Isthmian Premier: Hendon triumph in SJP Cup
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 18 July 2017
Greens beat Hemel Hempstead Town and Hitchin Town on glory trail
Hendon won the SJP Cup with a comfortable 4–1 defeat of Hitchin Town at Silver Jubilee Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Greens had reached the final a day earlier with a 3-1 victory over Hemel Hempstead Town.
In the semi-final, against a Hemel side containing some first-team squad members, Hendon took a 2–0 lead into half-time.
Niko Muir scored twice in a minute, the first a penalty after 28 minutes – which came after superb interplay between Andre Da Costa, Muir and Kezie Ibe, who was unceremoniously brought down.
A minute later Muir got his second, this one a one-on-one finish after he broke clear of the defence.
The Tudors pulled a goal back after 58 minutes, though Hendon defenders were certain it was offside.
The game remained in the balance for the next 20 minutes, but the Greens made the game safe with 12 minutes to go when Taron Dawkins struck.
Hitchin’s squad was not as strong as it had been with only two starters and most the substitutes from the previous day’s near first-team line-up.
Hendon’s squad also contained a few less first-teamers than the day before, but they were quick to take control.
Defender Andrew Iwediuno gave the Greens lead around the quarter-hour mark, but a minute later, a defensive slip gave the Canaries the chance to draw level.
Just before the half-hour, a superb flowing move was superbly finished by Josh Walker, giving Hendon a lead they would not relinquish.
The usual practice of multiple changes in the second half made the game rather more disjointed, but there was one who took the opportunity to show off his skills.
In the 71st minute came a moment of real quality, courtesy of a perfect free-kick from Daniel Uchechi which was floated into the top corner.
Just before the final whistle, Uchechi, who – along with Montel Joseph, Sam Murphy, Rian Bray and Dave Diedhiou played the full 90 minutes – was on hand to score the fourth.