Away-day success for London APSA at FC Romania

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 April 2014

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Goals from Jorge Sambu, Chris Rothon and Fahad Nyanja helped London APSA to come from behind to seal a win at FC Romania.

They were helped by Cemal Agdelen and Felix Pyne, who arguably had their finest games in an APSA shirt.

Pyne started well from the off, with a fine block from Sergiu Ditaru’s 18 yard shot, before Agdelen’s heavy touch prevented them from profiting in a one-on-one situation.

And that cost APSA dearly 10 minutes later as Ilie Vasili’s dipping 25-yard volley gave Manuel Selva no chance in goal.

However they got back into the game before the half was out when Fahad Nyanja was tripped in the box by the keeper to earn Zakir Hussain’s side a penalty, and Sambu netted from the spot.

Just like the first half, Romania started on top but APSA seemed keen to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Selva palmed away a Ditaru shot, before Carlos Djalo linked up with Sambu to release Thomas but Romania goalkeeper Damut Mosoc saved well.

The belief was there for APSA to go on and win the game, and with 15 minutes remaining they moved in front.

Djalo’s corner was helped on by Nyanja to Rothon, who deftly backheeled the effort into the bottom corner to give the defender his first senior goal of the season.

Romania pushed hard for an equaliser but APSA remained resolute and made sure of all three points when debutant Courtenay Donald broke forward and played in Sambu who was through on goal.

But he unselfishly squared for Nyanja to tap in for his 15th goal of the season

London APSA: Selva, Steele, Gomes, Rothon, Pyne, Agdelen, Sambu, Kahie (Djalo 35), Thomas (Donald 70), Theobalds, Nyanja.

Tower Hamlets picked up a 4-1 win at Takeley to maintain their top four spot, but there wasn’t too much success for other east London sides.

Clapton were beaten by the odd goal in three at title-chasing Haringey Borough – in front of 101, while Sporting Bengal drew 2-2 at Mile End Stadium against Greenhouse London.

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