HJFL Supplementary Cup's
As the Junior League reaches it’s conclusion of another successful season we are about to see the start of the league play offs and the Supplementary Cup Finals.
The Supplementary Cup allows teams who didn’t reach the semi-finals of the Main Cup to compete for an alternative trophy.
For this years finals we were grateful to Hinton FC, Pegasus FC and Westfields FC for allowing us to use their grounds and facilities.
The U13 Brederodes Cup and U16 Russell Jenkins Memorial Trophy finals were held on 13th April at Pegasus and Westfields respectively where we saw three weather seasons in one day. We kicked off with the U13 final in bright sunshine but ended the game with pouring rain and hailstones, where eventually Kington Town overcame Bartestree to win 4-1. The afternoon’s game in the U16 final saw Bartestree over coming Credenhill 2-1.
The U11 Lexmond Cup final was held at Pegasus on Thursday 17th April saw the 2nd and 3rd teams in League B battle out a very close game, where Westfields held on to a narrow 1-0 win.
Saturday 19th April again at Pegasus the U9 Buddy’s Cup and U10 Vianen Vase finals were played. In the U9’s Hinton and FC Phoenix competed in a good game of football in very cold conditions, with Hinton winning 3-0. This was followed by an excellent U10’s final between Ledbury Swifts Rovers and Leominster Minors which Ledbury won 2-0.
We then moved to Broomy Hill, Hinton FC on Sunday 20th April where we saw the U14’s Final in the morning followed by the U15’s in the afternoon. The U14 Tudor Buildings Supplies Final between Hereford Junior Dynamos and Leominster Minors was evenly matched until mid-way through the second half when Hereford Junior Dynamos scored the first goal, they scored a second shortly after and this was enough for them to see out the game.
In the afternoon we saw the U15 Stuart Sheehan final between Leominster Minors and MLC. MLC took a 2-1 half time lead. After the break MLC added a third and I think at this point we all thought the game was over. The Leominster manager then made some inspiring substitutions and Leominster hit back by scoring 4 goals and eventually winning 5-3.
The remaining Supplementary Cup Final was held on Sunday 27th April at Broomy Hill between Greyhound City Sports and Ledbury Swifts United in the U12 age group. Greyhound unbeaten in League A started the brighter and soon went into a 2-0 lead. Ledbury started to find their feet towards the end of the first half and continued into the second half. Greyhound made a break down the left hand side and a perfect cross into the box was well controlled and hit in the net to make it 3-0. Ledbury continued to press for a goal and eventually were rewarded for there hard work with a well taken one. This set up a thrilling last 15 mintes where Ledbury almost scored a second but for an excellent tackle by a Greyhound defender. As the minutes ticked by Ledbury still pressed but unfortunately the final whistle came with Greyhound winning the IMI Mouldings Cup 3-1.
All the above finals were played in the right spirit and were a credit to all the teams involved.