Linale masterclass sees Hendon through to final
BEN Linane scored all of Hendon s points in their semi-final win over Old Millhillians to book their place in the Middlesex Senior Cup final. The victory sets Hendon up for a cup final clash with Wasps Amateurs this weekend, where they will be bidding to
BEN Linane scored all of Hendon's points in their semi-final win over Old Millhillians to book their place in the Middlesex Senior Cup final.
The victory sets Hendon up for a cup final clash with Wasps Amateurs this weekend, where they will be bidding to win the cup for the second time in three years following their victory in the 2007-8 season.
Hendon led 9-3 at half time after three penalties from Ben Linale. OM cut the deficit to a single point soon after the restart and pushed Hendon all the way, with the visitors only assured of victory after the last kick of the game.
Both teams had chances to score in the opening exchanges when penalties were awarded to each side, but neither team could convert their kicks.
The stalemate continued until Ben Linale opened the scoring with a penalty in the 20th minute and then doubled the lead with another penalty minutes later.
The hosts narrowed the gap to three points when they slotted a penalty after a defensive error, only for Linale to restore the advantage when he rifled his third penalty of the half.
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Hendon started well in the second period with prop Paul Julian and Tony Connor punching holes in the OMs' defence but failing to score.
OM missed a penalty but, from a Hendon defensive kick, their backline pushed the ball wide to score in the corner and cut the deficit to one point.
Linale added another penalty midway through the half for a 12-8 advantage, but the lead didn't last.
Hendon's fitness was put to the test and their defence let them down with poor tackles. OM took advantage and their No. 10 weaved through the defence to score an unconverted try for a 13-12 lead.
Hendon hit back, with winger Alex Whittaker booting the ball upfield and winning a penalty for offside.
Linale stepped up to slot his fifth penalty of the match and reclaim the lead at 15-13, only for the visitors to concede a late penalty.
But their luck held as OM's kick went wide.
Hendon face Wasps Amateurs in the Middlesex Senior League Final at Copthall at 3pm on Saturday.
On Sunday 25th April Hendon are holding their traditional seven-a-side tournament for 16 clubs, won last year by London Nigerians.
Two other cups are being contested, the Plate held by Old Streetonians and the Bowl held by local North London club Haringey.
Matches start at 1pm, with refreshments and BBQ all day.
Hendon: Gilbride (Shanahan), Connell, Julian, Doyle, Connor, Butler, Connolly, O'Regan, Waters, Blake, Chapman (Kelly),Owens, Cremin, Whittaker, Linale.