ISC fall at fi­nal hur­dle

Ash­ford Satur­day League

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A QUAL­ITY late strike from AFC Ocean’s Billy Somerville brought heart­break for un­der­dogs Ash­ford ISC in the Ash­ford & District Satur­day League Cup fi­nal at Home­lands.

With the score at 1-1 and ex­tra time just min­utes away, Somerville burst into the box and swept aside the chal­lenge of the cov­er­ing de­fender be­fore coolly beat­ing Ash­ford keeper Antony Wil­son.

Not even a book­ing for re­mov­ing his shirt in cel­e­bra­tion could not dampen Somerville’s cel­e­bra­tions, nor Ocean’s, for whom the tro­phy was their sec­ond of the cam­paign.

Last Tues­day’s fi­nal brought to­gether the league’s two di­vi­sional cham­pi­ons, but on an un­sea­son­ably cold night and a dif­fi­cult pitch the game failed to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

First di­vi­sion Ash­ford were missing four play­ers from the side which had lifted the Kent Ju­nior Cup 10 days be­fore, but they were given a great start when Josh Smith’s cross was headed over his own keeper by Ocean full-back Ryan Archer in the open­ing quar­ter-hour.

Two min­utes af­ter the restart Ocean lev­elled when Somerville’s corner was met with a firm down­ward header by Con­nor Bourne.

Bourne’s long throws were a use­ful weapon for the Premier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons but, led by cen­tre-half Steve Wil­son, Ash­ford looked to have weath­ered the worst un­til Somerville struck with four min­utes re­main­ing.

Many of the Ash­ford play­ers were play­ing their sev­enth game in 10 days and any chance of a last­gasp re­prieve was ended in the dy­ing mo­ments when Gary Gibbs was sent off af­ter col­lect­ing two yel­low cards.

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AFC Ocean, orange, grabbed a late win­ner to de­feat Ash­ford ISC in the League Cup fi­nal for their sec­ond tro­phy of the sea­son

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