Jeffers stars in Cove's final Koo
May 14, 2009
Southern Combination Cup Final (played at Cove FC)
Cove 4 Chessington & Hook United 1
Cove ended their season on a high with an emphatic cup final victory — in no small part due to the finishing of Alex Jeffers.
The striker hit a hat-trick, with Ashley Childs adding a fourth for Koo Dumbuya’s men in yellow and black.
Cove, who hosted the final, were two goals to the good at the break and, while Chessington hauled themselves back into the game early in the second half, Jeffers completed his hat-trick and all but sealed the win at 3-1.
“Alex scored a hat-trick against Chessington a few weeks ago in the league too,” said Dumbuya.
“He’s been in unbelievable form for us in recent weeks and has really blossomed after being moved up front from the left wing.
“He’s scored more than 20 goals for us this season and he has been exceptional, given that it is really his first proper season playing regularly at this level.”
Dumbuya said that while the league was always the priority — Cove finished high up in the Combined Countires Premier — it was ‘a really good boost’ to win a cup.
“Hopefully we can now go on to better things next season,” said the manager.
“But we msut try to keep all the players that we have. Last summer we lost so many players and we have achieved so much, given what happened.
“But now we have a good base from which to work with next season and we must keep that group and work from there at improving things further.”
Captain David Johnston, writing on the club’s official website, echoed his manager’s words: “Towards the end of last season, Cove as a team were ripped apart for whatever reason and ended the season with a depleted squad.
“Hopefully next season we can keep the same squad we have finished with, add a few new faces, and then challenge not only in the league but in all of the cups as well.
“We certainly will be more prepared next season, for sure.”
Dumbuya chose Johnston, the former Ash United midfielder, as his player of the season, while Jeffers took the players’ player award, as well as the leading-scorer title.
Chris Foster won young player of the season, Michael Blount the most-improved player and Ken During won the supporters’ player of the season award.