Apr 25 2012 By Graham Barkus
A STUNNING hat-trick from Andrew Gonzales saw Beaconsfield Revolution win the League Cup against Pioneer on Sunday.
Gonzales grabbed a late winner for his side at Chesham United FC after they had seen their two-goal lead wiped out by a determined Pioneer team.
Playing with the wind, Pioneer dominated the early exchanges but Beaconsfield opened the scoring after 15 minutes when Gonzales dispossessed Anthony Stotter on the left before cutting in to fire an unstoppable shot past Dave Hall.
And they doubled their advantage 10 minutes later as Josh George and Gonzales combined down the left, ending with Gonzales rounding the keeper to slot in.
Pioneer creating several chances and reduced the deficit on the half-hour mark as Andrew Higgins spilled a right wing cross, leaving Jack Harding free to bundle in from close range.
It was no more than Pioneer deserved, and their recovery was complete five minutes later from the penalty spot when Liam O'Neill was fouled in the area and the same player stepped up to emphatically to net the equaliser.
The restart saw a more even contest, although Pioneer generally looked more dangerous on the break, particularly through Stephen Miles on the right. Pioneer substitute Damien Wheeler-Smith thought he had broken the deadlock on 80 minutes but his strike was disallowed, while Miles hit the bar.
But as extra time loomed, Gonzales settled the outcome striking brilliantly past Hall from 20 yards.
The drama was still not over as Pioneer hit a post and then saw Miles spoil his previous good work, blazing over an open goal in the final seconds.
Meanwhile, in the Invitational Cup quarter finals, in-form Magpies 91 beat Division One side Pond Park Rangers 2-1 thanks to Rhys Baikan and Gary Bull. Ali Mirza netted for Rangers.
Elsewhere, an all Premier Division affair took place at Prestwood, where Chalfont Saints' Louis Quane scored the only goal of the game against Eldorado.
In Division One, Belmont Reserves cemented their title after a 2-1 win at White Hart. Dale Lee scored a brace for the champions with Billy Hunt netting for Hart.