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Make ours a double!

Sunday league aces win their second trophy of season

25 April, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Hackney Wednesday line up with the Senior Cup trophy after beating Badu FC 3-1 at Hackney Marshes

PLAYERS from Hackney Wednesday FC enjoyed a well-deserved pint or two after winning their second successive double in the Camden Sunday League.

Wednesday and Badu FC have been two of the best teams in the league this season, so there was little surprise when they met in the Senior Cup final just before Easter.

The game, which was played on the show pitch at Hackney Marshes, started at a fast and frantic pace, with Badu’s young side dominating the early possession.

However a counter-attack from Wednesday broke the deadlock with midfielder Dan Crockett clipping a pass over the defence for Fergus McIntosh, who expertly lifted the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper before finishing calmly into the open net.

McIntosh then turned provider as Wednesday doubled their advantage, picking out Martyn Davies who tucked away his effort at the back post. Davies then put the result out of Badu’s reach before the break when he scored his second of the afternoon, taking his personal tally for the season to 30.

Nathan Busitil won the ball in midfield and released right-back Andy Baker, who played in the formidable striker. Davies effortlessly rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home from a tight angle to give Wednesday a 3-0 lead at the break.

Both teams cancelled each other out in the second half, with a real lack of chances until the final 10 minutes of the match.

Badu pulled a goal back from the penalty spot to set up a nervy finale, but it wasn’t enough to silence yet more celebrations from the Wednesday players following the 3-1 win.

Dan Hodkinson and Martyn Davies with the cup

The club can put the cup next to the Division One title that they had already won, adding to last season’s feat of winning the Division Two title and the Junior Cup.

“It was a top-class performance against tough opposition,” said Dan Hodkinson, who was voted Wednesday’s joint man of the match alongside two-goal hero Davies.

“We took our chances in the first half and defended like heroes in the second half.

“Any of the boys could have been man of the match today, it was a fantastic team effort.”


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