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CONGRATULATIONS to the Sunday 1st Team in Knockout Cup Final WIN
|1st Division promotion hopefuls Harpenden Rovers were victorious against Premier Division title contenders Parkwood United in an enthralling Knockout Cup final on Sunday. They won 1 - 0, with a goal after only 13 minutes of the match. |
The goal (pictured above) came from Scott Allen with a wonderful back-post header resulting in the ball rippling across the length of the net. The delivery by Keith Thomas was another quality hoof up the park from a free kick which sailed over the target man Craig Redford, but was met beautifully by Scottie Allen who obviously anticipated the over-hit free-kick.
Rovers had come out strong from the start, and probably dominated the first half-hour, in which time Rovers thought they had a second when another sublime hoof from a Keith Thomas free-kick was once again over-hit, but this time it went direct through the fumbling hands of the Parkwood keeper and into the net. A strange decision then from the officials to disallow the goal for offside when there were no players anywhere near the goalmouth interfering with play.
Parkwood came back strongly after that with most of the possesion in the second-half without really threatening Geoff Thomas in goal thanks to some excellent defending. In fact Rovers even had the two clearest opportunities to score in the second-half. Giles Smith looked to have rounded the keeper, but went too wide then his cross-come-shot was too hard for Richard Michaels to direct acurately with the ball going just past the post. The missed sitter of the day though must go to Craig Redford, with an unchallenged back post header which just glanced his head and went well wide. This following a good one-two with Giles Smith, and a quality cross from Giles.
Venue: Toulmin Drive. Time: 2pm. Date: Sunday 7th April 2002.
Rovers had already beaten 3 Premier Division Teams en route to the final, including a marvellous semi-final victory at home against other Premier Division title challengers London Road Social by 3 goals to 1. This was all the more remarkable for the fact that Harpenden played with 10 men, and were a goal down to the resulting penalty, from the 15th minute of the game.
The two sides had met this season already at the Acre in the quarter final of the Challenge Cup, with Rovers then the victors having come back from 0-2 down to win 5-2!
|The winning team...|
Captain holds cup aloft
The winning captain Craig Redford lets out a great roar of triumph as he holds the cup aloft.