Foxham Park outsmart MQ United to triumph in Islington Gazette Cup tie
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Player-manager Joe Gaminara scored twice as Foxham Park stormed into the next round of the Islington Gazette Cup with a 6-1 victory over MQ United.
Foxham, who are setting the pace in Division One of the Islington Midweek League, enjoyed most of the early possession against MQ, but looked frustrated when Joe Paley had two goals disallowed.
They eventually broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark after a flowing team move that ended with a cool finish from vice-captain Greg Giessen, and the scoreline remained unchanged at the interval.
MQ responded well in the second half, capitalising on a defensive lapse to equalise – but that spurred Foxham into action and top scorer Timmesh Pillay restored their lead with a neat dribble and finish.
Louis Mole’s tireless running was rewarded as he sped onto a precise through ball to make it 3-1 and Gaminara then cut inside and unleashed a curving drive into the roof of the net.
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MQ looked a beaten side by now, but their misery was compounded as substitute Raphael Bliss pounced on a defensive error to hit Foxham’s fifth goal before Gaminara completed the scoring.
Last year’s runners-up Regent’s FC also eased comfortably into the next round, with leading marksman Alfie Rogers scoring five times as they hammered Premier Division newcomers Kentish Town 7-1.
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Alfie Francis put Regent’s ahead with a left-foot drive into the bottom corner, but Town hit back to make it 1-1 at half-time.
However, they were steamrollered in the second period as Rogers rattled in five goals and Jesse Nojeka, who recently joined Regent’s from Islington Borough, added the seventh.
Regent’s, who have made a good start to the defence of their league title, with seven points from their first three games, take on St Paul’s Celtic in the second round of the cup on Thursday night.
Jordy Ndjeka became the first player to score four times on his debut for Islington Admiral United as they dispatched Furzedown Fire 8-1.
Ndjeka has already formed an exciting front line with Alfie Bartram, who netted a hat-trick in Admiral’s comprehensive first round win over their Division Two opponents.
Furzedown refused to lie down and got on the scoresheet just before half-time, but Admiral were just too strong and Daniel Nicholas rounded off a good team performance with their eighth goal.