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Albion aces bounce back in style

A year after suffering relegation, club scoop silverware and challenge for the title

19 April, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Highgate Albion celebrate winning the Middlesex Junior Trophy after their win over Bedfont & Feltham. PHOTO: BEN ANGEL

MANAGER John Eager thanked the “fantastic supporters” who cheered Highgate Albion on to victory on Sunday in the final of the Middlesex Junior Trophy.

Albion captured the cup in style as they beat Bedfont & Feltham 3-2 in a thrilling showpiece at Rectory Park, the Middlesex FA’s new HQ in Northolt.

Afterwards, ecstatic boss Eager said: “It’s an incredible achievement for all of us involved and full credit to the lads who gave everything they had to win the game.

“Thank you to the travelling support who came up from Camden and Islington – we couldn’t of done it without you.

Albion’s Alan Callaghan in action during the final

“It’s our first piece of silverware together and it’s even more special due to the fact that it’s a Middlesex FA County Cup that we’ve won.”

The silverware marks a sensational turnaround for Albion, who have gone from being relegated and winning just four games in the entire previous season, to winning the Middlesex Junior Trophy and challenging for the title in Division Three of the Barnet Sunday League this time around.

Alan Callaghan was the star of the show in the final. The winger needed just two minutes to open the scoring as he found the back of the net with a spectacular volley from the edge of the box after Bedfont failed to fully clear a corner.

A defensive mix-up between defender Sam Bryan and goalkeeper John Harfield allowed Bedfont striker James Stacey to equalise. But Albion re-established the lead midway through the first half with a sweeping team move. Anthoney Dalton led the charge, playing a clever pass to Paul Reid in the channel, who in return picked out McNamara. The midfielder saw his effort well saved by the Bedfont goalkeeper, only for the ball to rebound to the edge of area for Dalton to smash home.

Callaghan capped a man-of-the-match display just before the break when he scored his second of the game.

Bedfont were reduced to 10 men in what Eager described as “a fiery second half”, but they still managed to pull a goal back to set up a nervous finale. Any chances of finding a late equaliser were ended late on, however, when they were then reduced to nine men following another dismissal.

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