AC Milano complete memorable double

PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 May 2017

AC Milano players listen to the manager at half time

AC Milano players listen to the manager at half time


AC Milano 4 Old Wymondonians 2

AC Milano beat Old Wymondonians in their Essex Sunday Combination title decider to complete the double in Khalid Pervaiz’s first season as manager.

Needing to win to clinch top spot ahead of their rivals, who only needed to draw, Milano raced into a 4-0 lead in 35 minutes as Jack Forrester scored twice and Coffi Denzel and Ade Semiu also struck.

Wymondonians hit back before the break and converted a penalty after the restart, although Ehsan Afzal got a hand to the spot-kick.

Strong defending by captain and man of the match Urfat Hussain and Joel Griffiths kept the visitors at bay, while Benjamin Tagoe, Semiu, Razaam Shafqat and Zuber Patel missed chances for Milano.

And Wymondonians missed a great chance to close the gap 10 minutes from time, as Milano held on for the points to the delight of chairman Siraz Khankhara, who said: “At the beginning of the season I told the manager ‘just get me a trophy’ and Khalid didn’t get me one trophy, but he got me two!

“He is a great experienced manager and his hard work has brought in silverware. This club has waited long time for some silverware and I think it was about time it happened. The players have been great, giving their time and commitment.”

Manager Pervaiz added: “The players were brilliant as they gave their best and especially the players who were fasting as we are in the month of Ramadan.

“In the heat they played their heart out. We knew we had to go for the win and started amazingly as we went 4-0 up, but as they got back in the game I had to make few tactical changes which worked as we held on to the win.

“I’m glad the season is over. Two trophies in the bag and now we start planning for next season.”

Milano: E Afzal, U Hussain, M Irfan, J Griffiths, C Denzel, R Danquah, P Brown, I Khan, A Semiu, J Forrester, B Tagoe, R Shafqat, Z Patel, M Dakri.

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