Essex Alliance League – Division 2 Cup Final
CSM London 1 – Wilson 22’, Rainham WMC 1 – Tormey 45’
(CSM London win 6-5 after penalties)

CSM London were able to add the Division 2 Cup to earlier promotion success in their debut season after overcoming a tough Rainham Working Men’s Club side 6-5 penalties after drawing 1-1 following 90 minutes of nail-biting football.

With a packed crowd of around 300 in attendance, both teams were cheered on with incredible support. Of the two sides CSM London had the better opening 20 minutes, as Ade Yusuf and Keifer Cole both had big chances to give CSM an early lead. However, the side were rewarded after Ade Yusuf flicked a header into Omar Wilson’s path who slid the ball in to give The Londoners the lead to earn a deserved goal.

This seemed to spur their opposition into life as Rainham WMC battled back with the clearer chances and better play, eventually leading to the equaliser just before half time. Liam Tormey latched onto a chipped through ball with exquisite chest control and tucked in with great composure.

The 2nd half started with much of the same pressure from Rainham WMC who had 2 chances cleared off the line thanks to Matthew Knights and James Blake who found themselves in the perfect position to clear for CSM. As the half wore on, plenty of stoppages disrupted the flow of the game, but CSM seemed to grow in the last 15 minutes. However, neither side could find the winner before full-time leading to a penalty shootout to decide the Division 2 Cup Final.

With both sides missing early penalties, a sudden death situation occurred after the first 5 penalties for each side. Ryan Thompson made himself the hero for CSM saving the final penalty to give the side a 6-5 victory in the shootout and a cup victory in their debut season.