Dulwich Hamlet avenged last year’s defeat by arch-rivals Tooting & Mitcham in the London Senior Cup with a convincing 3-1 win last night to progress to the semi finals.
Hamlet now face the rather quaint-sounding Cray Valley Paper Mills F.C in the semis, with the final rather conveniently hosted at Champion Hill on May 3rd.
Hamlet were quick to metaphorically thump Tooting on their black and white noses, with a 35 yard Omar Koroma strike making it 1-0 in the 7th minute.
Although Hamlet comfortably dominated most of the first half, Tooting proved quick to break, forcing saves and a clearance off the line at the other end.
Hamlet still looked the team most likely to score next, and came close several times.
It’s fair to say the London Senior Cup is not a glamorous competition, but, as Hamlet fans were keen to point out, it’s still “better than the Alan Turvey Cup.” Which, frankly, isn’t saying much.
Senseless Things superstar, hardcore Hamlet fan and the Mrs Mills Experience bass player pose for a picture.
Whooosh! The ball hurtles into the crowd.
The excellent Dulwich custom strip for International Women’s Day.
Dulwich doubled their lead in the 24th minute thanks to a laser guided strike directed from the swivelling noggin of Erskine.
2-0 to Dulwich!
Eat my goal, Tooting!
Everyone was happy. Well, almost everyone.
Hamlet piled on the pressure and were unlucky not to make it three-nil.
Acrobatic header. It looked good, but to be honest, it ended up going straight to the defender behind him.
A slew of delicious divots to admire.
Half time and the crowd are treated to Dulwich’s famous spinning water fountain display, which burst forth from the pitch like a Paul Daniels rabbit in liquid form. People would pay good money for this alone.
A new wurst selling store was in situ.
Will you look at that lovely knitted jumper! Beautiful.
Come the second half, and Hamlet were looking strong, but calamity was to strike when goalie Preston Edwards received a back pass but slipped on the freshly watered surface. His whoopsie delivered the ball to advancing Tooting striker Jack Mazzone, who took full advantage of the gift wrapped open goal. Hamlet 2 Tooting 1.
That extra jammy goal against the run of play briefly energised Tooting, but for all their stripy cavorting on the field, they were unable to score again.
The crowd of 583 may be modest by Hamlet’s league standards, but it was positively humongous for the fairly unloved Senior Cup, prompting one forum poster to say,
Surely, last nights London Senior Cup quarter final attendance of 583 at Champion hill last night (6th April 2017) was one of the largest recorded? in recent times
Noting that 2013/14 London Senior Cup final final between Tooting & M and AFC Wimbledon secured just 510 and 2012/13 final 469 and 2011/12 344
Meanwhile, secondary games were taking place behind the goal.
Hamlet come close.
Fans of Broadchurch may understand my concern at seeing this piece of blue twine by Tooting’s goal.
Hamlet piled on the pressure but struggled to concoct any strikes on target.
What looks exactly like the London Senior Cup is held aloft.
Another close escape for Tooting.
The Pink Bobble Of Greatness.
They bellow and howl Hamlet bon mots into the night like educated wolves on a pink and blue tundra.
Dulwich wrapped things up in the first minute of added time with Nyren Clunis netting to make it 3-1.
The ball playfully cavorts in the back of Tooting’s goal.
Full time: Dulwich 3 Tooting 1.
On the forums, PD added his thoughts:
Well that was fun, hard work a times, and we should have had the game wrapped up well before Nyren settled it at the end.
If Gav wanted to shock Tooting with an experimental tactics, then he certainly achieved that. Really didn’t expect to ever see Dulwich play a 4-1-2-3, with Tomlin as a holding midfielder, and consistently play it long into the channels for three massive blokes up front!
It was entertaining, but rather scary whenever Tooting got into the final third. It was not surprising the number of fouls that we committed in the first half.
Excellent stuff, always nice to beat Tooting, even more so after last year’s storm of shit. Genuinely excited to reach the semi finals as well – I’d say we’ve got a half decent chance of winning it now. I know promotion is the main aim but whether we do or don’t go up certainly doesn’t dilute the excitement of actually winning some silverware for me.
For years and years and years we never came within a country mile of winning a cup so IMO the semi final is a massive game (in a season of many massive games!)
Cray Valley have knocked out Welling and St. AFC Dons (although I suspect they sent their U12s down for the occasion) to get to the Semi’s, so they look like a reasonable side. I assume they’ll be another Thursday evening fixture?
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