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Sunday Junior Trophy and U15 Minor Cup Final Previews

It is a busy weekend for County Cup Finals. Not only do we have the Girls U14 and U16 Finals on Saturday, we have the Sunday Junior Trophy and U15...

Sunday Junior Trophy, Sunday 30th April, Windsor FC, 11:00KO
Our first final on Sunday will see Englefield Eagles take on Penfold Rangers at Windsor FC. Englefield Eagles are in their first season as an adult team and manager Stuart Coker could not be prouder of his team; As this is our first season in men’s Football, this is a fantastic achievement. The players must take credit for their hard work on the pitch for getting us to the final. Every one of them has contributed so much; we used around 20 players to get to the final. I will have a very hard decision to leave 4 out. I am so proud, they have been a credit to the club and themselves, as I certainly didn’t expect us to get this far, in our first season. Whatever the outcome today, I hope they play to the best of their abilities and enjoy the occasion. I would like to thank Alan Paul and Lee Pitcher for their help throughout the season.

Their opponents Penfold Rangers have had an excellent season in the High Wycombe Sunday Combination and in a position to win the league with games in hand. Up front they possess Henry Clarke 25 goals in 23 appearances and Robert De-Courcy Hughes 20 goals in 23 appearances. They will look to score the cup winning goals against an Englefield Eagles side that has conceded just 1 goal in their 5 match run to the final. Entry to the final is free of charge with just a donation to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance our charity partner.

U15 Minor Cup, Sunday 30th April, Marlow FC, 15:00KO
In the U15 Minor Cup Highmoor Ibis face Penn & Tylers Green. Highmoor have a large squad to choose from and are looking forward to the occasion. Assistant manager, Deano Jones had this to say; Special mentions to Mike Ambler, Gary Lambourne, Diego Montero, for running the line and Iain Wright & Dave Pope for their help with corner flags and goals for our home matches throughout the season.  We thank the parents for their continued support and commitment.

Penn & Tylers manager, Marcus Warden is looking forward to another County Cup appearance; All I can say is that it’s great to be back! We were fortunate enough to make the final two years ago, only to be hit by a freakish run of injuries in the fortnight prior to the game – a broken wrist, a broken collar bone and a rather nasty head wound. So the team wasn’t at it’s best when it faced an exceptional Eldon Celtic side in the final. Fingers crossed that this year we can keep everyone fit for the final and play the kind of football that the boys are more than capable of, on a pitch of suitable quality (not always easy in England at this time of year). It’s great for the boys to get the chance to play in the big match again and especially for those who missed out last time.

This year we seem to have reserved our best performances for this competition. The quality of the matches that we have been involved in has been excellent and have been a pleasure to watch. I defy anyone to find a more exciting game this season than our quarter-final against Tattenhoe FC , when both sides were exceptional and the match see-sawed back and forth until our late winner. The semi-final against Amersham Town was equally as exciting, with the result only settled in the final ten minutes.

We hope that the final lives up to the quality of the rounds that preceded it and that both teams demonstrate the skill and determination that they are capable of. Junior Football has come a long way in this country since myself, Brian and Gerry were playing. The set of players on the field today are far more technically adept at 14 and 15 than we ever were and I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to seeing that skill on show in today’s final. So we are hoping for a great game in an excellent atmosphere and may the best team win.

Admission is free again with donation to Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

We wish all teams the best of luck in their respective finals, a whole list of finals can be found here

 

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