A ‘CRACKING’ Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Final is in store, according to Lowestoft Town manager Jamie Godbold.
Lowestoft sealed their place in the final thanks to a 2-0 victory over Bury Town at the Goldstar Ground, home of Felixstowe & Walton United FC, on Tuesday night.
A well-directed header from Josh Curry from a right-wing corner after 20 minutes and a 25-yard curling free-kick from Louis McIntosh eight minutes later saw the Trawlerboys ease through to what will be their 29th Suffolk Premier Cup Final.
Lowestoft Town's Josh Curry (blue shirt, No.2) heads home the opening goal in their 2-0 victory over Bury Town. Main photograph: Curry (third right) is congratulated after giving his side the lead. Photographs: Paul Voller
Striker Cemal Ramadan saw his penalty saved by former Bury Town keeper Luis Tibbles just two minutes after the second goal and 13-time winners Lowestoft then saw the game out in the second half.
In the final Lowestoft will face Needham Market, who defeated Stowmarket Town 4-1 at AFC Sudbury in Tuesday's other delayed 2019-20 semi-final. A date and venue for the showpiece occasion has yet to be arranged.
Godbold, while admitting it felt strange to finish off pre-season with a semi-final, was delighted with the result.
He said: “It was perfect end to pre-season going into our league opener on Saturday. It was competitive game against a good side and we are obviously delighted to be in the final.
“It should be a cracking final – Needham are a really good side as are we and it should be a good game.
“I thought we were comfortable for the majority of the second half. We scored from two set pieces – corners are what probably most teams are working on throughout pre-season, so it was good to score the opener from that – and then a bit quality from the free kick from Louie Mac, who is capable of doing that.
“The second half was either about us killing them off – I think we had chances in the first-half to come in at 3-0 – so either kill it off or don’t let them score and gather any momentum in the game.
“The second half was quite a dull affair with us just managing the game and I think we did that effectively.”
Lowestoft Town goalkeeper Luis Tibbles dives to his right to save a first-half penalty from Bury Town's Cemal Ramadan. Photograph: Paul Voller
Bury Town manager Ben Chenery, who had to field an understrength side due to injuries, reflected on ‘pivotal moments’ in the game.
He said: “I don’t think there was a great in it in lots of ways – they have scored from a free-kick and a free header, which is poor by our standards, especially the free header which changes the game, and then Cemal Ramadan missed a penalty at 2-0. If we had scored it would have been different.
“We had a spell in the second half of 20 minutes when we should have scored as we had some great pressure, but I am immensely proud of them as it was a tough game against a good Lowestoft team who play a step up.”
Lowestoft Town: Luis Tibbles, Josh Curry (sub Josh Wells, 89 mins), Owen Murphy (sub Miguel Lopez, 65 mins), Rossi Jarvis (sub Marley Delgado, 89 mins), Travis Cole, Adam Tann, Jacek Zielonka, Andrew Fisk, Jake Reed, Louis McIntosh, Kieran Higgs. Unused sub: Andy Reynolds.
Bury Town: Ben Mayhew, Will Gardner, Joe Hood, Taylor Hastings, Carlos Edwards (sub Clinton Frank, 85 mins), Ollie Snaith (sub Charlie Cook, 79 mins), Max Maughn, Jake Chambers-Shaw, Cruise Nyadzayo, Cemal Ramadan (sub Angus Mills, 76 mins), Ollie Hughes. Unused subs: Keaton Cowling, Andrew Conroy.
Referee: Ollie Morris-Sanders.