LONDON COLNEY 0, WEMBLEY 3,
Tuesday, 25th October, 2016,
S.S.M.L. Premier Division Cup – Second Round
Wembley made unexpected serene progress into the last eight of the Premier Division Cup following a comfortable victory over S.S.M.L. leaders London Colney.
It was a largely untroubled success for the Lions. There was a suggestion that the ‘weakened’ home side were saving themselves for the top-of-the-table league meeting between the two clubs in a two weeks’ time. Wembley, who had themselves made six changes from the starting line-up that played against Desborough Town in the Vase, pooh-poohed this claim and argued that the main reason they won was quite simply because they were far too good on the night against their table-topping hosts!
Wembley took the lead in the seventh minute. The skilful Zaied Sabti cleverly freed himself from the attentions of two defenders to cut-in from the left before drilling the ball into the goal area. With a loud call, the Colney goalkeeper made a claim for the ball only to be left totally dumbfounded by the alert Gustavo Mota, who suddenly appeared in the box and with a speedy intervention guided it beyond the stranded ‘keeper and into the back of the net.
The unchallenged Calvin Kasirye then missed a great chance of doubling his side’s total, firing over at the far post following a brilliant five-man Wembley move which had opened the Colney defence.
After being briefly forced on the back-foot by a spell of home pressure, although without any serious concerns, the visitors eventually scored again in the 34th minute following a swift counterattack. Jermaine Heron accelerated clear to set up the accompanying Alex Witham, who twisted his way goalward and drove in Wembley’s second goal.
A feared second-half Colney comeback failed to materialise and with fifteen minutes remaining, Heron and Witham combined again to put the game to bed. The former pierced the Colney backline with another forceful run. After shrugging aside his marker, Heron’s shot for goal was parried by the ‘keeper. However, Witham was on hand to smash home the rebound. Three-nil to Wembley and their quarter-final visit to Berkhamsted was firmly booked.
WEMBLEY: Zulmatashvili, Carroll, Iley, Pearce, Brown, Fekete, Sabti (O’Reilly 69),
Mota, Heron, Witham (McKee 78), Kasirye (Amellal 69).
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