Ed­wards the dif­fer­ence for Rangers in fi­nal

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FINN Ed­wards scored the de­ci­sive goal as Ruis­lip Rangers U13s de­feated Sandgate 1-0 in the Mid­dle­sex County Cup fi­nal, writes Dim­itri Kon­do­nis.

Ed­wards’ first-half strike proved the dif­fer­ence, with the for­ward con­vert­ing from the penalty spot af­ter be­ing felled.

And de­spite Sandgate’s best at­tempts, their hosts held out for the tour­na­ment victory, claim­ing their sec­ond tro­phy af­ter hav­ing won the League Cup the pre­vi­ous week.

Fol­low­ing a tense start, the game ex­ploded into life af­ter Ed­wards opened the scor­ing.

Ruis­lip were en­cour­aged af­ter edg­ing into an early lead de­spite the ab­sence of Jack Neill – the club’s top scorer. But the turn­ing point of the match came six min­utes later, when Sandgate earned a penalty of their own, be­fore Harry San­di­ford kept out the spot-kick.

Sandgate pushed for a lev­eller, hav­ing seen a goal-line clear­ance deny them, but were held by Ruis­lip af­ter a won­der­ful late save by man of the match San­di­ford saw Rangers through.

Mean­while, Den­ham U13s saw both their sides com­pete in the Wy­combe Saints Tour­na­ment fi­nal.

Both the Blues and Whites made it to the fi­nal, where the match was de­cided on penal­ties by Den­ham Blues.

Den­ham U14s romped to a 4-1 victory against As­cot U16s in a friendly at the Den af­ter goals from Ju­lia Thu­rauf, Katie Ak­er­man and a brace from Kayleigh Cur­rivan – in­clud­ing a won­der­ful long-range lob.

Else­where, Cowley Youth U11s beat Foxes Sil­ver 9-1 with goals from Lewis Jones, Har­vey Brown, Stacy Brad­field, Frankie Ma­jor and Con­nor Geary.

And West Dray­ton U8s ended their sea­son with a com­fort­able 4-0 win against Yead­ing Hew.

Liam Dines, Ge­orgie Mee, Karim Guer­rag, Ge­orge Ire­land, Soroush Hafiz, Crace Gran­tham, Harp­kreet Singh and Reilly Bar­rett made up the vic­to­ri­ous squad. HAR­LING­TON Bowls Club edged a tight af­fair 57-53 against Houn­slow Con­ser­va­tives in their first friendly match of 2015.

De­spite los­ing two of the three sets, Har­ling­ton hit back with J Ful­brook, C Fitzger­ald and D Cut­more, who earned an em­phatic 19 point victory in the sec­ond set to see the hosts through to an over­all victory.

Although A Ma­co­l­ive, B Reed and S Cut­more just missed out in their open­ing set with a 25-20 de­feat, and B Poole, N Kli­men­t­jeva, P Domm, D Maylin fell to a ten point de­feat in the third set, Har­ling­ton’s sec­ond set saw them earn a tough victory over­all.

Har­ling­ton are look­ing for new mem­bers for their sum­mer sea­son (May to Septem­ber), with coach­ing and free equip­ment avail­able to use. Club day is Wed­nes­days.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01895 443 559 or 01895 463 757.

Con­trib­uted

n WIN­NERS: Ruis­lip Rangers U13s (left) and Den­ham Blues U13s

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