|Date||9th February 2019|
|Competition||Herts Centenary Trophy|
|Kick-off Time||3:00 pm|
|Result||Won 4 ‐ 2|
Lions fought back well to take their place in their second final of the season, Belstone standing in their way from regaining a Herts Centenary Trophy that the club has had so much success in in the last 10 years.
A young Broxbourne side came to Rowley Lane on Saturday in the semi-final and more than contributed to a competitive game. The windy conditions didn’t help the overall quality, but in a tight game there is always drama. The visitors certainly had the better of the opening period and will count themselves unlucky not to have been leading. Myers saw his crossbar struck by an audacious back flick and soon after was in the right place to save as Boro broke clear. But it took some typically Myeroff defending to keep the scores level just before the break, first sliding in with a great tackle before, although still grounded, thrusting is head in the way of the follow up to deflect the ball over. Lions had their moments, Bolle’s shot on the run just going wide, but a succession of crosses from Arnold and Creese were collected by the giant Boro keeper.
With the wind at their backs it was Lions who had the balance of play in the second half, but they couldn’t find a route to overly trouble the Boro goal, and on the break the visitors carried a threat. And on the hour one such counter saw them take the lead, a through ball sending the long haired winger away, and as Myers came out he rounded him and slotted home. Lions huffed and puffed, Bolle forcing a smart save, but Boro had a couple of chances of their own to settle the game. And for failing to convert those they were made to pay with 6 minutes on the clock. A long ball from Landesberg went over the otherwise commanding centre back and under the foot of his partner leaving Lipman in the clear. Lions wouldn’t want anyone else in that situation – he gave the keeper the eyes and struck the ball home.
Into extra-time the game thus went and it was now all Lions. With the wind at their backs again they poured forward, Bolle from close range should have scored, but credit the keeper for a superb save. Yet from the resulting corner Landesberg got a perfect flicked contact, the ball arrowing into the far top corner and Lions led. And 2-1 was soon 3-1. Edwards’ run was crudely ended 25 yards out, Lipman did a Lipman and struck home as sweetly as you like past the keeper’s despairing dive.
Lions might have feared a difficult second 15 minutes as Boro had the elements in their favour, but any chance was dispelled a minute in when Lions were awarded a penalty. Lipman was denied his hat-trick by a superb save, the follow up to deny Edwards arguably even better, but the ball fell to Edwards again who this time made no mistake. Lions saw the remainder out comfortably, a late goal from the visitors proving nothing more than a consolation.