Old Boys aim to keep the cup
Holders face Rangers in last eight, after rivals met in last year’s final
05 January, 2018 — By Steve Barnett
Clerkenwell Old Boys celebrate winning last year’s Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup after beating Crouch End Rangers
AMATEUR football returns with a big bang this weekend when Clerkenwell Old Boys take on rivals Crouch End Rangers for a place in the semi-finals of the Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup.
The mouthwatering quarter-final fixture is a repeat of last year’s thrilling final, in which Clerkenwell ran out 3-1 victors to finally get their hands on what they dubbed their “FA Cup”.
Rangers, however, quickly proved that they have mettle made of steel when, just weeks after losing the showpiece at Hackney Marshes, they exorcised their demons by beating Clerkenwell 1-0 in the Senior Cup final.
The winner came from midfielder Wally Downes, whose dangerous inswinging corner somehow managed to find its way into the back of the net.
“We know Crouch End are a very good team, and we certainly won’t be taking the game lightly,” said Clerkenwell manager Paul Ferguson.
“Getting some of the boys to commit to a Sunday morning isn’t always easy, but as soon as the draw was made I had over 20 players guaranteeing me that they would be there. It promises to be a great showdown.
“We’re a cup team, we’ve always been a cup team, and for us the Challenge Cup is the biggest competition we play in every season.
“It’s our FA Cup, and having finally got our hands on it last season, we’re not planning on giving it up.”
By 1pm on Sunday afternoon, following a morning of silky skills, tough tackling and, hopefully, a glut of great goals, the final four of the Challenge Cup will be known.
The remaining ties in the quarter-finals see Division One leaders The Hurricanes take on Surreal Madrid,who are struggling at the bottom of the second division.
There’s also a top-flight showdown between Cobden and Badu Sports, while Enate United tackle Auld Shillelagh.