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Stepney thriller is cup highlight

PUBLISHED: 15:52 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ THE opening round of the East London Sunday League s Jubilee Cup kicked off last weekend in spectacular fashion with a thrilling Stepney derby between East Moore and Arbour Athletic. The meeting between the two Division One promotion can

By PHIL RAVITZ

THE opening round of the East London Sunday League's Jubilee Cup kicked off last weekend in spectacular fashion with a thrilling Stepney derby between East Moore and Arbour Athletic.

The meeting between the two Division One promotion candidates produced a gripping encounter, which saw East Moore come from behind to win a seven-goal thriller 4-3 as goals from Troy Deering, Sean Brown, John Magnus and a late winner from Ricky Field settled an outstanding cup tie.

League champions Meath United continued their poor start to the new campaign as they exited the cup in the first round, dropping out of the competition they won two seasons ago following a 5-3 defeat by Reama.

Concordia sprang a surprise in another high-scoring game, coming through 4-3 against Premier Division new boys Hench FC.

Clapton Rangers powered into the next round with a 10-2 triumph over East End United, while newly promoted Premier outfit SK Veleciku also hit double figures in an identical 10-2 rout of Holloway FC.

Inter Lucia, who have been tipped to figure in this season's Premier Division title race, showed their form in a 9-1 thrashing of Arbour Athletic's B team, while Rolls Park posted seven goals without reply when they met East Moore's B side.

Tube Lines progressed by the only goal of the game in a keenly contested clash with Young Prince, while Byron Athletic and Adriatiku both advanced to the next round courtesy of walk-overs after Hackney sides Haggerston Park and Queensbridge Rangers failed to appear for their first-round ties.

Springfield provided one of the shocks of the day by beating Premier Division outfit Hackney Downs.

Division Two outfit Springfield have made an indifferent start to their league campaign, but really upturned the form book by overcoming their borough rivals 3-1 in a fine display.

It was a particularly bad day for the Downs club as their B side were also drawn against Division Two opposition in the shape of unbeaten Millwall Albion, who are currently top of the fledgling table and showed that they are in for a good season with a creditable 4-2 win.

In the few league games that took place, New North Rangers, who came close to folding at the end of last season, showed that they are a different proposition this time around.

New North recorded their third successive win in Division Three to share top spot in the table following a 4-1 success over Acorn.

William Fitt Tigers won the club derby against their own Lions side with a 3-1 win, while Besiktas triumphed over Juva 4-2 after both sides had to trail around the Marshes to find an available pitch.

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