Ruby Challenge Cup Final – Match Report

The Colchester & District Sunday League once again returned to Dulwich Road, home of Holland FC for the Ruby Challenge Cup Final between Sunday Shrimpers vs Queens Arms.

The opening fifteen minutes of the game saw both teams looking to stamp their authority on the game, with spells of possession for each team, however neither were able to make their possession count with any meaningful attempts on goal. Both defences were finding themselves under pressure and looking to stop any attacks, however in the sixteenth minute, Jamie Duffus of Queens Arms was a little too rash in his attempts to do so and was shown a yellow Card.

It would take until the twenty-third minute for the first meaningful attempt to come, and it came the way of Sunday Shrimpers, who managed to play in Chris Stratton with a neat ball through and he timed his run to perfection to race through and find himself one on one with the ‘keeper to finish coolly.

Sunday Shrimpers 1-0 Queens Arms.

Straight from kick off, the determination from Queens Arms to not let that goal derail them was evident as they worked the ball forward and the dangerous Billy Wales found himself with room outside of the box to unleash an effort on his left foot which flew into the top right corner. All this in the twenty-fourth minute, only a minute after going behind for an immediate response!

Sunday Shrimpers 1-1 Queens Arms.

The game again settled after this with both teams again moving the ball around and looking to create openings for themselves, however once again, neither keeper had any meaningful saves to make, as most of the play was within the middle section of the park.

With half time approaching, in the forty-fifth minute, Queens Arms again worked themselves some space with Reuben Cowler making strides down the left-hand side of the pitch, and after some fabulous wing play, he was able to pull the ball back across goal where Sam Thompson had time to set himself, take on the shot, and beat the keeper. Matt Grove in the Sunday Shrimpers defence attempted to stop the ball finding the net however could only help it on its way into the net.

Sunday Shrimpers 1-2 Queens Arms.

Half Time: Sunday Shrimpers 1-2 Queens Arms

The second half started with Sunday Shrimpers looking to find an immediate route back into the game, and Queens Arms defending well. In the same outcome as the first half, despite working the ball well, the creation of clear-cut chances was lacking at the end of the attacks.

In the fifty-fourth minute as Sunday Shrimpers broke forward, Queens Arms’ Alex Foresythe was a little too rash in his attempts to stop this and shown a yellow card resulting in a free kick to Sunday Shrimpers.

From the resulting free kick, Sunday Shrimpers were able to get themselves further forward and in the fifty-fifth minute they had the ball in the net, only to be denied by an offside flag, with their attacker deemed to have gone too early.

The game once again settled as Sunday Shrimpers attacked and Queens Arms defended, however it wasn’t until the sixty-seventh minute that Sunday Shrimpers were able to make the pressure count, as Tom Foster was persistent in his attempts down the right wing and eventually was able to play a ball across goal where the waiting Chris Stratton was there to finish once again.

Sunday Shrimpers 2-2 Queens Arms.

In a cruel twist of fate for Sunday Shrimpers, exactly as it was in the first half, their hard work was undone within a minute as in the sixty-eighth minute, a long throw was delivered into a crowded area by Queens Arms and Matthew Grey was first to it with his head, beating ‘keeper Harvey Rotchell in the Sunday Shrimpers goal.

Sunday Shrimpers 2-3 Queens Arms.

Sunday Shrimpers again tried to rally and create chances to equalise, without success and saw Chris Gueizelar sent to the sin bin in the seventy-third minute for a show of dissent, after he took issue with a decision by the match officials.

Despite their best efforts, Sunday Shrimpers were once again unable to create any meaningful attempts and test ‘keeper Forrest Maddock in the Queens Arms goal as the game played out to it’s conclusion.

Full Time: Sunday Shrimpers 2-3 Queens Arms

Sunday Shrimpers : Harvey Rotchell, Reece Harte, Leroy Eade, Christopher Stratton, Chris Johnson, Harry Windred , Matthew Grove, Daniel Keeble, Liam Duly, Daniel Roots, Rory Harman. Subs: Charlie Gueizelar, Cameron Brunsden, Tom Farthing, Jack James.

Queens Arms : Forrest Maddock, Jamie Duffus, Harvey Cowler, Oliver Lamb, Reuben Cowler, Wayne Blackman, Samuel Thompson, Billy Wales, Alex Foresythe, Kieran Wales, Adam Daniels. Subs: Simon Allwin, Kalon Harms, Conner Lebrett, Matthew Gray, Bradley Smith.

Match report and photos courtesy of League Sec. Aaron Finch.

Referee David Byrne (C), Assistant Referee Joe Buda (L) and Assistant Referee Andy Pitts (R)
Man of the Match, chosen by Ernie Osborne,
Billy Wales of Queens Arms.
Runners-up : Sunday Shrimpers
League President Mr Ernie Osborne presents the winner’s trophy to
Queens Arms captain Jamie Duffus.
Ruby Challenge Cup Winners – Queens Arms