next on Pitch B was Group B winners Lacey Green
FC versus 9 Nana Budds which promised to be an
Green FC had won 5 of their 7 fixtures with a
draw and just the one defeat. 9 Nana Budds had
3 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats and had only qualified
for the Cup in the very final round.
teams had featured in our Cup competitions before.
9 Nana Budds had reached the Cup on their first
3 tournaments then it had been Plate qualification
on their past 2 appearances. They were back in
the elite Cup competition for the first time since
2014. Lacey Green FC were also appearing in the
Cup for the first time in a number of years since
their debut (as 3 Lions FC) at the 2009 Barcelona
match finished 1-1 in normal time with Steve Evans
(Lacey Green FC) and Jack Kennedy (9 Nana Budds)
goals cancelling each other out. A penalty shoot-out
first 6 penalties were exemplary. Mark Johnson,
Steve Evans and Tony Shadbolt all scored for Lacey
Green whilst Will Crowther, John Mastel and Rob
Crowther were all on target for 9 Nana Budds.
We were into sudden death and with the pressure
cranked up James Taylor missed and so did Jack
Kennedy so were still level at 3-3.
more successful spot kicks followed with Ryan
Maguire and Alex Easter both on target. The sixth
round of spot kicks was decisive. Tom Messenger
saw his penalty saved by Tim Moore. The 9 Nana
Budds goalkeeper then turned striker as his successful
penalty won the shoot-out for his team. 9 Nana
Budds were through to the Semi-Finals.