Lions came out fighting straight from kick off, against 2nd division Wednesfield Utd, taking the lead after only 5 minutes from the start. It wasn’t long before Wednesfield equalised, but Lions kept the team work and pressure on, as Jim scored Lions 2nd goal, but again Wednesfield equalised just before half time.
Lions worked consistently throughout the match, putting all their hard work from training into every pass. Lions had one-on-one with the goal keeper and hit the crossbar, but was unable to put the ball in the back of the net. For the first time Wednesfield went ahead with a confusing goal mouth scramble, but with a quarter of an hour to go, Lions fought back and the hard work paid off when Jim got his 2nd goal and Lions 3rd.
At full time it was 3-3, so 10 minutes each way extra time was played, but with both teams tiring neither was able to take advantage, with extra time ending at 3-3.
Penalties were played to decide the cup game, both teams eager to come out with the win, but all players nervous of the penalty situation. Ryan had a fantastic game in goal for Lions, and after 5 penalties the teams were still tied at 5-5. In sudden death penalties Wednesfield stepped up first and missed, giving Liam the opportunity to seal the game for Lions. Calmly placing the ball, he scored a fantastic penalty to put Lions 6-5 ahead and end the game. All the Lions team ran towards Liam, exhausted from the match but overjoyed with the well deserved win.
Every player gave their all in the match, with some excellent individual play at times but the overall team work kept Lions focussed and won the game, for this reason, all players were awarded man of the match medals.
Keep up the good work Lions.