Home Team (St Charles 1st XI)
Fixtures & Results
The Men's 1st XI football team retained the Lou Irvin London Catholic cup last week, beating a big, strong and robust Campion School, who themselves were unbeaten and chasing a treble of their own.
A cagey opening saw both teams trying to impose their physical style on the game, but it was St Charles who got the upper hand, with the presence of Sean Ndinga-Basaye and Blair Kamga in the centre of the park allowing St Charles to get a strong hold in the game. This allowed half chances for Bilal Bihi and Jose Dougan, but neither troubled the keeper. Despite this, Campion were a threat on the break and twice wSt Charles were thankful for strong defending from Adam Hamdi and Jhmali Espirit, whose timely interventions kept the score level.
The breakthrough for St Charles came in the 22nd minute,when a corner from Glenn Annang was met powerfully by the head of centre back Hamdi for his 12th goal of the season. This seemed to settle any nerves and it was St Charles who dominated the rest of the half without adding to their lead, Meron Abraham saw two efforts well saved and Kamga was inches away just before the half time whistle after excellent build up play by the powerful Dougan.
The second half started much like the first, with both team battling hard all over the pitch trying to stamp their authority on the game. With 57 minutes on the clock, a shot from the edge of the box bounced in front of stand-in keeper Daishain Moise and, despite his best efforts, crept over the line to bring the scores level. With their tails now up, St Charles were thankful to Moise, who made a good low save to his right, turning the ball round the post for a corner. With 70 plus minutes and St Charles fans willing them on, they took control of the final 20 minutes. Despite this, Campion held strong and the closest St Charles came was Hamid Noori seeing a shot blocked and a good passage of play involving Annang, Kamga and Abraham release Ndinga-Basaye, but his lob from a tight angle landed on the roof of the net.
With the game seemingly going to extra time, St Charles were awarded a penalty in the 87th minute when a cross from the left by Noori saw Abrahams get to the ball first before being unceremoniously body checked by the giant Campion centre back. Hamid Noori stepped up and confidently tucked the penalty home to spark wild celebrations amongst the travelling fans.
Final score: St Charles 2 vs 1 Campion - MOM: Sean Ndinga-Basayeâ
Match day squad: Daishain Moise, Stels Contonicola, Joseph Agunloye, Adam Hamdi, Jhmali Espirit, Glenn Annang, Sean Ndinga-Basaye, Blair Kamga, Bilal Bihi, Jose Dougan, Meron Abraham, Hamid Noori, Jace Osinaike, Abdul Gassaman and Joshua Dumbuya.
St Charles' 1st XI football team secured their third trophy of the season by beating Uxbridge college 8-1 on Wednesday, thus securing the AoC/ECFA London league title.
Despite missing goalkeeper Seydou Traore and defender Adam Hamdi, the boys put in another hard-working and determined display to secure a win and keep St Charles unbeaten in the league.
Despite playing against the wind, St Charles went into half time 2-0 up thanks to goals from Blair Kamga and Meron Abraham. The second half was much easier and, despite rotating the team, St Charles scored two early goals through captain Sean Ndinga-Basaye and Jace Osinaike. Uxbridge did pull a goal back but this just served to spur St Charles on and, twelve seconds later, excellent work from Jose Dougan saw him unselfishly tee up Bilal Bihi for goal number five. Another from top scorer Abrahams, plus good strikes from Osee Kilunga and man of the match Steliou Contonicola, completed the scoring.
Playing Squad: Daishain Moise, Joe Agunloye, Jhmali Espirit, Sean Ndinga-Basaye, Josh Dumbuya, Glenn Annang, Blair Kamga, Jose Dougan, Hamid Noori, Bilal Bihi, Meron Abraham, Steliou Contonicola, Osee Kilunga, Abdul Gassaman.
We now look to complete the quadruple on Friday evening where we take on Campion School, who are chasing a treble of their own.
