2nd XI Win JLC for the Second Time in their History

16 Apr 2011

An historic victory was registered at Teddington on 16th April 2011 when the OHAFC won the League Cup for the second time. This is a competition predominantly for 2nd XI teams. Carthusians 2’s are Division 2 champions for the second successive season whereas OHAFC 2’s missed out on promotion from Division 3. The scale of the underdogs’ achievement, therefore, was truly amazing and owed its success to character, outstanding team spirit and meticulous pre-match planning in particular by the captain, Arjun Chopra, Newlands 1997-3 and Harry Woolley, Moretons 1998-3.

When Carthusians hit the post after ten minutes, the Harrow supporters sensed it could be Harrow’s day but at 1-0 down they were not so sure. Then came a moment of sheer brilliance from Phil Berry, Rendalls 1993-3, which was to change the course of the match and instil the necessary self-belief in the Harrow camp. From an acute angle on the edge of the penalty area, Berry delivered a crisp left footed lob beyond the keeper’s reach and into the far corner of the goal. This met with stony silence from the large Charterhouse contingent and allowed Harrovians to reach half-time with the scores level.

The second half belonged to Harrow. Some heroic defending by Jack Orr-Ewing, Elmfield 2000-3 and Simon Maydon, Moretons 1998-3 eased pressure on the goalkeeper, Alasdair Pritchard, West Acre 1998-3 and permitted the team to outmanoeuvre Carthusians in midfield through the hugely competitive qualities of Berry, Johan Harder, Druries 1996-3, Ed Arghebant, Newlands 1997-3, Joe Bone, Bradbys 2000-3 and veteran Jamie Waugh, The Park 1987-3. The 4-5-1 formation proved to be highly effective, albeit extremely demanding for lone striker, Gbeminiyi Soyinka, Bradbys 1999-3 who ran his newly acquired Nike socks off.

Carthusians scored their second goal after Harrovians had taken a 2-1 lead with a fine header by Harder but, within 25 seconds of the re-start, Harder had clinched the winner with another powerful leap and well directed header. Fresh legs were supplied by Tom Dunbar, The Park 1995-3, for fifteen tense minutes until the final whistle and the end of a very exciting and hard fought encounter.