Tensions rise as Real reach semi-finals in cup thriller
Real Romania underlined their promotion credentials by overcoming Premier Division opponents to reach the semi-finals of the Albert Daniels Senior Cup
By PHIL RAVITZ
Division One leaders Real Romania underlined their promotion credentials by overcoming Premier Division opponents to reach the semi-finals of the Albert Daniels Senior Cup on Sunday.
In a nail-biting quarter-final with Old King John's Head, extra-time was ultimately needed to decide a tense encounter that frequently threatened to boil over.
Romania had taken a second-half lead through Gheorge Ofrim, but King John levelled late on through Paul Doyle to force an extra half hour.
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Yet the Haggerston side were unable to conjure another equaliser when Real's Antonio Mierei restored his side's lead and Romania duly progressed into the semi-finals.
Fellow Division One promotion hopefuls Army and Navy also reached the last four of the competition as Tony Scully fired a double in a comfortable 3-0 win over strugglers London Aprilia.
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The Jack Morgan Cup also provided a handful of upsets last weekend, highlighted by the exit of Division Two leaders Delta, who fell to a 2-1 defeat against Hackney rivals Homerton Rangers.
Division Four outfit Shoreditch Fire Penguins provided another shock as Duncan Coombs struck the only goal in a 1-0 win over Aberfeldy, who have been in good form in Division Three.
Old George required extra-time to edge through against AFC Knights in a match of fluctuating fortunes.
The Bethnal Green side led 1-0 through Stuart Pearson, but then fell 2-1 behind only to equalise late on through Shane Javier, who promptly struck the extra-time winner to send Old George through.
In league action, Eureka moved into third place in the Premier Division in some style after a crushing 8-0 win over Red Devils, with Eric Palmer scoring a hat-trick. Justin Cummins, Alex Bramble, Shane Joseph, Ian Baker and John Nevin were also on target for Eureka.
FC Metwin emerged victorious from the relegation clash in Division One following a 2-1 triumph over Midfield, while Aaron Williams hit a hat-trick as Mile End shared an entertaining 4-4 draw with Gascoyne.