Match of the Marsh: Homerton reach final after win over Gems

Homerton Rangers B boss Eugene Egan believes his outfit have an excellent chance of causing a Dick Coppick Cup final upset against division rivals Byron.

Rangers beat fellow Division Two side Gems 2-1 on Sunday to set up the match against Byron, who have already achieved promotion for next season.

The pair has already clashed twice in the league, with the second placed side winning 5-1 and 7-4, but although Egan concedes it will be a tough challenge, believes his side of a great chance of success.

“Our results against them this season have been quite alarming, but if we take our chances I believe we can win the game,” he said.

“They were actually quite lucky to beat us in the 7-4 match, so we can take hope from that, but we know they will be a very tough team to beat and I am sure they will go for it.”

Homerton will however go into the match buoyed by their performance in their semi-final match against Gems.

“It was total domination and if I am being truthful we probably should have scored a lot more,” Egan said.

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“We have only won three league games this season, but we were positive heading into the match because we had beaten them before and we were well worth the win.”

John Kennedy opened the scoring after 19 minutes with a sweet volley from inside the area after he was played in by man of the match Tyrone Gannon.

The lead was doubled after 58 minutes when a superb through ball by Neil Patrick found Allan Hussain, who finished well.

Gems fought back and scored six minutes later and although they controlled the final minutes of the match failed to force an equaliser.

“When they got a goal back I got a bit nervous,” Egan admitted.

“We sat back and invited pressure. We were far too deep, but we held out and are deservedly in the final.”

Homerton: Rosa 7, Rosseter 8, Cox 8, Board 8, Thomas 8, Whiteman 8, Patrick 8, Hussain, Hodge 7, Gannon 9*, Kennedy 8.

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