Match of ther Marsh: Startford Juniors capture Jubilee Cup
Juniors capture cup after 5-1 win over Inter Moore
Stratford Juniors boss Jude Thaded Kisirinya praised the effort of his side after they captured the Jubilee Cup following a 5-1 win over Inter Moore.
The Division One champions dominated their Premier League opponents and claimed their first trophy in three years at Wadham Lodge in Walthamstow on Sunday.
Liban Ababakar and Geovanni Fernandes both struck twice, while Charles Quartey was also on target.
It was a remarkable victory considering Inter Moore are second in the top flight and still have a chance of becoming champions with two games left.
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“We beat so many top tier teams and I am delighted with the achievement,” Kisirinya said.
“We lost won a cup three years ago and it is great testament for all the hard work the boys have put in. We have won Division One and now a cup. We had a poor start to the season, but I don’t think we have lost in 21 games.
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“A lot of the players train and work every day and this cup is their reward.”
It was Inter Moore who started the better of the sides and dominated the opening 35 minutes, but two late goals put Stratford in charge.
The cup winners were excellent in the second half and produced a stunning display to take the cup home.
“They pressed us well in the first half so we changed our game plan in the second half,” Kisirinya said.
“We played with more width and at a higher tempo and it seemed to work. Our captain John Bukenynu at centre half was excellent for us.”
His opposite number Tony Fields was pleased with his side’s performance but rued errors which handed the advantage to Stratford.
“We gave a couple of goals away in the first half and one at the start of the second, but after watching how my boys approached the encounter I got a lot out of the game,” he said.
“We battered them in the opening 35 minutes or so and played really well and I was extremely happy.
“I don’t think the occasion got to my boys that would be taking too much away from the opposition. Fair play to them for winning.”
Moore now can focus all their attention on the league and need four points from their two remaining matches against strugglers Romania Galaxy and AC Lucia, both of whom are in the bottom three.
“I’m not going to say we will do it, but we will try,” Fields smiled.