Jack Vargas, Fabian Barford and Seyi Kogbadokie. 

Finchley Catholic win 2nd XI Championship

Elthorne Park 2-4 Finchley Catholic

U18 2nd XI League Championship Final
9th May 2018

U18 2nd XI League Final

A dominant first half performance helped Finchley Catholic High School to claim the 2nd XI League Championship thanks to victory in the Final at Elthorne Park.

Elthorne Park had finished at the top of the League Table going into the Play-Offs, but had no answer to their visitors’ dominance of possession during the first half, in which Finchley swept into a 3-0 lead.

The home side battled back valiantly during the second period and reduced the arrears to 3-2. However, a late goal for Finchley settled any nerves and ensured the title went to the visiting side.

Finchley Catholic High School 2nd XI

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Cardinal Wiseman win Kay Cup

Cardinal Wiseman 4-3 Fortismere

U12 Kay Cup Final
23rd April 2018

FortismereU12Cardinal Wiseman rallied from two goals down to claim the Kay Cup at the end of a thrilling Final, played at Silver Jubilee Park, the home of Hendon FC and Edgware Town FC.

The game started quite cautiously, as might be expected, with Cardinal Wiseman dominating possession and playing some nice passing football.

Fortismere then seemed to get into the game and created a lot of pressure in the Cardinal Wiseman half, leading to a slightly scrappy goal for Fortismere. The pressure continued and Fortismere scored a nicely worked goal from the left foot of their striker.

Wiseman scored just before half time to give themselves a foothold in the game. Early in the second half, Fortismere scored from a well-worked through ball and seemed to settle into a 3-1 lead with about 20 minutes left.

Wiseman then scored from a well taken corner and their team rallied to apply more and more pressure which lead to a spread defence and they scored again. With only five minutes left, they were the dominant team and their pressure led to another goal from a set piece.

Fortismere pushed forwards, nearly scoring but the shot went just over the bar. The final score was 4-3 to Cardinal Wiseman, an excellent comeback from 3-1 and showing real determination

Congratulations to both teams on reaching the Final and especially to Cardinal Wiseman on their victory. The Middlesex Schools’ FA wishes to place on record its thanks to the management of Silver Jubilee Park for their exemplary hosting of the match. We are grateful to Mr Cox of Fortismere for compiling the match report and taking the photo of the Fortismere team shown above.

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