BY MARK DOIG
Although the play-offs are Welling United’s priority they have still found time for a London Senior Cup run.
It started with a home tie against Corinthian-Casuals but due to floodlight issue they contested the game at the Casuals ground in Tolworth. They progressed with a two-nil win through two good goals scored by Ky Marsh-Brown and Gavin McCallum.
Next came a quarter final at home to a Leyton Orient side who fielded a number of first team squad players. Jack Barham opened the scoring for Welling in the first half and his strike partner Danny Mills scored a second with fifteen minutes remaining. Ruel Sotiriou pulled one back but Welling saw out the last ten minutes with relative ease.
That took them to the semi-final at in form Harrow Borough. Mills opened the scoring in the eleventh minute and Zack Newton made it two with an excellent finish into the top corner. When Mills scored again two minutes after the break the tie was as good as over although substitute
Anthony O’Connor scored a consolation with two minutes remaining.
So, onto the final and a game against Brentford B played at Finchley and Wingate’s ground. The young full time team included a current full Iceland international, plus players from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Sweden, some of whom have played in the football league this season.
Dan Wilks made a good early save from Theo Archibald and Joe Hardy, who has already scored twenty-seven goals in 2018-19, had a shot deflected wide.
Josh Hill had Welling’s first goal attempt but headed Luke Rooney’s free kick wide.
Jan Zamburek, who has played in the Championship this season, attempted an audacious effort from fifty yards but it flew over.
Mo Bettamer missed a chance when heading wide from Rooney’s cross but it was he who broke the deadlock five minutes before the break. Although his initial header from Craig Braham-Barrett’s cross came back off the bar, he was first to the rebound and bludgeoned his header home.
Just before half-time Wilks’ stunning double save ensured that Welling went into the break ahead. First he saved from Fredrik Hammar before smothering Hardy’s follow up.
Montel Agyemang’s skill invited Rooney to let fly but his shot was deflected over for a corner. Then the tireless Zack Newton sent Rooney on his way again. He forced his way through the Brentford defence but his stabbed shot drew a good save out of Patrik Gunnarsson.
Nassim L’Ghoul impressed for seventy minutes on his comeback from a long term injury before being replaced by Brendan Kiernan and the Welling substitute got on the end of Bettamer’s flick on but was unable to hit the target.
Henrik Johansson, grandson of Brazilian legend Garrincha, shot across the face of goal with nobody close enough to touch home but despite having plenty of possession, Brentford were unable to breach the determined Welling defence and it was the Wings who held aloft the London Senior Cup for the first time in twenty-nine years.
Brentford B: Gunnadsson, Mitchell, Edobor, Titov, Da Silva, Hammar (Johansson 59), Finnsson, Coote (Mogensen 73), Zamburek (Majka 88), Archibald, Hardy. Subs not used: Brissett, Onen.
Welling United: Wilks, Braham-Barrett, Genovesi, Mendy (Ijaha 89), Hill, Orlu, Rooney, Agyemang, Bettamer, L’Ghoul (Kiernan 70), Newton. Subs not used: Quebe, Mendez. Audel.
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