Match of the Marsh: Stratford on for the double

Juniors make Jubilee Cup final

Stratford Juniors boss Jude Thadeo Kisirinya is confident his side can make club history by completing a league and cup double.

The Division One leaders are through to the Jubilee Cup final after a hat-trick from Geovan Cruz led his side to a 6-2 win over Division Two promotion-chasers Gevic Palace.

Juniors currently lead Division One by three points and with three games left are in a great position to achieve their goals.

“It has been three years since we reached cup finals in 2008, but to reach the London Jubilee Cup finals after such a long period of time means a lot, feels so special, it is a big honour because so many clubs were in the competition and were one of the last two in final but it has been such hard work that we have reached where we are now,” Kisirinya said.

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“If you look at the history of our Club we have never won both cup and league in one season but to do so, we shall be very delighted and this will be a big step forward in the achievements of Stratford Juniors.

“I’m very confident that we can win both because when you look at the league, we are three points clear with a game in hand to us. We have now played 16 games unbeaten so we have a big chance to win both however I can’t under estimate our opponents.”

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Juniors were professional in their victory over lower division Gevic. Cruz scored the first three goals for Startford, with second half strikes from Carey Eastwood, Manuel Lopez da Costa and Kwasi Fayah sealing their progress.

“I’m delighted about the solid performance which the boys put up in the game yesterday,” Kisirinya said.

“Our opponents were really very determined in the first 30 minutes of the game but we kept working hard and we were able to eventually break them down and emerge victorious.

“I think yes (we deserved to win), considering the fact that we dominated the game for so long, with such a high tempo, with precise passing such that our opponents could not match our game and looked so tired and really felt our pressure all the time.

“Cruz was the best player in my opinion, he scored a hat-trick, he really gave our opponents hard time upfront because he is very quick, comfortable on the ball, links up so well with midfielders and his movement really destabilised their back four.”

Stratford: Da Costa 6, Bukenya 8, Sande 8, Olayemi 6, Eastwood 8, Quarty 8, Amoaku 7, I Bukenya 8, Oluwaseyi 7, Geovanne 9*, da cruz 8. Subs: Kwasi 6, Walusimbi 6, Kizito 6.

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