Atho Jalo pulls one back for Jets
Thank fully it's all over !!
Jets went with another splinter side to the final game of the season, a thankless trip to deserving runaway Champions Kings Langley on their farewell to the SSML after just one season in the Premier Division.
Jets showed their total respect for the hosts by forming a guard of honour to applaud the champions onto the pitch for their final appearance. There was also congratulations and farewell to retiring referee Tony Weight who was assistant on his final game before hanging his flags and whistles up.
Jets kicked off and Joe Horwood promptly gave away a penalty 45 seconds later which was duly converted. Two minutes later young Atho Jalo was brought down and this time the referee said no, a bit harsh I think, and it certainly looked a penalty.
Jets paid the price as almost straight away our centre backs were beaten again and it was 2-0. Jets then rallied and had a lot of the ball, and a deserved goal back from a solo run from Atho Jalo that he finished well, 2-1.
Jets as stretched as they are with the team selection, manager Wayne Gladdy had hopes of some of his first team squad returning to action today, having seen Sunday's team sheets, but relapses denied him the numbers but he must have been pleased with some of the youngsters learning their trade today. Effectively the game ended with the home teams third and it was the goal of the game a stunner from 25 yards. Half time 3-1
Jets worked really hard in the second period and none more than Andrew Brennan who has returned to the fold in a call to arms to help Jets overcome their numbers crisis and he showed just how good he is again with a fantastic second half contesting every ball. On a lucky day Jets would have pulled one back. Sim chipped a superb ball over the keeper but with no Lee Armitt on there, the follow up was miles back, and the golden boot hopeful watching with striker mate Adam Lowton must have wished he was on there to finish it off.
Kings added a fourth and chasing a scoring record they streamed forward for more, but Jets buckled down for a result that was expected to be much worse. Its been a disappointing final month of mid table end of season bore about things, but more disappointing has been the lack of desire and commitment by a number of the squad, but the job was done and we all kick off again in the same place in August, but Gladdy and his team will hope for a bigger and stronger squad.
Jets man of the match today went to Andy Brennan, his second half resurgence was inspirational in a lost cause.
'A' team make Sir Stanley Rous Cup Final
The real Jets heroes today were the A team, who strangely had to replay their 'Sir Stanley Rous' cup semi final after they had lost to favourites Hemel Rovers A, but Hemel had played an illegible player.
Jets who had lost in extra time eleven days earlier in a final to the superb Vicarage Celtic side, had players who had not played until today because their legs seized up, so the old geriatrics of Jets may take some time to recover from extra time again. Finally getting the semi-final started after a delay waiting for home players, Jets stunned the hosts with an opener from Marc Ayres, the former first team skipper that led Jets up from the County league in the turn of the millennium, notched but the home side had squared the tie by half time.
In a scrappy but pulsating game neither could convert so into extra time. Another former skipper Chris 'Bobby nail him' Harding nailed a free kick straight in to nudge Jets in front. It was a young gun who clinched it in the second period when Charlie Cole got the killer goal and sent Jets into a final against Oxhey FC in an Oxhey equivalent 'El Classico' for the supporters.
Both sides clearly struggled to field a side today but it was a sporting affair and afterwards Hemel were genuinely magnanimous in defeat.
Many players had to give their all for Jets today and manager Tony Marren praised Ian Holdom for another two hour stint and Nick Miller carried on despite a knee injury, a decision that has all but ended his season now, but he carried on with no self thought, just the teams.
Will Brereton was described as in the form of his life as the 'banker' ( Yes BANKER) swapped his computer desk for a strong pitch performance to see Jets home. Marren paid personal tribute to assistant Mark Simmonds who made some effective tactical switches during the game.
Two finals in a season for the old sweats and boy they are an example to the club players around them to play as long as you can and enjoy it.
Well done lads, you are a credit to the club and an example to the youngsters who our futures depend on.
