Cup Kings see of Stony Stratford to lift the trophy

Kings Langley leading scorer Jimmy Armstrong
Kings Langley leading scorer Jimmy Armstrong

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Kings Langley won the Division One League Cup final to erase the memory of a last-minute defeat at the same stage a year ago.

Jack Johnson, Jimmy Armstrong and Adam Hallissey got the goals to ensure Kings lifted the trophy for the first time and added to their top-six finish in the league.

On a sunny afternoon at Tring Athletic’s Grass Roots Stadium, Kings started well but it wasn’t until the 12th minute that Armstrong forced a save from James Howarth.

Stony responded strongly, with efforts from Shaun Carr and Lee Jones, but with 20 minutes on the clock a through-ball to Armstrong (pictured) saw him drift wide on the right and his fierce cross found Johnson at the far post for the right-back to score from close range.

Armstrong and Carr both had further chances, but a rather flat first half closed with Kings looking good value for their lead.

Ten minutes into the second period this was to change, however, as Ant Ladyman pulled off an instinctive point blank save but Carr bundled home from the resulting corner to level the scores.

As the spectre of further cup final disappointment loomed for Kings, nerves set in and Stony had their best period of the game.

That prompted a switch from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 for Kings, and the change swung the momentum back in their favour.

Armstrong’s shot on the run flew uncharacteristically wide but, with 10 minutes to go, a Hallissey run at the defence culminated with a pass to the Kings striker with his back to goal, 12 yards out.

A Stony defender seemed to have him covered, but leading scorer Armstrong showed his pedigree – twisting and turning to fire a low shot through a small gap into the net via the post.

Stony, inspired by their diminutive skipper Pete Geyton, looked to hit back but Kings’ defence of Luke Ladyman, Craig Preston Calum Adebiyi had regained their composure and stood firm.

And Kings, in no mood for further slips, sealed the trophy on 86 minutes when the ball fell to Hallissey to blast home the third.