Beavers sneak past Villa into MFA Final
An injury time penalty sends Hampton into the Senior Cup Final.
Hampton found it hard going against a well organised Hanworth Villa side in the Middlesex Senior Cup Semi final but a cannonball Michael Kamara penalty, deep in injury time, got them into the Middlesex FA Senior Cup Final.
The Villans had the first decent opening as Smith-Joseph came free down the Hampton right, his shot on entering the box drifted wide however.
It took until the 35th minute for the Beavers for create their first chance, debutant Sam Gallagher's shot, although on target, turned into an easy take for Villans keeper Balvinder Khaira.
Just before the break, Khaira could so nearly have been given a red card for a challenge outside his area, but the referee decided it was only worth a yellow card.
Duncan Culley was brought on at the start of the second half, and the Beavers slowly started to get back into the game. It took until the hour mark and the introduction of Brendan Kiernan to really spark the Beavers into life.
On 66, the Beavers thought they had taken the lead through Sam Gallagher's stab home from close range but the assistant's flag was up for offside and the young Aussie was denied.
Hampton were by now applying some pressure and with less than 10 minutes left, they did finally prise open the Hanworth defence as Pavey managed to force the ball into the net, despite shouts from the Hanworth defence for offside.
Having forced open the visiting defence, the Beavers then proceeded to leave theirs open; newly introduced substitute Sam Cheetham rifling home for the right to beat Howes and bring the teams back level.
It was starting to look like the dreaded penalty shootout would be needed to separate the teams, but with seconds of added time remaining, Culley was deemed to have been brought down by Khaira inside the box.
Michael Kamara stepped up, and with nerves of steel, lashed the spot-kick past the keeper off the bar and into the net.
The other semi-final had gone to penalties, with Wealdstone winning that 3-1 to set up a tasty final against our old friends from Grosvenor Vale, at a venue to be decided...