Joe Horwood concedes a penalty in the first minute
Kings Langley convert the penalty to take the lead
Atho Jalo is brought down in the area in the 3rd minute but nothing given
Kings Langley make it 2-0
Sim Armstrong really worked hard for Jets today
Jon Dailly played on despite a dead leg
Another strong game from Tom Kennedy
Atho Jalo proved himself to be a handful for defenders
Andy Brennan gets fouled but concedes a free-kick
Sim chips the keeper but there's no Armitt to finish it off
Match Officials: Kings Langley vs Oxhey Jets 25th April 2015
Best wishes to retiring Tony Weight (centre) who hung up his whistle and flag today
Tempting! Nat makes a run for the tube station!
To commemorate the Queens birthday honour coming to Oxhey Jets for founder John Elliott BEM, club helper Nats McDonald and her mate Michelle, work mates at McColls in Oxhey, did the walk from Buckingham Palace to Oxhey Jets to raise money for the Blue Button appeal.
Nats says that at the moment it is hoped to raise £1000-00 for the Oxhey Jets Blue Button appeal to match the 1,000 lbs they feel they lost doing the walk !
Both of them thought they were ready. Nats having done regular training comprising of at least two strolls from her house to Oxhey Jets total of about half a mile, and Michelle walking her daughter to the bus stop for school!
They set off at 7am for a train to London to visit HM at home to start the walk. Unlike when John was there they were offered no tea or salmon and cucumber sandwiches, but they set off on their walk at 9am with all the smart money on a non-finish !
Their chosen route past the historic London landmarks was photographed as they recorded their route. Having nearly been arrested at Paddington Green terrorist police station they escaped and headed for Kilburn where Jets received a tweet from Wingate and Finchley saying that they were romping along the road and going well and were seen 'making speed' towards home.
The total journey took seven hours and thirty five minutes with, they admit, the hardest moments being closer to home, i.e. Clamp Hill and Old Redding, where they further sold there bodies in the car park, so with collection over they headed down to the hill at the second part of Old Redding to the Hertfordshire Border.
Nats admitted that the painful bit was at the top of Oxhey Lane where they could hear the Oxhey Jets vs Tring crowd yelling and screaming as the goals popped in, but at that point Michelle hit a wall and was convinced she could not make it and the pair rucked all along Little Lane to get to the ground in time for the final whistle. They arrived to hooters and a celebration cup of tea and very very sore feet.
Jets boss John Elliott said it was fantastic having people raise this money for the club and hopes it will spark other people who use or have used the club over the years to pitch in and help and maybe do an event.
Nats said after walking twenty six thousand, six hundred and thirty two steeps to reach Oxhey Jets she was shocked to be asked to pay at the gate !! ( not really, it wasn't Dave on the gate or she would have had to!)
Nat says that she was really pleased to help the club, but she hopes not to do the walk again, maybe find something easier to do. Michelle is looking for a new best friend she says!!
Great job by both of you.
The Starting point: Buckingham Palace at 9.00 am
Nats looking ready to go
Site seeing through London
Nats with the cuffs removed
No time to stop for a Chinese!
Barnet, Wembley and Kingsbury
Nearly there, but the Case has never looked so good!
You can't stop now !!
A job well done. £1000 for the Blue Button!
Lee Armitt levels it at 1-1 as Jets fought back in the first half
Jets nonchalant final month to the season is the most disappointing thing about it, on a season that the team has achieved their third highest points accumulation ever in the Premier Division it's been an eye opener to see how disappointing it is as not just the genuine injuries but everything from pro football matches, rest, Sunday games and visiting Auntie causes withdrawals and the final month appearing as an inconvenience to people.
Today without twelve first team regulars the make shift side came within five seconds of getting a super point from their friends and St Mary's cup finalists, Tring Athletic.
At 2 pm the phone was hot to even find a substitute in a 'billy Butlins moment' but Ben Chandler sportingly answered the call where more didn't and his rewards were 45 minutes, his first since September, and still just about able to walk three days later, but thanks mate, great attitude for your club.
Tring had the best of the opening period and the Jets lads were doing really well but the worry was what would happen if they cracked, and on 21 mins it happened, a cracker from a free kick by Kieron Turner straight in, but young Riccardo in goal for only his second first team game I think will be upset with himself personally.
