Dramatic finale to all-Sudbury final
THERE was a dramatic finale to the Suffolk Mixed Under-14 Cup Final on Sunday.
The final was one of nine Cup finals and four Plate finals staged on three pitches at the New Croft in Haverhill which hosted the Suffolk Youth Cup Finals Day.
The match between AFC Sudbury Yellow and AFC Sudbury Blue ended 1-1, with the Blues having a penalty saved during the match only for it to be re-taken and scored.
Waveney (gold & white shirts) in possession against Stonham Aspal during their 4-1 win in the Suffolk Girls' Under-16 Cup Final. Main photograph: An AFC Sudbury Blue player holds his head in his hands after his penalty is saved in the Mixed Under-14 Cup Final, but it was re-taken and scored.
When it came to the shoot-out it was the Yellows who edged it 8-7 to win the cup in one of three penalty shoot-outs on the day.
Moreton Hall Raiders had earlier defeated Ipswich Valley Rangers 4-3 following a 2-2 draw in the Suffolk Mixed Under-12 Cup Final.
Then in the last final of the day, Moreton Hall Youth led Haverhill Rovers White for the majority of the match before conceding a late equaliser and then losing 5-4 on penalties.
Moreton Hall featured in four finals, winning two and losing two, while Haverhill Rovers won two of the three finals they participated in, going down 3-2 in an excellent Mixed Under-16 Cup Final to Needham Market.
Brantham Athletic celebrate with the cup after defeating Trimley Red Devils 5-1 in the Suffolk Under-18 Cup Final.
An impressive Brantham Athletic proved too strong for Trimley Red Devils in the Suffolk Under-18 Cup Final, winning 5-1, while Waveney Thundercats were the day’s top scorers, recording a 7-1 victory over Woodbridge Town in the Suffolk Under-13 Mixed Plate.
There was double success for Waveney as they also won the Suffolk Girls’ Under-16 Cup courtesy of a 4-1 win against Stonham Aspal.
Two Suffolk Girls’ finals were not played on Sunday as players from Coplestonians FC, who had reached both finals, had tickets to attend the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley.
The Suffolk Girls’ Under-15 Final between Coplestonians and Saxmundham Sports will take place at Debenham Leisure Centre on Friday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Suffolk Girls’ Under-13 Final featuring Coplestonians and Ipswich Valley Rangers will be staged during this weekend’s Suffolk FA Grassroots Festival at Kesgrave High School on Sunday, kick-off 10am.
Needham Market (yellow shirts) celebrate after scoring in their 3-2 victory over Haverhill Rovers (red shirts) in the Suffolk Mixed Under-16 Cup Final.
Peter Betts, Facilities & Football Development Manager at the Haverhill Community Sports Association who run The New Croft, said: "It has been a great advert for Suffolk football to host so many finals at one venue.
"Suffolk County Cups Competitions Manager Adrian Moye deserves a huge amount of credit in challenging times with so many postponements this season for the work he does in unsocial hours to ensure these matches get played.
"We were delighted to be able to host the finals at Haverhill and for three of our own club teams to be involved in the finals.
"The staff and volunteers here have worked their socks off to make the day a success along with members of staff from Suffolk FA.
"Although disappointing that Ipswich Town were not able to hold the finals at Playford Road, today has been a great advert for Suffolk football."
Suffolk Youth Cup Finals Day Results
Suffolk Mixed Under-12 Cup Final: Moreton Hall Raiders 2 Ipswich Valley Rangers 2 – Moreton Hall Raiders won 4-3 on pens.
Suffolk Mixed Under-13 Cup Final: Leiston 3 Bury Town 1.
Suffolk Mixed Under-13 Plate Final: Waveney Thundercats 7 Woodbridge Town 1.
Suffolk Mixed Under-14 Cup Final: AFC Sudbury Yellow 1 AFC Sudbury Blue 1 – AFC Sudbury Yellow won 8-7 on pens.
Suffolk Mixed Under-14 Plate Final: Moreton Hall 2 Beccles Town Hornets 1.
Suffolk Mixed Under-15 Minor Cup Final: Haverhill Rovers 1 Bury Town 0.
Suffolk Mixed Under-15 Plate Final: Moreton Hall Youth 1 Haverhill Rovers White 1 – Haverhill Rovers White won 5-4 on pens.
Suffolk Mixed Under-16 Cup Final: Haverhill Rovers 2 Needham Market 3.
Suffolk Mixed Under-16 Plate Final: Moreton Hall 1 Long Melford Colts 3.
Suffolk Under-18 Cup Final: Brantham Athletic 5 Trimley Red Devils 1.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-12 Cup Final: Kesgrave Kestrels 4 Kirkley & Pakefield Diamonds 0.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-14 Cup Final: Ipswich Valley Rangers White 1 Woodbridge Town 5.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-16 Cup Final: Waveney Foxes 4 Stonham Aspal 1.
Woodbridge Town lift the cup after defeating Ipswich Valley Rangers 5-1 in the Suffolk Girls' Under-14 Cup Final.