Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Hamlet still looked the team most likely to score next, and came close several times.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Senseless Things superstar, hardcore Hamlet fan and the Mrs Mills Experience bass player pose for a picture.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Whooosh! The ball hurtles into the crowd.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

The excellent Dulwich custom strip for International Women’s Day.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich doubled their lead in the 24th minute thanks to a laser guided strike directed from the swivelling noggin of Erskine.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

2-0 to Dulwich!

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Eat my goal, Tooting!

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Everyone was happy. Well, almost everyone.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Hamlet piled on the pressure and were unlucky not to make it three-nil.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Acrobatic header. It looked good, but to be honest, it ended up going straight to the defender behind him.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

A slew of delicious divots to admire.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

A new wurst selling store was in situ.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Will you look at that lovely knitted jumper! Beautiful.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Meanwhile, secondary games were taking place behind the goal.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Hamlet come close.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

And again.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Fans of Broadchurch may understand my concern at seeing this piece of blue twine by Tooting’s goal.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Hamlet piled on the pressure but struggled to concoct any strikes on target.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

What looks exactly like the London Senior Cup is held aloft.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Another close escape for Tooting.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

And another.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

The Pink Bobble Of Greatness.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

They bellow and howl Hamlet bon mots into the night like educated wolves on a pink and blue tundra.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich wrapped things up in the first minute of added time with Nyren Clunis netting to make it 3-1.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Oh yes.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

The ball playfully cavorts in the back of Tooting’s goal.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Full time: Dulwich 3 Tooting 1.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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.

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

MS added:

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?

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

Dulwich Hamlet thump rivals Tooting & Mitcham 3-1 to progress to cup semi finals, Thurs 6th April, 2017

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