Photograph by Danny Lewis
Wednesday 25th April 2017
Middlesex FA Premier Cup Final
Hillingdon Borough 1-4 Broadfields United
Hillingdon Borough: Faux-James (86)
Broadfields United: Spinks (11, 62), Kimona (35), Gardner (84)
Hillingdon Borough booked their place in this final beating Harefield United 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Their opponents, Broadfields United won their semi final tie against Rayners Lane 4-1. Both teams looked up for it before the match, but it was to be a very one sided game, as Broadfields continued their record of scoring four goals or more in every round of this cup.
Hillingdon Borough started the game slowly and were punished by their opponents in the 11th minute. A free kick was played in from deep by Aiden Callanan and Borough failed to convincingly deal with it. The ball fell to Callum Spinks and he volleyed it into the top corner to open the scoring for Broadfields with a very well taken goal.
Borough survived a few scares shortly after, but Broadfields doubled their lead in the 35th minute from another Callanan free kick. The initial ball in was met by a Hillingdon Borough head, however they didn’t get enough distance on their clearance and Rex Kimona volleyed in to make the scores 2-0.
Both sides had half chances before the break but none were converted, meaning that the sides went in with Broadfields United 2-0 up.
Hillingdon Borough came out fighting to try and get back in the game. They struggled to get any real clear cut chances but they were looking on top. In the 62nd minute they were made to pay for their lack of a clinical edge as Broadfields extended their lead further. It was another free kick from Callanan that created the chance, this time it went over every Hillingdon Borough player and Callum Spinks volleyed in to get his second of the game and his team’s third. The strike wasn’t as clean as his first but Broadfields didn’t care as this put them in a very strong position.
Broadfields regained control of the game after this goal and in the 84th minute they asserted their dominance further by getting a fourth. Dene Gardner had been on the pitch less than half an hour, but he walked the ball past three Hillingdon Borough defenders, rounded their goalkeeper Rory Mullane and then passed it into the gaping net, making it 4-0 to Broadfields United.
There was to be a consolation for Hillingdon Borough as they showed a ruthlessness that they had been lacking for most of the match. The ball was played up to Tashan Jordan who flicked the ball on. Rio Faux-James ran onto it, beating the defenders for pace and then placed it to the right of the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 4-1.
Prince Mbengui picked up a shoulder injury in the dying minutes, meaning that Hillingdon Borough had to finish the game with 10 men. Both teams competed until the very end of the game, but in the end it was Broadfields United who lifted the Middlesex FA Premier Cup trophy.
Hillingdon Borough (4-2-3-1)
Mullane; J. Walters, Mehmet, Gurteen, Rhone; Mbengui, Williams (Lee HT); Jordan, Harewood (Faux-James 67), Thomas (L. Walters 70); Burton
Broadfields United (5-3-2)
Atwell; McCrea, O’Neill, Edwards, Lewis-Robinson, Callanan (Anderson-Richards 70); Henrey, Smith (Somers 77), Rivet; Kimona, Spinks (Gardner 70)
MAN OF THE MATCH
All of Broadfields United’s first three goals came from his free kicks, which shows how much Hillingdon Borough struggled to deal with them. Aside from that he did well defensively and was rarely beaten, while he also helped his side move up the pitch. He was taken off in the 70th minute when the game was pretty much settled.