Reading FC Deaf vs. Sussex County FA - Final
Following their successful Semi-Final performances, Reading FC Deaf and Sussex competed in the final.
Reading started on the front foot, and immediately had a shot that was expertly saved by Tronecone. Sussex then settled down, and Webley played the ball through to Lambert who smashed his shot narrowly over the bar.
With five minutes gone Sussex took the lead when Lambert bounced on a ricochet and kept his cool to score from close range. Sussex doubled their lead minutes later with Lambert picking out James Smith for him to nip through and score a great goal.
Sussex continued to pile on the pressure, with Lambert volleying a shot which was well saved and Smith having a lofted shot also saved.
Mid-way through the half, Reading started to grow into the game with their first shot being well saved by Tronecone. On eighteen minutes, Sussex made a small error in midfield and the striker gather the ball and powered through to score and make it 2-1. This is how it stayed until half-time.
The second-half was very equal, with Sussex defending their lead well. Ben Wray had a free kick that was headed over by Dylan Greaves-Lord as they continued to create good chances.
In the final ten minutes, Reading stepped up their game and put Sussex under pressure. They had three good chances, two of which were saved by the reliable Tronecone to keep Sussex ahead.
Sussex held on to win 2-1, and clinch the South East Regional Disability 11v11 Competition Cup. Sussex Captain Paighton Gibson was presented with the c by Sussex County FA President Les Kempster. up
It was a fantastic showcase of disability football, with four great teams showing their skills. Sussex were dominant in the early stages of the Semi-Final and Final, but showed great character to hold onto their leads in the final stages of both games.
The quality was truly incredible, but also the Sportsmanship as Sussex players consoled Reading players at the final whistle. They were a great credit to their County, and should be very proud.
Goals: 1-2; Shots: 7-7; Shots-on-target: 5-5; Corners: 2-1; Fouls: 5-3; Offside: 4-3; Yellow cards: 0-0; Red card: 0-0.
Sussex Squad: Tronecone, Tanner, Greaves-Lord, Webley, Kent, Wray, Phipps, Farrell, Lambert, Smith, Gibson ©, Moore, Lomas, Aylemore, Turner, Webb.
Match report by Ollie Powell.