Old Boys fulfil their cup dream
27 February, 2017 — By Charlie Corbett
Clerkenwell Old Boys celebrate
GIANT-KILLINGS were all the rage at the weekend with Lincoln City and Millwall knocking Premier League sides out of the FA Cup.
With that in mind, Clerkenwell Old Boys’ boss Paul Ferguson was more determined than ever to make sure his charges lived up to their favourites tag when they tackled Crouch End Rangers in the final of the Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup, which this newspaper proudly sponsors.
Supporters of the Islington-based club who made the short journey to Hackney Marshes didn’t have to wait long before bursting into cheers as Steve Killingback found the back of the net after just 19 seconds.
Rangers responded well to the early setback as they piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.
But they were soon two down when Dean Francis scored the goal of the game – a thunderbolt volley from all of 25 yards.
The pulsating cup clash was far from over, however, as Rangers reduced the deficit early in the second half when John Addison pounced on a defensive mix-up to slot the ball into an empty net.
An equaliser looked on the cards but, against the run of play, Jamie Salvoni calmed Clerkenwell nerves when he took advantage of the second goalkeeping error of the game to slide the ball over the line and secure a 3-1 victory.
Winger Ilyas Ismail accelerates past Crouch End Rangers skipper Ash Clark
The scenes of celebration at the end of the game were extra special. It’s the first time Clerkenwell have ever won a trophy in the Camden Sunday League and the momentous achievement was quickly dedicated to their “biggest fan”, Rita Ferguson, mother of the team’s manager Paul, and wife of club chairman Stuart.
Rita died suddenly last year after suffering a heart attack and Stuart said that it was “destiny” that the Old Boys lifted the Challenge Cup at the weekend.
“We lost our biggest supporter in September. It was fate that we got to the final, and I think it was destiny that we won it,” he said.
Reflecting on the win, Paul said: “It was a great day. The Crouch End players were real gentleman. They showed great sportsmanship and pushed us all the way.
“We had a funny five minutes in the second half and I’ll admit it got a bit nervous on the sideline.
“But we beat them a couple of weeks ago so I was always confident that the boys could get a result.
“I want to give a special mention to defender Matthew Salvoni – he was our man-of-the-match after putting in a solid and inspiring display.”
Lightning strike not quite fast enough!
CLERKENWELL’S ace goal-getter Steve Killingback proved that lightning really can strike twice at the weekend when he scored after only 19 seconds in the final of the Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup.
Amazingly it’s not the fastest goal that the striker has ever scored. He hit our headlines three years ago when he scored after just 16 seconds for Athletico Annies in the final of the Senior Cup.
“My strike partner Daniel Attard quickly closed down the Crouch End defenders and won the ball, and squared it to me for a simple tap in,” said Steve after the game as he celebrated Clerkenwell’s 3-1 victory with daughters Lila, four, and three-month old Betsy (pictured).
“I looked straight at the ref and asked how quick it was.
“I was convinced I’d beaten my record. I was gutted when he said 19 seconds, I was so close. Still, it’s fantastic to score again in a final.”
The similarities don’t stop there, however, as both of Steve’s record-breaking goals have also helped his respective clubs, Athletico Annies and Clerkenwell Old Boys, win their first ever trophies in the Camden Sunday League.