A STUNNING strike set Kitchener Taverners on their way to retaining the Suffolk Sunday Cup.
The final against Moreton Hall Ferals – one of four staged on ‘Suffolk Super Sunday’ at Needham Market FC – was still goalless until Tom Warren’s 54th minute thunderbolt.
A clever piece of skill by Jack Baker followed by a good pass down the left wing was collected by Warren, who cut inside before unleashing an unstoppable shot that struck the top of the inside far post before nestling in the net.
Asa Milliard added a second for the holders from close range six minutes later just after keeper Aston Fallows had made a superb save at his near post to keep out Baker’s goal-bound header.
Callum Dove sidefooted home after Josh Hender had pushed out Casey Underwood’s shot following Callum Dongray’s knockdown to halve the deficit on 70 minutes.
However, Remuel Codrington followed up to head over the grounded Fallows after he had saved his first attempt in the 80th minute to seal Taverners’ 3-1 victory.
It was the Ipswich Sunday Football League side’s third success in the last five seasons, with the Bury & District Sunday League’s first final ending in defeat in what was a highly-competitive encounter.
Leiston Orient pose with the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield after their 4-1 victory in the final versus Laxfield United. Main photograph: Kitchener Taverners after retaining the Suffolk Sunday Cup. Photograph: Paul Voller
Leiston Orient’s last competitive match ended in fairytale fashion as they inflicted a 4-1 defeat on Laxfield United, who also play in Division One of the ISFL, in the final of the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield.
After a goalless opening period, Leiston Orient took the lead when goalkeeper Kyle Sore scored from the penalty spot following a handball offence.
Chris Palmer added two more and although Laxfield United pulled one back through Taylor Gissing, Palmer completed his hat-trick for Leiston Orient, who also won the shield in 2016-17.
Both ISFL Division Three side AFC Claydon and Bacton United 89 of BDSL Division Three had the chance to complete a treble when they faced each other in the Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final.
Bacton United 89 hold aloft the Suffolk Sunday Trophy after defeating AFC Claydon 3-0 in the final
It was Bacton United 89 who came out on top, winning 3-0 thanks to a first-half Josh Buckles goal and two more after the break via Alex Clarke and Macaulay Bell.
Whitton United Veterans are thought to be the first side to score ten goals in a county cup final following their 10-0 victory over Lowestoft Town Veterans in the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Final.
Shane Wardley helped himself to a hat-trick inside the opening 25 minutes, before Danny Thrower, skipper Alan Mills (both penalties) and Ronaldo Wright scored two apiece and Darius Laws once.
The outcome meant a fourth successive victory in the competition for Whitton United, who, like their opponents, top their division of the Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans’ League.
The four finals were watched by a combined attendance of 617 spectators.
Whitton United Veterans celebrate winning the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans' Cup - their fourth straight success in the competition Photograph: Paul Voller