89th Minute Goal
London Tigers first team made history on Saturday 13th by reaching the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Cup for the first time after seeing off the challenge of Ryman First Division side Brightlingsea Regent at home in Avenue Park with a 1-0 final score.
London Tigers will be playing their next FA Cup match against away to Needham Market FC on Saturday 27th September with 3pm kick off at Bloomfields, Quinton Road, Needham Market, Suffolk IP6 8DA. Tigers fans are encouraged to go along and cheer on the team.
This match was played in the spirit of a classical FA Cup match all action and end to end play. London Tigers had the upper hand for most of the game and were unlucky not to make the breakthrough before half-time.
In the early minutes the Tigers struck down the right wing and Jonathan Davite crossed for Maicon da Silveira Zanchet to head firmly goalwards but Brightlingsea’s keeper, Luke Arenell dived full stretch to his left and touched it round the post making a great save. The match continued to excite everybody in the ground the only thing missing in the first half was goals. In the final minute of the half Ilyes Mohammed was adjudged to have brought down Russell Malton in the penalty area but when Ben Newson stepped up to take the kick Tigers keeper Luis Mendes De Brito out guessed him and made a great save to send the two teams level at half time.
As the second half got under way the Tigers had the ball in the net from Da Silveira Zanchet but the referee ruled that he had fouled the keeper in the process and disallowed the goal. Then again in the 74th minute Kye Hendrix had the ball in the net again but this time he was offside.
It took until the 89th minute for the deadlock to be broken when the Tigers attack was pushed down the left wing through Bamba Kavanly and he fed Eduardo Perez –Redondo who had his shot blocked and the ball flew out to Emmanuel Njodzeka on the edge of the penalty area and he took an instant first time shot that flew hard and low into the bottom corner of the net to leave Brightlingsea broke-hearted and the Tigers enduring an extra 4 nervous minutes of added on time
Team Line Up:
London Tigers: L Mendes de Brito I Mohammed J Davite E Njodzeka G Chiedozie R Bettamer S Philogene B Kavanly M Da Silveira Zanchet E Perez-Redondo Z Sabti
Subs: J Huender dos Santos K Hendrix J Laraba M Dedoncker J Carvalhaes A Soussi R Rodrigues
Brightlingsea Regent: L Arenell W Joseph J Gould J Turner J Holman M Cripps R Griggs L Milbourne R Malton J Osei B Newson
Subs: A Berkane S Bartlett J Phillips C Durling J Johnson D Joyce J Gould
London Tigers FC is a semiprofessional team based in Greenford that competes in the Spartan South Midlands League’s Premier Division. London Tigers began as a small local football club in 1986, under the name Marylebone FC run by a few dedicated volunteers with a passion for football. The team competed in local, regional and national small-sided competitions and became a dominant force within the Asian sports scene.
By the mid-1990s the membership of the club became so diverse that that the club formalised into an organisation as London Tigers to cater for the health and sporting needs of the people living in Westminster and the wider UK community.
Alongside the Football Club, London Tigers became the leading Asian sports organisation providing the UK Asian community with an opportunity to display their talents in various sports.
London Tigers manages teams such as the UK Bangladesh football team, which takes part in the Inner City World Cup and were the first Asian Champions in 2001.
London Tigers also organises other national events such as the prestigious UK Asian Community Cup in partnership with professional clubs e.g. Chelsea FC, enabling us to provide a platform for Asians to play in professional stadiums, e.g. Stamford Bridge.
In 2006, having achieved success in the Middlesex County League, London Tigers FC achieved semi-professional status and joined the Molten Spartan Midlands League providing an opportunity to inner city young players to play at semi-professional level.
London Tigers FC also created history in 2008 by becoming the first club in Westminster in over 100 years to play in the FA Cup and win their first qualifying round.