Hemel Rovers crash to cup final defeat against FC Cornerstone

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There was cup final heartbreak for Hemel Rovers as they were beaten 2-0 by FC Cornerstone in the Herts Junior Cup.

Cornerstone had two fast, skilful wide men who stretched Rovers time after time and their first goal came after 10 minutes.

One of their speedsters easily beat Callum Jones and captain Joe Philips before casually slotting past keeper Dan Brown.

Twice within the next 10 minutes it was Brown who kept his team in the game with two point-blank saves.

Rovers had plenty of chances after the break but failed to trouble the keeper, and another goal 10 minutes from time sealed the win for Cornerstone.

Hemel did see a rasping shot by Connor Deadman smack into the upright, only for the ball to go behind the touch line to safety.

There was better news for Rovers in the league, however, as they beat Kings Sports 4-3.

With no goalkeeper available, Rovers were forced to start the game with midfielder Tom Porter between the sticks.

They found themselves a goal down inside two minutes and then a poor kick from Porter allowed Kings to make it 2-0 inside five minutes.

Hemel gradually overcame their problems, however, and efforts by Callum Jones, Rhys Stonebank and Deadman put them in front.

More indecision from the Rovers defence allowed Kings to level again, but their celebrations did not last long as Alex McCarthy grabbed the winner for Hemel.