Chigwell torn apart by Li­ons

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dam­age lim­i­ta­tion be­ing Chigwell’s best bet to come away from north Lon­don with pride in­tact. If this was a box­ing match it’d been halted long be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Two be­came three just af­ter the hour mark when a quick free-kick found Ben Joseph whose teas­ing low cross was touched home at the far post by Bas­ger.

Li­ons were run­ning riot with Chigwell un­able to live with Pear­son’s pen­e­tra­tive runs and move­ment. And while Chigwell looked over­awed by the oc­ca­sion and couldn’t wait for the fi­nal whis­tle, Li­ons were en­joy­ing it.

Sub­sti­tu­tions from both teams did not af­fect Li­ons’ free-flow­ing foot­ball and they added a fourth goal when Joseph’s cut-back was smashed home by Pear­son.

The clos­ing stages pro­duced two more goals for the hold­ers but first Hay­den Smith tried his luck from fully 50 yards with Li­ons keeper Elvey, who played with a bro­ken fin­ger, do­ing well to pluck the ball out of the glare of the flood­lights to pro­duce an ac­ro­batic save.

Span­ish eyes were smil­ing as Joseph was felled in the box. De­spite cen­tral de­fender Bas­ger and Pear­son be­ing on hat-tricks, sen­ti­ment got the bet­ter of the Li­ons who gave the ball to sub Brian Es­tiz. Just hours be­fore re­turn­ing to his home land, he drilled the penalty into the bot­tom cor­ner to be­come the first Spa­niard to score in the fi­nal.

Pear­son en­sured that there would be at least one hat-trick hero as he raced through in the dy­ing sec­onds to lift the ball over Rosen­thal to com­plete a 6-0 rout­ing.

Joint-man­ager Ken­net de­scribed the Chigwell fans as “fan­tas­tic” and added: “Full credit to them for get­ting to the fi­nal. Our big­gest chal­lenge now is to be­come the first team to do four-in-arow next sea­son.”

Co-boss Ben Win­ston said: “Con­sid­er­ing this was our fourth fi­nal, it was the first time that we worked out how to play on the width of Win­gate. We per­formed to a level we know we can play. When you have a cen­tre back who scores two goals it just goes to show that we’re a foot­balling team.

“I felt that we de­serve to win some­thing this sea­son. It’s been a dif­fi­cult cam­paign but we have not un­der-per­formed. We have won two Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phies and three JC Cyril Anek­stein Cups in the past four years which isn’t bad.”

Chigwell man­ager Rus­sell Green gave a bru­tal­ity hon­est as­sess­ment of the game. “We were com­pletely out­classed,” he said.

“I knew Li­ons were good but they played it around nicely and we just watched them. We made it easy for them. But I’m very proud of the boys for get­ting to the fi­nal .”

PHO­TOS: JOHN RIFKIN

Clash of the ti­tans: Li­ons mid­fielder Ricky Ken­net ( left) and Jon Pit­tal

Louis Bas­ger out­jumps Pit­tal

Mike Pear­son stole the show

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