Jets response, however, was fantastic, no fold, in fact quite the opposite and it was an up and at them approach from Jets and they had the play and on 39 minutes our top scorer Lee Armitt, struggling badly with injury himself, levelled it when he latched onto young Jalo's through ball. 1-1
It was much the same till the break with Jets in the driving seat.
Jets were more than happy and praise was heaped on the lads by the coaches. Wayne was still trying to find his lungs after his 45 minute graft in the side.
Then in the second half the unbelievable as Lee Armitt again broke cleanly and executed the perfect finish for 2-1 Jets. 71 mins.
If they could stabilise this could be remarkable, but now the injuries were piling up, Adam Lowton pinged hammi sent on Ben for his great effort, and he chased the lot, but Armitt and Wayne Gladdy were hobbling and, with no other subs available, they gave their best and all, but it was swinging against them now.
Jamie Speer headed a fantastic shot off the line and it looked to have saved Jets but Taylor Collins netted the rebound 2-2 (77 mins).
Jets were limping over the line and the effort was just fantastic but fate for the third time in a month slapped them in the face when in the 96th minute, caused by a long injury to the young Jets keeper. Altha Jalo was breaking along the line and was fouled time and time again along the whole half of the pitch, not badly just little pull backs, but in the most inept bit of refereeing of the day nothing was given and the big one up the pitch to clear the danger for Tring was picked up by Ryan Sturges who beat his man and hit a blaster into the net past Jets' injured keeper. Jets restarted to the final whistle !!
It was a huge mistake by the official who with three bookings in the game for kicking the ball away, one when it was hit by a forward, again proved they know the 'technical offences' but never played enough to know a foul !!
It was harsh and a kick in the teeth for the inexperienced Jets team.
Jets Man of the match went to Joe Horwood, super game in the rear guard.
Lee Armitt's long range shot heads for the net to make it 2-1 Jets
Sam Faulkner leads the Jets team out
Jets go down to a 96th blast into the top corner
Lee Armitt's first of two was a good reward for playing with an injury
Match officials: Oxhey Jets vs Tring Athletic
Nat & Michelle completed their fundraising walk in time to see the last few minutes
Gary "The Legend" Page puts Jets in front
Rolling back the years in the 2015 Webster cup final was Oxhey Jets A team, the seasoned vets from Jets proud history who were so important to Jets climb when their first team was in this very West Herts league. They were up against a powerful Vicarage Celtic, top of the division above Jets and in multiple finals, so it looked like a turkey shoot on the big Hemel Town pitch.
Tony Marren picked his squad, a tight knit group of loyal Jets lads whose total ages added up to 635 years so average of a young 42 years, only one, keeper Steve Duce under 30 years and he doesn't do any running anyway!! They donned the Carlsberg kit, our generous club sponsors who had supplied a "more generous" shirt size, total appearances tonight for the club was 6160 games, so no shortage of experience at least and the top of that list was former first team skipper Marc Ayres who had played 651 previous games.
Jets kicked off up the slope on the sandy pitch hoping to ease their legs a little going downhill in the second period when the legs start to feel as heavy as the required oxygen cylinders needed to get their breath, and they gave as good as they took in an even first half where the running youth tactics took on the slower but controlled vets. Jets were very dangerous from set pieces and found the net via Ian Holdom but it was ruled out by a very unlucky assistant's flag, but look at the photos and see why Jets are more than a little disappointed. The same assistant got it wrong when Ian Holdom burst through beating the offside trap and was pulled back by his flag, and he was subsequently told a thing or two by Jenks and Eddie O who were right behind him and very very unhappy with the ball watching official whose reactions were slower than our players after 120 minutes.
In response to Jets, Celtics were really doing our job for us. We were playing a tight blocking game, and doing it well, but when they opened us up 90% of their chances were hit high over the bar or off target, so we were hoping it stayed that way. A blistering header looked goal bound but the save of the night was finger tipped over somehow by the Vicarage Celtic's keeper to keep the scores level at the break.
