December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
Farhad Nyanja’s first half brace helped London APSA secure all three points in a fitting celebration of their 20-year anniversary with a 4-2 win over rivals Sporting Bengal United last night.
Richard Ofosu got his APSA career off to a fine start and it was added to by Joshua Thomas.
But Nyanja, returning after a brief spell with Greenhouse London, scored twice late on in the first half to put the hosts 4-0 ahead.
And despite two late strikes from Bengal, courtesy of Prince Pippin and Vinny Williams, APSA held on for a confidence boost going into their FA Vase tie with Crawley Green tomorrow.
Manager Zakir Hussain said: “We have to enjoy these moments. Sporting Bengal are a very good side and a 4-2 victory is one I would take before the game.
“We switched off after the break but it’s a great win on a great day for the club and hopefully we can take this confidence into the FA Vase game on Saturday.”
After a cagey opening, APSA took the lead when Ofosu’s curling free-kick from 20 yards found the back of the net after 11 minutes.
Home goalkeeper Mark Richardson produced a fine save to deny Bengal an equaliser after a ball over the top found the APSA defence wanting.
And Mamun Chowdhury’s side were made to rue that error as the hosts doubled their lead on 32 minutes when Jorge Sambu’s throughball found Joshua Thomas when he unleashed an unstoppable effort from the edge of the area.
Nyanja did miss a great opportunity when scooping over from a few yards out, but made amends five minutes before half time as Matthew Warren’s delivery was tapped home by the former Clapton man and he doubled his tally minutes later when Jason Agyekum cross found Nyanja who volleyed home.
Bengal came out fighting in the second half and missed a golden opportunity from the spot when Shahed Ahmed’s 66th minute penalty was well saved by Richardson.
Pippin, introduced at the break, did pull one back when he slotted past an onrushing Richardson and with seven minutes to go Vinny Williams beat the offside trap to smash home and set up an anxious finale.
But APSA held on to secure their first win of the season as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Crawley Green.
London APSA: Richardson, Agyekum, Kay-Appiah, Rothon, Beaupierre, Ofosu, Sambu (Theobalds 62), Nunes (Jesus 81), Nyanja, Thomas, Warren (Silva 58)