This Cup tournament causes huge talking points for the Sunday League community. Its seen as the Premier County cup competition amongst the Sunday community. The plethora of talent to be found in this cup is breath taking from North and South of the River Thames.
The best of the best battle it out, track the progress of rivals and plot their course to winning this most treasured of cups, currently held by Lambeth All Stars after their win in the delayed 19/20 final against Gower All Stars.
This seasons competition started in October and saw exciting ties from the off.
Round 1 - Highlights
With both of last year’s finalists (Lambeth Allstars and Gower FC) receiving a bye along with Barnet boys Highgate Albion and OBDSFL Prem side Elmstead, we were treated to some mouthwatering fixtures.
Met new boys Grand Athletic saw off WESFA cup specialists JAM FC and Bayer Neverlusen lived up to their name by progressing to Round 2. A textbook win for SE London legends Kenningwell United put them in R2. Kumazi Strikers eased passed The Wall too.
YouTube boy’s UTR and Rising Ballers had comfortable away wins. Another YouTube battle brought SE Dons and Peckham Rye together where the guys in green got the win, with Peckham Rye making a fantastic show of themselves in their first time out in the competition.
Takers FC from the Barnet Sunday Football League bit the dust with a 3-2 loss to Olympia.
Fancied teams from north of the river Kizilirmak and Dumlupinar had comfortable wins. Baiteze and Mile End Baiteze both got through too, along with the Met leagues AFC Brixton.
SAHA from the CMSFL had a good win against WESFA Prem boys Orpington Rovers.
Round 2 – Highlights
After their byes in Round 1 Lambeth All Stars and Highgate Albion were drawn together with the OBDSFL boys taking the W on penalties. Kenningwell United and Continental got through on kicks from the penalty mark too.
Kumazi Strikers saw off stiff opposition from CMSFL lads SAHA. Gower, fancied by many, gave Neverlusen the push.
SE Dons faced familiar foes again in Dumlupinar after they faced each in last season’s competition. This time it was a clean sheet for the Dons in a 1-0 win back at their old stomping ground, The Jungle.
There were comfortable wins for Hammersmith Town and Grand Athletic.
Club Santacruzense De Londres, Mile End Baiteze and AFC Brixton were made to work for their R3 place.
The shock of the round came in the game between Rising Ballers and M Boys. RB had been touted amongst the favourites for the competition. M Boys are new to the Met league and currently sit top of the Premier Division.
With little known about them they have caught the eye by grabbing the W away from home.
Due to bad weather some games were left not played. Panathanaikos play Springhill United. Under the Radar against Kizilirmak looks like an intriguing tie. Baiteze against Elmstead could be a potential banana skin for the Youtubers. Hatcham Vista v Balham is also still to be played.
Round 3 –
With some games from R2 still to be played there are some fantastic potential games to be played. From the draw already we can see the Gower All Stars v M Boys is going to be a big game.
With their win in the last round M Boys have made themselves a scalp, and last years finalists will not take them for granted.
Continental have been going steadily so far and their game against Mile End Baiteze could bring fireworks.
The experienced Kumazi Strikers playing the Met Leagues Grand Athletic will be a good game.
From the rest of the games the potential of an away day to Hammersmith for UTR or kizilirmak could be daunting, as the West Londoners are looking very good.
No one will want to play Lambeth All Stars on their own patch and that awaits the winners of Hatcham Vista and Balham.
Kenningwell will travel to either Baiteze or Elmstead after the result of their game is confirmed. One game would be played in very familiar surroundings for the Tigers if Elmstead win.
SE Dons will be waiting with bated breath to see the outcome of the Panathinaikos/Springhill game. Springhill have done well to be in the hat still. Getting into the next round would be a huge accomplishment for the WESFA Prem side.
See all the fixtures and results via London FA's website here: https://bit.ly/3p2L2dh