Kings Langley bounced back from defeat in their last outing to surge into the semi-finals of the MSSML Division One Cup with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over title challenging London Lions.
The match began slowly as both sides struggled to adjust their passing to a heavy pitch and neither keeper was properly tested.
But when Callum Adebiyi’s cross-shot hit the angle of post and bar, Kings suddenly clicked into gear and Jimmy Armstrong and Sam Warrell had headers superbly saved by Dan Lee, before the keeper finger-tipped a Jack Johnson shot to safety.
A frustrated Langley went straight for the jugular at the start of the second half and Lee was beaten at last when Jack Pattison’s free-kick was flicked on by Jimmy Armstrong to Adam Hallissey who finished from four yards out.
The home side were now comfortably in control, but Lee kept the Lions in the game with three further top-drawer saves – the best of which denied the newly-introduced Craig Lynskey.
In fact, it took a mis-hit shot from the other Kings sub, Tom Carter, to beat Lee as Warrell pounced on the spiralling ball to toe-poke home from close range.
Soon afterwards, Jack Pattison pulled the ball back for Carter to fire past a demoralised defence and wrap up the win.
Kings’ semi-final opponents at Gaywood Park will be either Hoddesdon or Cockfosters, who play in the quarters next Tuesday.