Albion to have last laugh?
Team dubbed ‘laughing stock’ reach cup final in a five-goal thriller
15 March, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Highgate Albion’s third team celebrate the 3-2 win against St Mary’s Harefield that puts them in the Middlesex Junior Trophy final
A FOOTBALL team once dubbed “a bit of a laughing stock” are one win away from getting the last laugh after booking their place in the final of the Middlesex Junior Trophy on Sunday.
Highgate Albion’s third team came out on top following a five-goal thriller against St Mary’s Harefield on their home pitch at the St Aloysius Sports Ground.
It was a real family affair surrounding the opening goal with cousins Paul Reid and Luke Morgan pressing the opposition’s back line in unison, which was duly rewarded with Albion winning the ball and giving Reid the chance to slot home from close range.
Harefield equalised through a superbly taken free-kick, before Albion captain Daniel Glaude responded with a stunning free-kick of his own to restore the home side’s advantage.
In a dramatic final 15 minutes the visitors again pulled the scores level, this time from the penalty spot. But Highgate hero Joe O’Connor capped a man-of-the-match display when he got his head on the end of a throw-in from Shane McNamara to seal a 3-2 win.
“In the last few seasons Highgate’s third team were essentially a bit of a laughing stock – that is until now,” beamed manager John Eager after seeing his charges secure a cup final date against Bedfont and Feltham FC on Sunday, April 14.
“The original aim when I took over the team in August was to win three games in a row, so to reach a county cup final is an incredible achievement. Credit to all the lads who have come in this season, they have given their all from the get go and made a difference