The second Essex Alliance Football League Cup Final took place on Wednesday evening at Victoria Road and it pitted Divison Three winners Wapping against runners up Custom House in the Division Three Cup Final.
And with only three points separating the sides in the table this was seen as a potentially decent final. Another decent crowd of over 200 were in attendance in the bright May sunshine to see if this would be the case.
And after only two minutes the Wapping boys had their noses in front and what a goal it was too as a blockbuster of an effort from way out by Fuad Ibrahimbeat keeper Ian Whitmore, who did get a big hand on it, to see the ball nestle in the top corner.
However in the 21st minute Wapping did increase their lead when skipper Karl Blake run onto a corner to power home a close range header and give the Blues a tight grip on proceedings.
But right on half time Custom House did get that all important goal when Nils Welham glanced home a header into the far corner and it meant that Wapping would go into the break only one goal ahead.
Half Time: Wapping 2 Custom House 1
However just three minutes after the restart Wapping restored their two goal cushion after Nathan Akeconverted from close range and Custom House had it all to do once again.
And then midway through the half Wapping increased their lead further still when a great cross from Ibraham found player manager Adel Mouaden who headed home superbly and you felt the game could well be over at that stage.
Custom House to their credit didn’t give up and in the 73rd minute were screaming for a penalty after Richard Bazeley appeared to be impeded going for the ball, but nothing was given, however with eleven minutes to go they did pull a goal back when a John Chapman free kick was well saved by Konichev, but the ball squirmed free and was turned back across goal for Welham to turn home from close range.
Another goal back would of made things interesting but this didn’t materialise and in the 92nd minute Wapping almost made it safe when a free kick was headed off the line whilst down the other end Custom House saw an effort blocked after a good run by Mason and then a free kick swung into the Wapping box by Chapman was eventually headed wide although the flag had gone up.
And after several minutes of stoppage time the referee blew for full time and Wapping had claimed a league and cup double in their first ever season.