Cup holders Black Meteors beat Shakespeare in extra time
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Black Meteors continued their defence of the Dickie Davies Cup with an extra-time 3-1 victory over Shakespeare at Hackney Marshes.
Antonio Miereno opened the scoring for Meteors, but his effort was cancelled out by the prolific Troy Deering just shy of the interval.
Neither side could find a route to goal in the second half, but Shakespeare’s resolute defence was unlocked in the first half of extra time by Richard Owusu and Meteors sealed their place in the final when Miereno doubled his account with minutes remaining.
Meteors’ cup final opponents Niva Unistream finished their Premier Division season in third place, after coming from behind to defeat Tottenham Phoenix 3-1.
Kevin Wakeling’s header gave Phoenix a first-half lead, but goals from Maks Voloskin, Roman Belenin and I Melesco sealed victory for Niva.
The Meteors will also line up against Division One opponents Wounded Knee in the Jack Walpole Cup in a fortnight. Knee finished their league campaign in disappointing fashion, losing 2-1 to Highfield FC.
Knee were behind on the hour-mark courtesy of Makus Renford’s strike, and the lead was doubled 10 minutes later by Joe Galbraith before Tom Parotte notched a late consolation.
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In Division Three, City Fliers moved top of the league after edging a seven-goal thriller 4-3 against Delta Athletic. Andy Shaw struck twice for City, and further efforts from Mickey Parker and Matt Stevens were enough to defeat a valiant Athletic side, who responded through Mark Hennessey, Mark Galea and Sultan Abbas.
The Fliers’ win moved them to the summit after Birkbeck Orient suffered a shock 6-0 defeat against fifth-placed Bocca Albion. Sam Norris’ double stretched Bocca’s advantage after they had led 2-0 at half-time, and two further strikes compounded Orient’s misery.
Birkbeck’s defeat meant that FC Duchess’ 2-0 win over Shoreditch Fire Penguins kept their faint title hopes alive. Third-placed Duchess moved four points clear of the Penguins in fourth courtesy of goals in each half by Daniel Crocket and Warren Pond.
In Division Four, leaders Maynell FC were toppled after losing 4-1 to Wojack Sunday.
Danio Brown, Ian Bruce and Dean Waite had given Wojack a 3-0 half-time lead, and while a strike from Daniel Moreno pulled a goal back for Maynell, Bradley Carter sealed victory for Wojack with 15 minutes remaining.
FC Haggerton overtook Maynell on goal difference after Peter Moncur’s hat-trick helped them to a comprehensive 8-3 win over Boston Celtic, while Leyton Orient Fans Trust and Top Red, beat Prince of Bow and Leyton Manor 7-4 and 12-0 respectively.