Back-to-back titles for Romford boys
PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 March 2017
Byron Eagles edge past rivals
Romford Boro Youth 3 Goodmayes 0
Echo Under-15 Division A
Romford secured back-to-back titles with a dominant performance at Old Parkonians on Sunday.
They started brightly, forcing a number of saves from the Goodmayes keeper, and were rewarded when a strong run down the wing by Toheeb Gbadamosi and cross was met by Joe Elsworth who dispatched a header into the top corner of the net for his first-ever headed goal.
Romford continued to press and a second goal quickly followed, when a corner was met by Gbadamosi with another firm header into the corner of the goal, for his first goal of the season and just reward for his excellent play all season.
Following a brief period of Goodmayes pressure after the restart, which was ably dealt with by the defence of Josh Disley, Ben Pearson, Shane Hardy and Mitchell Byrne, new boy Danny Flint broke away to coolly dispatch a third goal for Romford.
The last 20 minutes was mainly played in the Goodmayes half but their keeper kept the scoreline respectable.
Romford manager Andy Pearson said: “The result and title is nothing more than the boys have deserved having been top since October.”
Romford: Paul ruby (coach), Joshua Disley, Mitchell Byrne, Jake Marshall, Vladislav Guzan, Andy Pearson (manager), Toheeb Gbadamosi, Joe Elsworth, Anatoli tuborean, Kieron Owusu, Neil Wilkinson (coach), Danny Flint, Shane Hardy, Liam Campbell, Ben Pearson (captain), Callum Ruby, Jack Wilkinson, Zac O’Halloran.
Byron Red Eagles 3 Hannakins Farm Whites 2
Byron edged past their rivals after an entertaining contest.
They took an early lead as Liam Battrum scored direct from an corner, but Hannakins upped their game to score twice before half time.
The visitors kept the pressure on after the restart, but Louie King held firm at the back with some great tackles.
And Byron started to get their passing game going, with Leo Leborgne and Lennie Nicholson combining well on the right to feed Owen Hutchinson who finished well to level the game.
Byron’s tails were up when Hutchinson picked the ball up wide on the left and hit a powerful low shot into the bottom corner to give them the lead.
And although Hannakins applied late pressure on the Byron goal, George London pulled off two great saves to secure the points for the Eagles.
Byron: London, King, Nicholson, Leborgne (mom), Battrum, Hutchinson.