Bromley Green 1-2 Park Farm Rangers
Park Farm Rangers lifted the Sheber Trophy at a sun-kissed Homelands Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they held on to beat Bromley Green 2-1. First half goals from Kieran Garvey and man of the match Dan Hall helped Rangers earn their first ever men’s senior cup victory despite Green’s Joe Fisher pulling a goal back from the penalty spot early in the second period to set up a thrilling end-to-end finish to the game.
There was drama right from the start of this fixture as referee Ben Marshall awarded Park Farm a second minute penalty after spotting a push in the box, but Bromley Green goalkeeper Lee Carrott brilliantly turned away Mark Potten’s spot kick to keep the game scoreless. The outstanding Carrott was called upon again soon after when he saved well from Dan Hall after 10 minutes, and was quick off his line just moments later to come rushing well out of his penalty area to take the ball off Potten’s toes when the Rangers striker was played through one-on-one.
At the other end Bromley Green created chances but were unable to trouble opposing goalkeeper Ryan Hadley, failing to register a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes. The Green did go close to taking the lead though in the 23rd minute when Matt Wedge poked the ball over the bar, while six-minutes later Bradley Taffurelli got into a good position but could only fire into the side netting much to Park Farm’s relief.
Park Farm punished the Green Army for those missed chances with two goals in the final 7 minutes of the half to take a two-goal advantage into the half time interval. The first goal was created when Jake Hayward-Browne’s long free kick from the halfway line was pumped high into the penalty area but Green ‘keeper Carrott couldn’t keep hold of the ball and the brave Kieran Garvey reacted superbly to knock the ball into the back of the net to put his side 1-0 ahead. Then just as the half time whistle approached Rangers scored a second when James Turner intercepted a loose ball just inside the Green half and played in Dan Hall on the left who powered his way towards goal and showed great composure to lift the ball over the oncoming Carrott into the roof of the net.
Bromley Green were much more threatening in the second half with 16-year-old midfielder Mickey Mabb looking to get his side forward while in the wide areas Hassan Tejan and Alfie Glendinning stretched the Rangers defence. And it was Mabb who was fouled in the box earning Bromley Green a 57th minute penalty when he was caught by a late tackle after getting a shot away leaving referee Ben Marshall no other choice but to point to the spot, influential midfielder Joe Fisher keeping his cool to calmly slot away the resulting spot kick and make it 2-1.
Green defender Mike Halpin covered almost every blade of artificial grass trying to keep things tight at the back as his side took a much-needed risk to push forward looking for an equaliser, but as Sid Hone’s side pushed men up the pitch, Park Farm were able to break on the counter attack on a few occasions. Dan Hall made a great run down the left-hand side and skipped past two defenders before squaring the ball to teammate Joe Ogunbiyi, but the Rangers midfielder had arguably too much time to control the ball unchallenged and fired his long range effort well over the crossbar with just the goalkeeper to beat. Four minutes later Hall was involved again as he rose highest to head the ball towards goal only to agonisingly hit the post, while powerful forward Mark Potten shot just wide late on missing a chance to kill the game off.
Rangers survived an injury-time attack on their own goal but held on for the final few minutes with full back Joe Munday impressing in their back-four, but it was man of the match Hall who ultimately proved the difference between the two sides with his pace and direct style of play causing the Bromley Green defence all sorts of problems throughout the game.
Bromley Green- Lee Carrott, Mike Halpin, Alex Weaver, Luke Couper, Bradley Taffurelli, Joe Fisher, Lenny Russell, Mickey Mabb, Hassan Tejan, Matthew Wedge, Alfie Glendinning. (subs) Jamie Dobbin, Reece Pringle, George Mabb, Tom Messenger, Brian Petkin.
Park Farm Rangers- Ryan Hadley, Joe Munday, Callum Wallis, Jake Hayward-Browne, Kieran Wilson, Blake Crawley, Tyler Loosemore, James Turner, Dan Hall, Kieran Garvey, Mark Potten. (subs) Joe Ogunbiyi, Joe Cox, Brandon Woodcock, Pawel Baron, Sean Kelleher.
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