Hickey fires Beavers to victory in MSC Final
The Middlesex Senior Cup returns to Beveree after the Beavers defeated Wealdstone at The Vale, 3-2; Tom Hickey's 30 yard screamer being the winner.
The Beavers named their expected team with Rodney Chiweshe in goal, Darren Powell partnered Justyn Roberts in defence, Stuart Lake sat in his withdrawn midfield role with Luke Wanadio, Tom Hickey and Joe Turner formed the three in the centre. Tommy Brewer returned to a former club at right back and George Wells capped of a fine season at left back. The partnership of Dave Tarpey and Charlie Moone returned give the Wealdstone defence plenty to worry about.
The final started out at a breakneck pace as Scott McGleish hit the post after about 20 seconds of the match; Rodney Chiweshe having lost out to Charlie Penny by the bye line, the striker pulling it back to the veteran who couldn't take the chance.
However, on 4 minutes, the Stones took the lead. A long pass over the middle saw a foot race between Darren Powell and McGleish (a combined age of 78 on the chase), McGleish managed to slip the ball to Penny, who fired the ball past Chiweshe.
The Beavers were rocked but on 14 minutes, they got a slightly fortuitous free kick some 25 yards out as Wes Parker was adjudged to have fouled Charlie Moone, despite the defender ending up on the ground with a slight knock. Dave Tarpey and Justyn Roberts lined it up but Tarpey curled an exquisite right foot shot past the wall and into the unattended part of the goal, beating Garry Malone easily.
After the frantic start, the game settled down into a more disruptive pattern with only Tom Pett's curling shot on 32 minutes being the only chance of note, but 3 minutes later the Beavers grabbed the lead.
Joe Turner embarked on one of his trademark driving runs from the left; on the edge of the box, he managed to slip the pass inside to Dave Tarpey. The in-form striker struck the sweetest half volley you'll see for a while past Malone for his and the Beavers second.
After half time, Stones manager Gordon Bartlett elected to throw on Glen Little to try and change the game and change it he did. A free kick on 53 minutes from the Stones left was flicked on by Sean Cronin, and it beat Chiweshe with the hint the last contact might have been off a Hampton player.
Once again, the Stones held the upper hand and two minutes later they could have had the lead, but for some frantic goal line defending from the Beavers, blocking 3 shots in a 10 second spell; Justyn Roberts being the man closest to the action. The ball was cleared downfield and with their next chance, the Beavers took the fight out of Wealdstone.
The ball was headed clear, falling to Tom Hickey, who immediately lined up the shot. His first time half volley bulleted past Malone from 30 yards out, the keeper barely seeing the ball as it rocketed into the top corner. It was a goal worthy of winning a match at the highest levels of the game.
Wealdstone looked stunned by Hickey's brilliant strike and the Beavers took control. The Stones weren't completely out of the game, Little's shot on 74 minutes was palmed clear by Chiweshe but it was an isolated chance as Hampton stiffened the midfield and restricted the Stones to possession only, as they never looked like breaking through.
Ben Harris, one of those already committed to next season, nearly added his mark on the game in the 85th minute. Cutting in from the right, his drilled shot from 15 yds beat Malone, but crashed against the post and rebounded clear; a fourth goal would have added gloss to an already fine result.
The Cup will be on display at the Presentation night, Saturday next. Tickets are available from the club, at £10.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 3
Dave Tarpey 14', 35'
Tom Hickey 56'
Charlie Penny 4'
Sean Cronin 53'
Middlesex FA Man of the Match: Tom Hickey
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Rodney Chiweshe, 2 Tommy Brewer, 3 George Wells, 4 Stuart Lake, 5 Darren Powell, 6 Justyn Roberts, 7 Luke Wanadio (16 James Simmonds 73'), 8 Tom Hickey, 9 Dave Tarpey (17 Ben Harris 75'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Joe Turner.
Subs not used: 12 Harry Mills, 14 Reece Brewster, 15 Marcus Rose.
Wealdstone: 1 Garry Malone, 2 James Hammond (17 Glen Little 51'), 3 Jerome Okimo, 4 Wes Parker, 5 Sean Cronin, 6 Elliott Godfrey, 7 Scott McCubbin (16 Michael Malcolm 78'), 8 Luke Pigden (14 Stefan Bailey 69'), 9 Scott McGleish, 10 Charlie Penny, 11 Tom Pett.
Subs not used: 12 Peter Dean, 15 Mark Bentley.