Allbright on the night as Oliver twins grab more glory

AFC Allbright celebrate their PFA Sunday Junior Cup Final win. Picture: David Lowndes
AFC Allbright celebrate their PFA Sunday Junior Cup Final win. Picture: David Lowndes
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Twins Matthew and William Oliver twisted the knife in the second-half as Allbright claimed the spoils in the PFA Sunday Junior Cup tonight (April 1).

Matthew bagged a hat-trick and William also netted as Allbright beat Peterborough Sunday Division Two rivals Premiair 4-2 on a dramatic night at Chestnut Avenue.

Allbright were comfortably the better side throughout, but twice came close to throwing the cup away. They conceded the opening goal to Ben Calvo against the run of play just past the half hour mark and were then pegged back at 2-2 with just six minutes remaining by a Nico Agius penalty.

But just as thoughts turned to a penalty shoot-out a couple of calamaties in the Premiair defence enabled Matthew Oliver to score twice from a combined total of six yards in the 88th and 92nd minutes to complete his hat-trick. Matthew had headed Allbright level, with the help of a generous deflection off the head of Sean Gyles, following a corner in the final minute of the first-half.

The timing of the goal stunned Premiair who allowed William Oliver to poke home a second goal just three minutes after the re-start. Matthew was also denied in a one-on-one situation by Premiair goalkeeper Gary Eldred.

Premiair had their chances, most notably in the first-half when Ryan Alban fluffed a one-on-one by lobbing the ball over the net. They rattled Allbright after levelling from a penalty awarded for a handball offence, but ultimately defensive errors cost them.

Allbright are in their first season as a Sunday League club, but they have assembled a starry side for their regular level of competition.

Goalkeeper Dan Robinson is part of Stilton United’s unlikely Peterborough Premier Division title-chasing side, while Damien Ramm, the outstanding defender by a country mile in this game, plays at the same level for Peterborough Sports.

And William Oliver is a key man for Premier Division leaders Oakham United. He must also be one of the chattiest men in local football as he kept up a running dialogue with patient referee Martin Reed for most of the match even after he’d been cautioned for a high tackle in the forst half.

Allbright: Dan Robinson, Tom Norman, Luke Hill, Damien Ramm, Ryan Mason, Daniel Bennett, Antonio Esposito, William Oliver, Matthew Oliver, Ismael Garzon, Jake Narducci, Sam Large, Ryan Hill, Reece Currie, Tom Herring, Giorgio Esposito.

Premiair: Gary Eldred, Neil Cox, Nico Agius, Thomas Brown, Sean Gyles, Ash Macdonald, John Belcher, Jake Wilson, Ben Calvo, Rian Inns, Ryan Alban, Alex Weston, Lee Watson, Daniel Irwin, Simon Irwin, Joe Matthews.

Goals: Allbright - M. Oliver (45 mins, 88 mins, 90 + 2 mins), W. Oliver (48 mins).

Premiair - Calvo (31 mins), Agius (pen, 84 mins).

Cautions: Allbright - W. Oliver (foul), Esposito (foul), Bennett (foul).

Premiair - Weston (foul).

Referee: Martin Reed

Assistants: Callum Sharp, Ryan Allison.

Attendance: 95.