The Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Cup Final was played last night at the home of London Colney between Levertstock Green (currently 4th in the table) and Colney Heath (currently 5th in the table).
The first half was a scrappy affair as Colney Heath seemed happy to sit back and defend the Cotslandwick slope against Leverstock Green who had the best chance of the half which was well saved by Tom Blackman. Every time the ball went near to Levvy's pacey forward Louis Austin, who appears to be their danger man (with over 30 goals in league and cup games this season) the Colney defence closed him down and didn't allow his any space whatsoever.
Colney Heath's tactics proved spot on as in the second half they were much the better side scoring two goals (via Ian Cooper and substitute Josh Humbert) and having two other good chances to score both of which were well saved by Gareth Tinsley. The Levvy keeper also made a great save from a penalty that was awarded after he had made some contact with Ian Cooper in the box
Ian Cooper worked extremely hard up front for The Magpies (as Heath are nicknamed) as did all their players including defender Amadou Gerber and midfielder Jack Coombs.
Levvy will be disappointed and dejected to lose the game after beating Colney in a league game (4-1) just a few weeks ago. Credit goes to Colney Heath for a well deserved victory.
Green do get the chance to lift some silverware in the St Mary's Cup Final next Monday and the Hertfrodshire Charity Shield on the 10th May.
Both clubs have had excellent seasons in the League with Leverstock also having a fantastic run in the FA Vase. If Steve Heath (Green's manager) can hang onto to his squad of players, which includes several talented youngsters, the future looks bright at Pancake Lane. Defender's Bill Morgan (18 years old) and Steve Hatch (17 years old) along with midfielder Charlie Gorman (18 years old) and forward Louis Austin (21 year old) all started last night. Likewise the Colney Heath management duo of Scott Lacey and Wes Awad will look to build upon this success next season.
The trophy was lifted by Colney Heath in near darkness as two of the floodlights went off just prior to the presentation.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW (INC BOTH GOALS AND THE PENALTY DECISION - WAS THERE CONTACT MADE??? TAKE A LOOK AT 1min 50secs + AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK??)