Soyinka scores 100th goal in 100th game

14 Apr 2021

OHAFC striker Gbeminyi Soyinka completed a memorable double for the club on Saturday afternoon, reaching both 100 appearances and 100 goals for the club since stats began in the 2009/10 season in the 2nd XI's 3-2 defeat at home to the Old Columbans in the Junior League Cup.

'Bem' is the 13th player to play 100 games for the OHAFC in the last 12 seasons, although along with many others on that list, turned out for the club on plenty of occasions prior to 2009, so his actual total will be higher. He began his career for the Blues in the 2005/6 season, memorably helping the 2s to both their remarkable Junior League Cup successes in 2006 and 2011. Bem scored one of the most spectacular hat-tricks in OHAFC history in the 2006 final, breaking Chigwell hearts with a hat-trick in the second half of extra-time, his three goals coming in the space of ten minutes after the two sides had finished deadlocked at 2-2 in normal time.

Indeed, the Junior League Cup was to become Gbeminiyi's competition of choice, as he destroyed opponents with his power and pace. His expertly-finished strike against the Old Columbans at the weekend, curling the ball into the far top corner from just inside the box, was, astonishingly, his 35th Junior League Cup goal in just 25 appearances, with seven of those coming as a substitute. Bem is also one of just four players to have played in all three Junior League Cup finals reached by the 2s, with Arjun Chopra, Ed Arghebant and Phil Berry also featuring in 2006, 2011 and 2012.

In fact, Bem's 100 goals put him well clear in the scoring charts since the start of the 2009/10 season, ahead of some rather famous OHAFC names. James Breeden is second on the list with an almost unbelievable 86 goals from just 60 appearances (figures that are made more freakish by the fact he has scored just once in four 2nd XI appearances!); 3s legend Alex Smith comes next with 68 goals from just 64 appearances, including 61 in 59 3s games, with David Lederman a goal behind on 67 from 226 appearances; Harry Hoffen rounds out the top five with 58 goals, all for the 1st XI, from 100 club appearances.

With veteran status soon to be upon him, it is hoped Gbeminiyi may yet have a few more goals left in him, with further defences left trailing in his wake.

Many congratulations on a magnificent double achievement from all at the OHAFC.