sunday challenge cup winners

Sunday Challenge Cup Match Report

George Lawrence
For the second game in a row, this cup final had to be decided from spot kicks.

In their pre-match interviews, both managers knew it was going to be a tight affair, both predicting a 2-1 win for their teams. But neither teams could break the deadlock.

Both sides opted for a direct approach into the final third with both teams passing well in the centre to move the play about. 

With both sides focusing on counter attacking football, the game had many chance but Loggerheads’ ‘keeper was the busier of the two, pulling off saves that kept them in the game.

However, it was penalties that decided the winner of this tie with Loggerheads the victors. Their ‘keeper, Spencer Martin, also picked up the Player of The Match award after making some fine saves. 

The first half saw Churnet Valley being the dominate side as they attacked down the right wing providing crossed in the box and trying their luck from a handful of corners. Though both teams fought hard in the midfield, aerial duels were a key part of the game seeing many attacks coming direct from goal kicks.

But Loggerheads ‘keeper Spencer Martin kept them in the tie with some impressive saves. Neither side could break the deadlock as both teams went in at half time.

In the second half Loggerheads were a different side they were getting more attacks, again down the right wing. Loggerheads now proving why they have made it to the final stage of the competition. 

Both teams had dangerous free kicks on the end of each box, but ultimately they resulted in no goals. A big moment in the second half was when Loggerheads conceded a penalty, up stepped Churnet Valley’s captain, Coxton, but he was denied by a brilliant save to Martin’s right. 

As the game went on, it was clear that this exciting cup clash was going to be decided from spot kicks.

With the game going to penalties the atmosphere changed and the travelling Loggerhead supporters were making themselves known. The penalties ended with Loggerheads winning 4–1.

Player of The Match: Spencer Martin (Loggerheads)

Attendance: 240