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Francis hits five goals as Regent's win Islington Gazette Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:14 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:14 20 May 2015

Alfie Francis of Regent's FC with the Islington Gazette Cup

Alfie Francis of Regent's FC with the Islington Gazette Cup

Dieter Perry

Alfie Francis became the first player to score five times in the Islington Gazette Cup final as Regent’s FC finally lifted the trophy.

Regent’s – who were runners-up last year and went on to lose another three finals – put their dreadful cup record to bed at last by overcoming underdogs K London United 6-3 at Market Road.

However, they were given a stern test by the Islington Midweek League Division Two underdogs, who had already knocked out two top-flight teams and fought back from 4-1 down to 4-3 in a goal-laden first half.

Relieved Regent’s boss Des Casey admitted: “They were well organised, relentless and broke quickly – they didn’t stop for 90 minutes. I did start to panic a little bit when they got back to 4-3.

“We didn’t make as many chances in the second half, but we kept better possession. Alfie has been fantastic – he’s stuck with me all season, even when I benched him now and then, and he really showed his worth.

“It means so much to the boys and we’re absolutely elated to have won a cup. Now we’ve got the Ken Doherty Cup final on Thursday [against Islington Admiral United] and we’re going to try and do it again.”

Francis gave Regent’s a dream start, firing them ahead after three minutes, but Yong Jju equalised for K London with a close-range finish 15 minutes later.

An exquisite chip from Francis immediately restored Regent’s lead – and he then completed his hat-trick before setting up Yemi Buraimoh to make it 4-1.

However, K London fought their way straight back into the contest with two goals in the space of a minute – Yong pulling back the first before a stunning strike into the top corner from Yong Jju reduced the gap to one.

The second half proved to be a less open affair, but Francis gained some breathing space for his side when he curled a drive into the top corner on 66 minutes and then added his fifth of the game late on to seal victory.

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