EL SOL WIN THE SUNDAY SENIOR CUP AT
Norfolk FA’s Carrow Road Cup
Finals kicked off this morning as El Sol took on Riverside Rovers in a hotly contested
Sunday Senior Cup Final.
It was the first out of four fixtures to take place at
the home of Norwich City FC and it was Great Yarmouth based outfit El Sol who
became the first victors on the hallowed turf.
Riverside took the lead in
the opening minutes of the game through Connor Delaney, but El Sol were able to
reply later in the half when Jacob Short was on hand to turn the ball home from
After going into the break on
level terms, El Sol turned up the heat in the second half, mirroring their
opponents start and grabbing a goal just two minutes in through Connor Ingram.
They then proceeded to dominate the game, creating a multitude of chances.
Riverside went down to 9 men
through two sending offs in the second period, leading to El Sol being able to
exploit on the counter and finding their third goal in stoppage time when
Ashley King was on hand to slot home from close range.
got off to the best start possible when in the 2nd minute a dangerous
cross from full back Lloyd Greening was headed down at the back post by Jordan
Rocastle. The ball fell perfectly for Delaney to strike first time from just
inside the box, with the winger catching it sweetly and giving keeper Jack
Whatmough no chance.
feeling their way into the game more, El Sol nearly found the equaliser when from
a free kick Harley Clements won the header at the back post, steering it
towards the opposite side of the goal. Any touch from another El Sol player
would have surely resulted in a goal, however Jordan Forbes being the closest,
missed by inches with the ball continuing its path out of the area.
the half way point of the game, the home side on the day found the goal they
were looking for, when a pacey free kick forced Ian Stones in the Riverside
goal to make the save and palm the ball into his own six yard box. Short was
quickest to react, poking the ball to the right of Stones and putting his side
level in the game.
Sol nearly took the lead in the very next minute, winning possession back from
the restart and Connor Ingram striking a drilled ball toward the bottom right
corner. Everyone looked on as the ball struck the post and bobbled across the
goal line, hitting the other post and allowing Stones to gratefully collect.
Sol might have had a penalty as the break approached, Clements got to the ball
first as a Riverside player challenged, but the Referee was already in the
process of awarding a foul against his side for a challenge a split second
the last action of the half, it was Riverside who looked like they could take
the lead. Substitute Shaun Wones played a lovely pass to put Delaney away down
the right hand side, and good work from the winger saw him beat his man with
some nifty footwork. He delivered a high cross towards the back of the six yard
box where Jason Armes was waiting to try an acrobatic finish. Unfortunately,
his attempted bicycle kick caught Clements in the face, with Armes receiving a
yellow card and a sore neck for his efforts.
Half Time: El Sol 1 – 1 Riverside
was El Sol who got off to the best possible start in the second period, when
three minutes in Connor Ingram was put away with a through ball. With the ball running
slightly long, Stones came out to clear, but fired straight into the onrushing striker
with the ricochet seeing the ball travel back towards goal and bobbling over
a couple of moments later El Sol could have doubled their advantage when Captain
Josh Trett was put through on the right hand side with a defence splitting pass.
Squaring up to the keeper the number 7 tried to place his shot into the left
hand corner but will have been frustrated to watch his effort fly far wide.
Sol created another good chance when Nick Bailey struck a great cross along the
six yard box with Ingram was ready for the tap in at the far post, but an all-important
touch from Liam Baker steered the ball out of the striker’s path. Only five
minutes later a similar situation occurred when Short played a fantastic ball
in the same area, with Declan Allen waiting to strike. This time it was
Greening who somehow managed to get a foot in the way and deflect the ball to
was involved again on 71 minutes having been played through to find himself one
on one with the keeper just inside the box. The winger dragged his shot wide,
much to his own frustration.
just over 15 minutes to go, Riverside’s afternoon was about to become a lot
more difficult with Liam Baker sent off for a second yellow card, after a late
tackle on Ingram.
was next in the book after a rash challenge on Charlton Halliday, with the game
really heating up as it approached the later stages.
full time approached, Short did brilliantly to win possession on the edge of
his own box and drive into the Riverside half. The midfielder passed out to
Allen whose cross was aimed for King, but Halliday intercepts and then stops
the ball with his hand, receiving his second yellow of the game followed by
marching orders. Keegan Middleton fired
the free kick into the wall allowing Stones to easily collect.
6 minutes of stoppage time the game wasn’t slowing in pace, Ingram put through
was brilliantly tackled by Greening and Short then fouling the keeper resulting
in a free kick. Riverside tried to push
forward with Rocastle nodding down to Delaney but the latter scuffing wide from
outside the area.
with another counter El Sol were able to seal the game. Middleton was put away down
the left hand side and with Riverside exposed at the back he was able to drive
forward and selflessly pass across to King to smash home from close range.
A long range scissor
kick from a clearance was the last real effort from a deflated and
depleted Riverside Rovers, and El Sol were able to see out the final minutes to
be crowned 2019 Sunday Senior Cup winners.
Full Time: El Sol 3 – 1 Riverside
A full album of photographs from this fixture can be found here: po.st/DEphoto
El Sol: Jack Whatmough, Harley Clements,
Reece Hunn, Jacob Short, Jordan Forbes, Robbie Oldham, Josh Trett ©, Ross
Catchpole, Jason Thompson, Connor Ingram & Nick Bailey.
Subs: Elliot Hannant, Declan Allen,
Ashley King, Keegan Middleton, Dale Cockrill.
Riverside Rovers: Ian Stones, Jamie Atkins, Lloyd
Greening, Charlton Halliday, Scott, Sell, Tyler Riley, Jamie Riley ©, Jason
Armes, Connor Delaney, Jordan Rocastle & Liam Baker.
Subs: Warren Nichols, Danny Young, Shaun
Wones, Aaron Kay, Robert Fryers.
Referee: Murray Grant
Assistants: Tristen Watson &
Fourth Official: Scott
Player of the Match: Jacob