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Former Premier League star, Labour Party leader and mayor watch spotkicks drama as youth league’s cup finals produce an exciting evening of goals and glory in matches at Market Road
17 May, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Essex Road Giants beat Kentish Town Football Academy 1-0 in the Under-14s Challenge Cup final
POLITICIANS, penalty kicks and former Premier League players came together in a silverware celebration on Friday as cup fever gripped Market Road.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Mayor of Islington David Poyser and former Charlton defender Jonathan Fortune all turned out at the artificial pitches to show their support for the Camden and Islington Youth League, presenting medals and trophies.
Among the winners were CM Futsal, who survived a nail-biting penalty shootout against Total Football Academy Islington to win the Under-10s Challenge Cup. Mohamed Romhi gave CM Futsal the lead, but a clinical finish from Sonny Notaro levelled the scores to send the tie to spotkicks. Nervous parents could barely watch as CM Futsal held their nerve to clinch the cup courtesy of a 4-3 victory. There was some consolation for Islington, however, as their star player Emre Avci was voted the man of the match.
AC United staged a sprited comeback to win the Under-15s Challenge Cup
Spectators witnessed one of the most clinical displays of finishing in the Under-11s Challenge Cup final, where Highbury Wolves Blue hotshot Rio Thomas scored four goals against TT Sapo Verde.
Total Football Academy Islington Under-10s lost out on penalties against CM Futsal
Ricardo Martins-Pereira capped a man-of-the-match display by chipping in with two goals as Wolves wrapped up a 6-1 win.
Fusion Under-17s beat Tufnell Park School 3-1
It took just the one goal to settle the Under-14s Challenge Cup final, and a late one at that. With seconds left on the clock, Ebraima Davies curled home a stunning free-kick to earn Essex Road Giants a narrow 1-0 victory over Kentish Town Football Academy. The celebrations didn’t stop there for the Islington-based Giants as Jordan McNally was also named as the finals’ standout player.
CM Futsal Under-10s won a penalty shootout against Total Football Academy Islington
AC United showed tremendous team spirit as they came from a goal down to win the Under-15s Challenge Cup. Alessandro Guglielmi gave Regent’s Park Spartans the lead within seconds of the kick-off, but goals from Razvan Calota, Josh Almedom and Reece Davidson saw United hit back to seal a 3-1 victory. Ade-Pierre James-Mattera walked off with the man of the match award after pulling the strings in midfield and helping to engineer the comeback.
Highbury Wolves Blue Under-11s beat TT Sapo Verde 6-1
Meanwhile, in a gripping Under-17s final, goals from Jesse Krichefski, Oscar Harris and man of the match Jack Gibbons saw Fusion crowned cup kings with a 3-1 win over Tufnell Park School.
Regent’s Park Spartans Under-15s were beaten in a thrilling match against AC United
Alfie Cicale scored a consolation for Tufnell Park.
Jonathan Fortune with CM Futsal’s Mohamed Romhi