Its a Beavers-Stones Final!
By Rob Overfield
Hampton leave it late to subdue tenacious Villains in Middlesex Senior Cup semi-final.
3 goals in the last 10 minutes for the Beavers turned this tie around after the Villains made the boys work hard at Rectory Meadows.
Hampton were slowest off the blocks as the hosts tore right into them from the start, the game quickly degenerating into a midfield battle.
Chances were few and far between, but the Villians took the lead in the 28th minute.
Michael Kamara's backpass was short of weight to Sam Howes, and Ocansey was able to pick it up, round Howes and pop into into the back of the net.
The Villains goal was not being really threatened as the home team had done their homework, organising themselves to breakdown and frustrate the Beavers, and at half time, it wasn't looking good for the Hampton boys.
At the start of the second half, Dowse made an immediate change, taking off Tom Jelley and letting Brendan Kiernan off the leash, and soon the Beavers were looking more dangerous.
Duncan Culley, who was getting little change from a resolute pair of centre backs, managed to hit the post within minutes of the restart before Kienan had a great chance 10 minutes later, which went wide of the post.
With 10 minutes to go, it was starting to look nail biting for the Hampton fans but once the Beavers scored, it was effectively game over.
Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick found himself in the right place on the edge of the box to lash home the shot after Villains keeper Ashby-Hammond had spilled the ball under pressure.
Less then 5 minutes later, Hampton took the lead, and this time, it was as sweet a goal as you'll see. Christian Jolley cut in from the left and fired home a crisp shot from the angle of the box, beating the keeper's dive to enter inside the far post.
Hanworth were now looking less of the organised team they had done for over 75 minutes, and with seconds to go, Hampton took advantage. Hippolyte-Patrick clipped a cross into the box, and Brendan Kiernan was on hand to send it past the keeper and confirm the Beavers place in the Senior Cup Final.
Speaking today, Dowse heaped praise on the players.
"They were brilliant last night against a well organised side. Ok, they went behind but they stayed patient and took their chances in the last 10 minutes."
"They've earned their cup final, and they did it themselves. Not from what I said, but by their own hard work."