Kings beaten in Herts Charity Shield final

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Oxhey Jets 4 Kings Langley 1

KINGS Langley suffered their second cup final defeat in a week as they were beaten by Oxhey Jets in the Herts Charity Shield.

Langley had taken an early lead through Craig Lynskey, but the side tired in the second half and Jets took advantage to turn the game on its head.

It was a disappointing end to the season for Kings – but they can take pride in their efforts over the course of a gruelling 57-game campaign.

Kings had started the game well against Oxhey and looked to be on course to add the Shield to their Herts Senior Centenary Trophy as a Nathan Pooley cross saw Evan Connolly and Jimmy Armstrong combine to give Lynskey the chance to fire home the opener.

Ten minutes later, Lynskey’s superb right wing cross found the head of the unmarked Armstrong five yards out, but the usually deadly striker directed his effort a foot past the post.

Sensing a reprieve, MSSML Premier Division side Oxhey worked their way back into the game and began to dominate the midfield.

And as the half came to an end, they got a game-changing slice of luck as Gavin Hart’s weak shot was deflected past stranded Kings keeper Ross Hampton into the net.

A torrential downpour of rain arrived at half-time and the difficult conditions had a big part to play in Jets’ second goal.

The usually reliable Hampton spilled the ball in the area and, during the resulting melee, Jets were awarded a penalty which Lewis Putman converted.

As the weather deteriorated, so did Kings’ performance, and although Pooley, Armstrong and Chris Mason came close, it was Jets who added two late goals to wrap up the win and take the trophy.