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COBRA 4-0 CUSTOM HOUSE COMMUNITY
DIVISION 5 CUP FINAL
After three previous failed attempts, the Division 5 Cup Final from 2019/20 finally got it's moment in the sun as Cobra met Custom House Community in front of a huge crowd at Mayesbrook Park. The opening exchanges of the first half belonged to Custom House as they were out of the blocks quickly and forced a couple of early chances but were unable to convert. But Cobra eased themselves in and took a deserved lead after 13 minutes as the winger found space in behind, squaring the ball for an easy finish at the far post to make it 1-0. After hitting the bar twice and forcing the Custom keeper into a big save, they scored a second after 35 minutes as a diagonal ball into the box was controlled superbly and slotted away for 2-0.
The second half began much like the first with Custom House Community almost netting in the early stages, a goal being ruled out for offside after a few seconds. They then struck the woodwork themselves before Cobra earned a penalty which was failed to be converted, the Custom House keeper with a solid stop. But it mattered not in the end as Cobra scored direct from a tight angled free-kick, in off the woodwork. They then scored a fourth in the dying moments to secure a hard fought and deserved win, breaking clear of the defence and slotting away from close range.
The full-time whistle was blown soon after to see Cobra win it 4-0 and pick up the inaugural Division 5 Cup silverware for their efforts. Congratulations to all involved at the club.
ASIANOS RESERVES 1-0 TITANS UNITED
DIVISION 4 CUP FINAL
Sunday's afternoon cup final pitted the present holders of the cup, Asianos Reserves, up against Titans United with the former looking to hang on to the title they won in 2018/19. Titans were seeking their first silverware as a club in just their second season.
A tentative start to the first half saw midfield battles on top in the early exchanges as the two sides tried to assert dominance against each other. The first chance fell the way of Titans United with the forward sprinting clear in the channel but his skewed effort was just wide of the post. Asianos tried their luck with a lob from range which went wide not long after and did eventually open the scoring through an excellent effort. The holders number 9, made a great run into the final third before checking back and shooting from the edge of the box into the corner, handing his side a 1-0 lead. Titans responded in positive fashion but a couple of speculative long range efforts were the most they could force in the first half.
Titans were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half and with 55 minutes played, should have levelled after their playmaker sent in a great ball into the box finding a forward who rounded the keeper but his final touch pushed him wider than hoped, allowing a defender to put in a goal-saving challenge. They twice further threatened the Asianos goal with long range efforts, the side in the lead retreating deep to hold on to their scoreline. With seconds to go, perhaps the best Titans chance saw a great cross thrown in but a header at the back post was glanced just wide, that being their final opportunity.
The referee's full-time whistle came moments later and confirmed another cup final victory for Asianos Reserves who retained their Division 4 Cup with that 1-0 scoreline. Congratulations to all involved with Asianos Reserves for a spirited performance.