Reserves finish on a high
Hever 0 Platt Utd Res 2
Report courtesy of Owen Houlihan
A goal each for strike partners Daryl Andrews and Gary Bowman allowed Platt Utd Reserves to ease to victory in the Sevenoaks Charity (Junior) Cup Final at Greatness Park on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Kent County League Reserve Division outfit and last year's beaten finalists controlled a one-sided final, in which UK Rentals Division One side Hever rarely threatened, to lift the trophy.
Platt goalkeeper Andrew Tappin was a spectator for much of the match and easily maintained his record of not having conceded a goal throughout the tournament.
The action moved from end to end in the opening exchanges although Hever did cause a scare from a corner after just five minutes.
Seven minutes Platt striker Andrews pulled the first opportunity wide and then Glenn Miller saw a 30 yard chip fly narrowly over.
Platt now dominated and Matthew Allen was unlucky when a close-range header was somehow cleared off the line.
The Reserves took the lead on the half hour when Andrews chased a long ball and hooked it across his body into the far corner beyond the despairing dive of Everitt.
Bowman wasted a chance to double the lead five minutes before the break when he headed weakly into the keeper's arms. However, the striker made no mistake a minute after the interval as Platt increased their advantage without a Hever player having touched the ball. A sequence of 10 passes was superbly strung together before Bowman trapped the ball and turned to fire a stunning second into the corner of the net.
The goal stung Hever into action, substitute Bovingdon fired wide from six yards before Tappin saved brilliantly at the feet of the on-rushing Moore.
But Platt should have scored again when Bowman headed wide from close in before Petty was spectacularly denied by an out-stretched Hever foot near the final whistle.
Team: A.Tappin, D.Smith, V.Pope, D.Nicholls, G.Miller, W.Ellis, M.Allen, T.Shaw, J.Petty, G.Bowman, D.Andrews, S.Fisher, G.Gilbert, S.Lovett.