St Charles played out an entertain final against a fit and well organised Priestly college from Warrington. It was Priestly who took the lead after 20 minutes when a cross come shot from 35 yards flew into the St Charles net. The lead though only lasted around 15 minutes, when Meron Abraham tapped home from close range after the opposition keeper could not hold a deep cross from captain Sean Ndinga-Basaye. The first half ended with Priestley probably just shading it.
The second half saw St Charles come out of the blocks a lot quicker and implement their game plan better than they had in the first half. Shots from Hamid Noori, Ndinga-Basaye and Bilal Bihi were all well saved by the Priestley goalkeeper. With no further goals it was on to our second extra time in three days.
Any notion of tiredness was dispelled when Abrahams neatly finished off a flowing move involving Glenn Annang, Joe Agunloye and Noori in the 96th minute. The second half of extra time saw the opposition put us under greater pressure as they searched for an equalizer, but good defending as a team, a last ditch block from the excellent Steliou Contonicola and a tremendous point blank save from Seydou Traore kept our noses in front. With Priestley still applying pressure, a long kick from Traore caused confussion at the back which allowed the tireless Abraham to head over the keeper and tap into an empty net to seal the win and the colleges first ever ECFA national title.
We'd like to thank Walsall FC and the ECFA/AoC for there hospitality and wish Priestley college well and thank them and their manager Danny Jordan for a hard fought game.
A real game for the natural and a game that had everything, goals, bookings, great individual play and the lead swapping hands. We went in at half time level despite us taking the lead through Meron Abraham, this was cancelled out by a City of London penalty that was confidently tucked away. The half also saw an outstanding double save from goalkeeper Seydou Traore.
The 2nd half was just as breathless as the the first, it was again St Charles who drew first blood when a Hamid Noori corner was headed home by Adam Hamdi. Chances were created and missed by both teams but unfortunately for us the next goal went to City of London through of a close range finish. With the full time whistle blown and the teams locked at 2-2 it was on to extra time.
The first period of extra time saw City of London hit the post and St Charles had shots from Noori and Glenn Annang well saved by the opposition keeper. With both team tiring it was City of London who took the lead for the first time when poor marking in the box saw a bullet header planted into the back of our net.
With 10 minutes remaining what followed can only be described as one of the greatest comebacks in St Charles history. Firstly after a long throw from Joseph Agunloye was only half cleared, the ball pin balled around the City of London box where it fell to the feet of Bilal Bihi who smashed home through a sea of bodies to bring the scores level again. St Charles were not done though and with the possibility of the cup being shared we pushed for the winner. A delightfully weighted ball from Annang caught the City of London back line high and square, this allowed the hard working Jose Dougan to out pace the last defender and coolly roll the ball past the advancing keeper to spark wild celebrations on the pitch and in the stands.
Final score: City of London 3 vs 4 St Charles (Man of the Match - Steliou Contonicola)
Match day squad: Seydou Traore, Joseph Agunloye, Steliou Contonicola, Adam Hamdi, Jhmali Espirit, Glenn Annang, Sean Baseye (C), Blair Kamga, Hamid Noori, Jose Dougan, Meron Abraham, Osee Kilunga, Bilal Bihi, Jace Osinaike, Abdul Gassaman, Daishain Moise, Josh Dumbuya.
ILSFA County Cup champions 2019 - St Charles College
Catholic Cup Semi-Final
Goals from Adam Hamdi, Meron Abraham and Dashain Moise
St Charles First XI team beat Uxbridge College 7-0, to move within just one point of retaining the AoC Categpry 3C league title. The St Charles goals came from a Meron Abraham hat-trick, two from Jose Dougan and one each for Blair Kamga and Bilal Bihi.
Congratulations to the St Charles First XI team for reaching the AOC National Cup Final. The team travelled to Scarborough and came away with a 1-0 win, the winning goal coming in the 62nd minute from Adam Hamdi.