Staffordshire cup round up so far
As programme of competitions reaches approaches its midpoint, five out of the thirteen finals have already been played, with each one providing thrilling displays of footballing excellence.
The Staffordshire Cups have a long and storied history, and continue to be the most prestigious competitions in the county.
We'll take a closer look at the five finals that have taken place so far, highlighting key moments and standout performances from the teams involved.
County Youth U15 Sunday Cup
Four Oaks 1-1 Wyrley Juniors Roma (1-3 pens)
Wyrley Juniors won the County Youth U15 Sunday Cup title in a thrilling match against Four Oaks that ended in a nail-biting penalty shootout. Both teams showed their attacking intent from the start. However, it was Wyrley who took the lead with a well-executed set-piece routine. The Oaks fought hard to equalise and eventually was awarded a penalty, which they successfully converted. As the match ended in a draw, it was left to a penalty shootout to decide the winner. Wyrley emerged victorious in a tense and dramatic shootout, claiming the prestigious title.
Sunday Challenge Cup
Churnet Valley 0-0 Loggerheads (1-4 pens)
In this match Loggerheads came out the victors after a penalty shootout, which showed the desire they had to lift the Sunday Challenge Cup at the end of the night. Both sides showed off their attacking prowess with some masterful dribbling in from the wings in the final 1/3 which saw lots of great chances. A big moment from the match was a great save by the Loggerhead ‘keeper that kept them in the game. It was a nerve-wracking shootout but Loggerheads had the level heads and saw the trophy raised over their heads.
Midweek Floodlit Youth Cup
Brocton 0-0 Stourbridge (8-7 pens)
In a meeting that had some history behind it, it was Brocton who came away champions in the Midweek Floodlit Youth Cup. The clubs had previously met twice before in finals before this. The game saw many chances such as the first chance going to Stourbridge who had a great cross into the box met with a bullet of a header denied by Brocton’s keeper. For Brocton they had a thunderous strike from the edge of the box being just tipped over the bar. But neither side could open the scoring as the match went to penalties and Brocton were able to hold themselves together and win 8 -7 on penalties.
Senior Challenge Vase
Brereton Social FC 0-3 Leek C.S.O.B.
The score line would have you believe that Leek ran away with this one, it was anything but. Both teams were very creative up and down the pitch with amazing solo runs and pinpoint passing that allowed for a great free flowing game of attacking football. However, Leek did get the victory where they went ahead with a tap in from a corner, a penalty calmly slotted in just at the start of the second half and a great solo run.
Women’s Challenge Cup
Stoke City 3-3 Sporting Khalsa (4-3 pens)
This match was one of the spectacles of the finals so far. Both teams had the lead during the game. Sporting Khalsa opening the scoring and Stoke City finding an answer just minutes later. But sides had great chances and Stoke City thought they had won it when they’d regained the lead with just ten minutes left thanks to a close-range finish. However, Khalsa had other ideas - with two minutes to go Khalsa volleyed it home bouncing off the crossbar to level the scores. This sent the game to penalties. Both teams had shown great heart during the match, but it would be Stoke City who would come out on top and win the Women’s Challenge Cup for the 12th Consecutive year, with the penalties ending 4-3 in their favour.
||Senior Challenge Cup
||Leek Town vs Rushall Olympic
||Port Vale FC
||County Youth Challenge Cup
||Burntwood Dragons U17 vs Blurton Arrows U17
||Sam Kimberley Trophy
||Robin Hood or Roaring Meg vs Warstones Wanderers
||Sunday Premier Cup
||FC Gnosall vs Hawkins Sports
||Walsall Senior Cup
||Chasetown vs Rushall Olympic
||Burton Albion FC
||County Youth U16 Sunday Cup
||Madeley White Star vs Leek C.S.O.B.
||Newcastle Town FC
||TB Williamson Cup
||Whittington United vs Barber Life