Now we expected to struggle in the second period as the legs started to go and first signs were the loss of Gary Quinnell to a ping on the old hammi, but in a scene first played out in the last millennium the commentator's words of "superb ball from Holdom to Page.... Goal! its Gary Page for Oxhey Jets" yep that goal scoring legend of 359 goals added another to shock the favourites back on their heels (52 mins).
Jets for a while looked for more as the adrenalin kicked in, and a goal line clearance denied a second and twice the Fox and Hound pair of Holdom and Page came close, but then VC sussed it out and the youthful side came hunting in fast moving packs at the now creaking legs. Jets started to take a battering and were throwing everything in the way to deny the successful cup holders from retaining their trophy. Woodgate, Ayres, Sheward needed every inch they had in all directions to block anything thrown at them, and it was Gary Dancy looking spritely chasing the young hounds matching their speed, if only in shorter bursts, but Jets were holding on.
VC threw on their subs and like the U-boats they hunted in packs and finally they cracked the defence when a fresh sub solo run was dribbled into the net, just as Steve Duce got a hand but not enough to deny .1-1(78 mins). From there it was one way as VC went for the cup but Jets held out and incredibly took the game to extra time, but that would probably mean half of these won't be able to get out of bed in the morning.
It was a magnificent display in extra time, a 30 plus minutes of hurt for Jets but they dug deep, they contested every ball, they gave their ALL, Steve Duce in goal was outstanding, making a save that all but matched VC's keepers first half one, and Gary Dancy pulled a super trooper one off the line to hold Jets in there. It was mostly VC now but on the break Jets threatened big time and nearly snatched one more than once. As time ran out you started to dream again that IF, just IF they held out maybe pens would be a chance for the old heads to snatch it.
Pens it was, the hated lottery of football that leaves someone feeling suicidal at the end..
1-1 all clean
2-1 Jets as Steve Duce pulls out a save to deny
3-2 Chris Harding clatters both posts but it goes in and Jets are on the brink
3-3 Paul Barrowcliff goes straight down the middle and it's all square
4-4 keeper Steve Duce takes his turn and takes it to sudden death
4-5 as poor Charlie Sheward is denied by the diving keeper that won the cup and earned him the Man of the Match from the league officers.
Our star player was shared between the outstanding keeper of Steve Duce and Ian Holdom who was the centre pin of all Jets forward moves tonight.
Tonight was one of the proudest cup final defeats I can remember in the club's history. They gave all but just, literally just, failed in the lottery of penalties to crown the most incredible night. It might be the last final ever for some, who knows, in football, but for sure they will never be able to give more than tonight. These players are some of the most loyal and most respected players in our history and tonight they showed why.... Mr Tony Marren you and all your team deserved your medals tonight, you are an example to players not just in our club but in grass roots football, in football that attracts declining headlines all over the country, but tonight two teams showed how to play a sporting generous final. Also good luck to Nick Debenham who is running the London marathon next week, wow will the legs recover in time !!
Congratulations to all at Vicarage Celtic on retaining your trophy, you earned it because we made you work your socks off to get it !!
Just like the 90's - the Holdom/Page Combo
Gary Dancy clears off the line in Extra Time
Holdom denied by the offside flag at 0-0, but goalie and defender on the line
Superb game from Jets keeper Steve Duce
Chris Harding still dominant
Jets push hard
Charlie Sheward goes close
Gary Page drives through the Celtic defence
Save of the match denies Jets
Celtic pressure finally delivers the equaliser
Masterclass from Ian Holdom
Solid defending from Gary Dancy
Phil Sharpe in the thick of the action
Keith Woodgate gives a piggyback
First shootout penalty gives Jets the lead
Steve Duce saves to give Jets the edge
Marc Ayres makes it 2-1 Jets on penalties
Paul Barrowcliff misses and its tied
Steve duce nets and its 4-4
Unlucky for Charlie Sheward as is miss in sudden death means Celtics win 5-4
Oxhey Jets Webster Cup Final Team Photo
Jets clap Kings Langley, the Spartan South Midlands Premier Champions, onto the pitch.
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