There will be a new name on the Sunday League CML Cup this season after holders Agua went crashing out to Boca Juniors in their semi-final match last weekend.
The first game in the two-leg tie finished one apiece, so each side had everything to play for in the return. But with a place in the final at stake, both teams were cautious with the priority being placed firmly on the defence.
However, Boca took the lead thanks to a defensive mistake by Agua’s goalkeeper. A simple Kenzel Dixon cross was allowed to bounce off his chest and agonizingly for Agua ended up in the goal after 11 minutes.
Boca produced two pieces of individual brilliance after the break.
First, Carlos Welcome hit a bullet of a shot from 30 yards that flew into the top corner to put Boca two up after 58 minutes. The game was similarly lit up in the final minute when Ariel Tatum hit an equally spectacular shot, this time from 20 yards. The final score of 3-0 is slightly harsh on Agua and they will look back on a strong penalty appeal at 2-0 when De Riso was kicked inside the box, but with the referee playing the advantage they squandered a great chance from close range.
The remaining place in the final was a fight between Harry’s and Triple Crown Wanderers at the TE McField Annex. With the first leg finishing in a scoreless draw, this game was just as tight but come the referee’s final whistle it was Harry’s who deservedly won to meet Boca in the final.
The breakthrough for Harry’s was made when Dan Stuber latched onto to a pass to lob the ball over the approaching Wanderers keeper. After the interval the Wanderers enjoyed their best spell of pressure in the game and were well worthy of an equaliser when Kia McGriele sped onto a cross before knocking the ball home in the 55th minute.
Harry’s stole the initiative mid-way through the half with two goals in three minutes. First Stuber ran through a gap in the Wanderers defence to slip the ball past the diving keeper.
Then Harry’s captain Chris Fenn in a scramble hit the ball high into the net to make it 3-1. Wanderers’ Seba Mena shot home from a well worked indirect free kick that finished the game at 3-2.
The final of the CML Cup is at the TE McField Annex on Sunday 6 May with an 8.30am kick-off.