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The first cup final berth of the season has been confirmed following Sunday’s Corinthian Cup Semi Final in Walthamstow which saw Division One’s Leyton Falcons take on Premier Division side, Warren United. An incredibly close match saw the Division One outfit take their illustrious opponents right through to a penalty shootout as the game ended level at 3-3 after extra time. Zachery Leitch scored twice and one goal from each of Keiron James and Kartel James accounted for the Celtic goals with James Peagram responding with a brace of his own to accompany Sean Green’s goal onto the scoresheet. But Warren showed their prowess from the penalty spot to win 4-2 in the shootout and confirm their place in the final at Thurrock on 8th April.
DIVISION THREE CUP
There was cup quarter final action in the Division Three Cup on Sunday as FC United of Hornchurch looked to add cup success to their league form so far this season. They took on an Alpha side who have slipped back in the league just recently and were looking for a cup run to inspire a resurgent comeback. But it was the hosts who booked themselves a place in the last four as Tom King and Shane Cassidy goals saw them to a narrow 2-1 win on the day.
Back into the league action, the Premier Division leaders, Emerson Park, were in action with a first of two matches in 36 hours as they took on fourth placed Flanders in East Ham. Flanders will have been the happier of the sides as they cruised to a 4-1 victory aided by a hat-trick performance from Shomari Barnwell and a Sydney Ekiyo strike to hand them just a second league victory of the season.
Down in Division One, there were some hugely important results for the sides at the top end of the table as Ultimate Vision maintained their five point lead with a 6-2 victory at home to Korona Redbridge. Having raced into a 3-0 lead, they saw that cut to 3-2 as goals from Adam Waclawczyk and Sebastian Wiklik for Korona started a fight back. Luke Thomas starred though for Vision with a four goal haul with Jack Mooney and Sean Bush also netting to win it for them.
Keeping up the pace with Vision and the other title chasing sides were the East London Old Boys who made the journey into Leyton to take on Waltham Athletic knowing that only a victory would retain their hopes of staying in the race. The difference between the sides proved to be Thomas Quinn who netted four goals to lead the way to victory with a James Playle goal rounding off a 5-0 win.
Barking & Dagenham Wanderers kicked off the first part of a Park Tavern double header across two weekends with a victory in a well contested battle at Castle Green. With the sides level on points at the start of the day, Gozie Ndukwe and Nick Tormey scored for Tavern but saw their efforts rendered as mere consolation with Ricky Brown, Ashton Lord, Liam Roney and Christopher Donnellan each netting for the Wanderers in an eventual 4-2 win.
There are new leaders in Division Two following the weekend’s action as Chingford Athletic make their climb to the summit courtesy of a big home win against fourth placed Barca. Michael Johnson scored an astonishing five goals which, added to Michael Mignot’s brace, cancelled out Barca strikes from Billy Barr and Nebil Saleh in a 7-2 final scoreline.
There was a huge shock in the day’s other Division Two action where county cup semi finalists and title chasing Upshire were the visitors to London Fire Brigade. Jon Aldridge, David Moore and Yomi Popoola shocked the visitors with three goals as the hosts put a big dent in Upshire’s title aspirations, holding on to secure a narrow 3-2 win on the day.
The closest of all the league title chases is still looking to be in Division Three with three (or possibly four) sides are heading for an end of season showdown for title honours. Ridgeway Rovers stay top by two points as they overcame the efforts of Alliance United at home in a 3-2 victory. Robert Ashdown and Jamie Rump scored the United goals but they fell short ultimately in their chase for points.
Dagenham United Reserves’ assault on the title continued and they are up to second place on goal difference as they romped to an 11-2 win on Sunday against Roneo Colts at Robert Clack. Not a side shy of finding the back of the net, there were a hat-trick of hat-trick heroes as Loui Hazelwood, Sean Thomas and Gary Adams netted three times each adding to Charlie Perry and Matthias Lionel goals in a substantial victory.
And completing the day’s action in this division, Hornchurch Oakmont took full advantage of the results of sides around them to climb up from eighth to fifth in the table with a hard fought 5-2 victory away at Asianos Reserves. They are now just a point behind Alpha with a couple of games in hand, including one against each other.
In Division Four, East Ham Inter have climbed up a place to third in the standings following a big win on the road on Sunday against the side they replace in that position, Highams Park Royals. Inter ran out 4-0 victors to make their move up the table but with just four league matches remaining, their title hopes remain slim but a promotion place remains well within reach.
It was a busy weekend of West Essex Charity Cup and Trophy action with four quarter finals taking place involving sides from the Corinthian League. Goresbrook are through to the semi finals as they upset the odds to see off Division Two side Masterman in Chadwell Heath. A closely fought opening half saw the sides level 0-0 at the break but three second half efforts handed the hosts a 3-0 win.
Also in the Trophy competition, Lonsdale were the hosts in their clash against Combination side, Royal Albert. After going behind early on, Lonsdale fought back to level at 1-1 and missed chances to win the game before conceding a late penalty, exiting the competition 2-1.
In the Cup competition, in a repeat of last season’s final in the same competition, Valentines United took on Eva Hart in Barkingside with the hosts looking to dash thoughts of that final last season. But Eva Hart’s continued liking for the competition saw them through in a 3-0 scoreline to book a semi final spot.
And in the weekend’s remaining action, Emerson Park took to the field for the second time in the weekend for their floodlit Monday night clash with Waltham Abbey Reserves in Harlow. Despite having the better of the opening quarter including hitting the woodwork, they conceded late in the half to go in 1-0 down at the break. In a frantic second period, Abbey scored at each end of the half to overcome their Sunday league opponents in a 3-0 victory