Soyinka's 100th goal ultimately in vain for 2s

12 Apr 2021

Despite a stirring comeback that included Gbeminiyi Soyinka scoring his 100th goal for the club since the 2009/10 season when official stats began, the OHAFC 2nd XI fell just short in a bid to prevent their comeback from a long winter lockdown ending in defeat, the Old Columbans recording a 3-2 win on the Park Lake pitch at Harrow School on Saturday afternoon.

For much of the first hour of this Junior League Cup clash, the visitors from St Albans were in the ascendency, quicker and sharper on the ball and looking far more dangerous in attack. They scored early in each half and could even afford to have a penalty saved on the half-hour mark, Harrow keeper Charlie Walsh diving to his left to palm away a tame effort.

When the Columbans added a third with just under half an hour remaining, the game looked over as a contest. But the Blues gradually rediscovered their mojo and produced a stirring final twenty minutes, pulling one goal back via a sweet strike from Will Monroe before Soyinka grabbed a second soon afterwards, running onto a Pablo Hutchinson pass to steer the ball beautifully into the far top corner.

But the hosts missed their one golden chance to grab an unlikely equaliser when Tristan David lobbed his shot over the bar with just the keeper to beat in the closing moments.

As it turns out, the defeat actually means very little, with the Junior League Cup format having subsequently been changed into a straight knockout tournament - the OHAFC will face the Old Suttonians next Saturday with the winnners progressing into the quarter-finals.

Saturday's team sheet and match report are now available in the results section here.