Monday, 18 April 2011


The Hitchin Sunday League Premier Division Cup Final was played last night at Arlesey Town between current table topper's PJ Hitchin and third placed Red Star.

PJ Hitchin are currently unbeaten in the league at present and are through to the Challenge Cup final on the 8th May at Hitchin Town's Top Field stadium. The only game that PJ Hitchin have lost this season is in the Hertfordshire Sunday Senior Cup Quarter Final against Queen's Head Sandridge (4-0) who are top of the Hertfordshire Advertiser Sunday League Premier Division.

Red Star are also having a brilliant season and are PJ Hitchin's opponents in the Challenge Cup Final. The four defeats they have suffered in the league (one against PJ Hithin 1-0) has seen them unable to challenge for the Premier Division title that is now between PJ Hitchin and second placed Ocean's Eleven.

Both team's were well organised and played out a very good game which PJ Hitchin took a 1-0 lead in at half time with a well worked goal only for Red Star to come back and pile on some pressure for an equaliser. With the minutes ticking down PJ broke up field from a goal kick and scored the second decisive goal enabling them to lift the trophy.

The cold end was impressed by both sides in particular Darren Urquhart in the centre of defence for Red Star who was strong in the air and comfortable when on the ball. Red Star deserved something for their efforts but unfortunately came away runner's up to a strong PJ Hitchin for whom Ryan Foster and Craig Skelton stood out. Red Star's goalkeeper also pulled off a number of quality saves during the ninety minutes.

Hitchin Sunday League Premier Division (Current Top Three)
                P  W  D L GF GA  GD PTS
PJ Hitchin      15 14 1 0 88 15 +73 43 
Oceans Eleven   16 14 1 1 57 16 +41 43 
Red Star        16 11 1 4 88 31 +57 34 

Red Star get the chance for revenge not only in the forthcoming Challenge Cup Final but also in the league fixture scheduled to be played on Tuesday 26th April. PJ Hitchin could complete a treble but they are being run close in the league by Ocean's Eleven whom they are scheduled to face this Thursday 21st August in potential title decider.

The cold end saw Red Star (HIGHLIGHTS AND REPORT HERE from the cold end archives) lift the George John Memorial Trophy last season in their 2-1 victory over Cannon Reserves on the 9th May 2010. Oceans Eleven take on HTS Bar Absolute in the 2011 final on the 1st May at Top Field.

All the match highlights from yesterday are below in what was an excellent advert for Sunday League football and a credit to both teams.

1 comment:

  1. Great work Barry. Was a good game and have to say the we (Red Star) were a tad unluck with 2 blatant penalties turned down! (4:35 and 5:18 :-) )