The Eagles made hard work getting to the final of the Aubrey Cup after taking an early lead, but they finally secured their place in a second final of the season after a strong second half performance.
Letchworth opened brightly and after 5 minutes Charlie Thake headed just wide a cross from Sam Day, and then hit the crossbar with a thundering shot from the edge of the penalty area. After 12 minutes Eagles got the goal they threatened when Day scored after being set up by Thake.
Knebworth tended to rely on the long ball and were fortunate not to score when Liam Huckle had to make a superb tackle in the Eagles penalty area after a chase down the centre of the field, doing enough to deflect the shot wide of a post. Neither side created any clear cut chances during the rest of the first half as both sides toiled to no avail in the bright sunshine.
The second half opened with a lot more action. Thake headed a cross by Day goalwards but the visitors keeper made a good save, and at the other end Eagles keeper Paul McGennity had to make an excellent blocking save with his body and legs from close range. As Knebworth stepped up the pressure Eagles clung on. A cross fizzed across their goal area with no Knebworth player able to apply the finishing touch, and then Thake broke clear on the right and his low shot was deflected just wide of the post by a covering defender. The Knebworth keeper then had to make a brilliant save to turn a fierce shot by Thake over the crossbar. As Eagles poured crosses into the Knebworth penalty area Mitch Cox shot just wide of the far post from 15 yards and a strong run down the right by eagles sub Kadeem Gutzmore just failed to produce a goal when his shot was blocked by the keeper. Soon after his shot beat the keeper but was deflected wide by a covering defender. Eagles finished strongly but just could not kill off the game against a very solid and hard working Knebworth side.
Eagles meet London Lions in the final on 1 May.