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LEAGUE CUP FINAL
CSKA took on FANG in the League Cup final, a cup that every side entered at the start of the season, writes Rob Bunting.
FANG were still smarting from their Cherrington Cup loss to 10 man Chilvers and CSKA had nothing to lose. A classic cup final was predicted.
The first half was a stalemate. A drab encounter with no shots on target to report. Both keepers were plucking all the crosses out of the air, and snuffing out every through ball.
With everyone wishing a more exciting second half, the crowd got their wish as 10 minutes into the second half CSKA Emneth were reduced to 10 men for a second yellow card.
FANG briefly troubled CSKA but Alex Street in goal was more than a match for the mini wave of attacks.
The game, as quickly as it sparked into life, quickly went back to being a midfield battle with CSKA defending for their lives and FANG trying to find that killer pass.
CSKA then finally found the magic needed to win. A beautiful through ball was clipped home by Kai Ruff and the Emneth faithful watched on as the ball crept just below the cross bar.
FANG struggled to break down the resolute CSKA defence, who held firm throughout extra time to claim their first-ever trophy.
Max Mattless put in a tireless performance to claim the Man of the Match award.
DAVID BREWER MEMORIAL CUP FINAL
Heacham Reserves found themselves hosting the Finals Day, but by a quirk of fate, found themselves in the away dressing room.
And it turned out to be a lucky omen as they saw off promoted West Lynn Wanderers 2-0.
West Lynn lost the league title on goal difference and finished 11 points clear of third placed Heacham, and were expected to bring home the trophy.
Heacham were in no mood to follow the form book and produced a dogged defensive display in the face of wave after wave of West Lynn attacks, who did everything except score.
West Lynn started brighter and Heacham needed some patience to get into the game, and that’s what they got as George Patience broke the deadlock with a cool finish.
The second half saw West Lynn try, ultimately, in vain to get back into it.
Chris Smith was unbeatable at the back for Heacham, and this was shown in the fact he won Man of the Match.
Tom Hawkins sealed the win for Heacham in the second half.
Despite their best efforts, West Lynn couldn’t get themselves on the scoresheet.
Thanks to all at Heacham for use of their fantastic facilities and for all their help throughout the day.
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