Tomi steers Havering to triumph
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 November 2016
Four-goal display lifts district squad
Havering’s in-form year seven boys’ squad came out on top against their Newham rivals after an entertaining contest.
Newham started well and took an early lead, before Havering striker Tomi Sotiminu latched on to a through ball from Jimi Gowers and produced a clinical finish, which was a sign of things of come.
Newham reacted well to the equaliser and posed several problems of their own on the flanks, but time and time again they were thwarted by fine defending from Pierce Knight and man of the match Liam Birchall, who was playing his first game for Havering.
Sotiminu then produced two inspirational moments of sheer magic to put the hosts on top, firing home from 25 yards and then completing his hat-trick from a seemingly impossible angle to make it 3-1.
Newham managed to narrow the margin before the interval with a fine curved chip to the far post after Havering thought they had cleared the danger, but after the break Sotiminu extended his tally to four when scoring with a low right-foot finish which fizzed under Newham keeper.
Alex Kerr then seized on a mix-up in the visiting defence to snatch possession and his pass found Harry Penn, who rifled in an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box only to see it fly inches past the post.
Under relentless pressure from Havering, Newham could do little else but counter-attack and it eventually paid off with the goal of the game from their talented striker.
After receiving the ball just feet from the goal, the Newham number nine worked his way out and across the face of the goal, before turning to send a shot into the top left corner of the net and giving Havering keeper Owen Duggan with no chance.
Not to be outdone Havering then put the game to bed when Bradley Chakawa followed up on his own speculative shot, as the rebound fell kindly to him so he could dribble around the Newham keeper and slide the ball into the unguarded net.
Havering: Owen Duggan, Alex Kerr, Charlie Jubber (all Royal Liberty), Pierce Knight, Tom Pantelli (both Hall Mead), Liam Birchall (Campion), Owen Knapman, Liam Walker (both Marshalls Park), Finley Welch, Jimi Gower, Tomi Sotiminu, Oliver Jones (all Coopers), Bradley Chakawa, Harry Penn (both Albany), Mitchell Fallows (Emerson Park).