09:00AM, Thursday 09 May 2019
Sabha celebrating their victory over Beaconsfield
Singh Sabha Slough continued their love affair with cup football as they picked up two more trophies this weekend, with Sabha Sunday’s beating Datchet Village in the Bob Smith Cup final while the Saturday side completed their treble of cup wins this season with a Bank Holiday win against FC Beaconsfield in the East Berkshire League Cup.
Sabha 6-1 Datchet Village
With Sabha’ Saturday side impressing this season, it was the turn of the Sunday side to taste some silverware as they put Datchet Village to the sword with a 6-1 win in the Bob Smith Cup final.
Sabha started sluggishly and conceded as Adam Goldie dispatched his free-kick off the bar and into the Sabha net.
The goal sparked some life into the Sabha side and they responded with a fine team goal. Omar Riaz and Jovan Bains combined before the latter found Hasan Mahmood who fired home the equaliser.
Now on the front foot, Sabha were enjoying themselves, but were made to wait until late in the first half to take the lead when substitute Pritpal Raju scored from the spot.
Sabha built on their lead in the second half with two goals from Ravi Sehajpal before Raju added his second and Sabha’s fifth of the game, courtesy of Riaz’s fourth assist of the match.
There was still time for one more and it fell to Bains to put the icing on the game, with a marvellous 20-yard free-kick in the dying moments to hand Sabha the Bob Smith Trophy.
Sabha 3-1 FC Beaconsfield
Sabha had centre-back Harprit Purewal to thank as the defender’s brace proved vital in their rousing 3-1 victory over FC Beaconsfield in the league cup.
Sabha went into the gaming looking to complete a cup treble, after securing the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup and the Slough Town cup in recent weeks.
The dangerous Mubarak Bashir caused the Beaconsfield defence early problems but it was Pritpal Raju who got the first real chance of the game, seeing his effort was smartly saved by the Beaconsfield ‘keeper. After seeing a few half chances go begging, Sabha finally took the lead through an unlikely source as when Purewal, up from the back, lashed home a half cleared corner. A strike any striker would be proud of.
Omar Riaz doubled the lead with a neat left-foot finish after breaking into the box to put Sabha in the ascendency, but an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration moments before half time allowed Beaconsfield a route back into the game from the penalty spot and it was a chance they duly took to reduce the deficit.
The second half proved to be a frustrating one for Sabha, who saw a goal disallowed for offside, Riaz hit the post and plenty of chances go begging. But, they persisted and got their reward as Purewal added to his first half strike with a towering header as Sabha held on to claim their third trophy of the season.
With all the cups now finished Sabha will concentrate on trying to push for the EBFL Premier Division with five games still remaining. Sabha must win them all to over take leaders and current champions Delaford. Sabha travel to Delaford this Saturday which could decide were the EBFL title is going this season.
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