County Cups Finals In Review
WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A GREAT MONTH OF NORTHANTS FOOTBALL
An action-packed month of Northants Football comes to a close and what a month it has been.
I would like to thank everybody who helped make the 2021-22 County Cups a huge success. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the County Cup committee, the Northants FA staff and most importantly our club volunteers. A big thank you to our sponsors also. The attendances were fantastic for all our finals and we look forward to doing it all again in the 2022-23 season.
Callum White - NFA County Cup Lead
We look back at some of the highlights from this year’s finals:
Most Entertaining game
We saw lots of competitive fixtures across the month, with all teams showing why they made it to the finals this year. One standout was the opening David Joyce fixture between Northampton town FC U18s and Bugbrooke U18s. Despite Bugbrooke going down to 10 men within the first five minutes we really didn’t know which way this contest was going to go. The game finished 5-2 with a high number of chances during the game and some fantastic individual goals. NTFC themselves ended with 10 men in a game that could have easily gone either way.
We saw all types of goals across the seventeen matches. Goals directly from a corner, free kicks, own goals, power strikes from outside the box however the one that stood out was Jess short solo goal against Brixworth in the U14s Girls Cup picking up the ball outside the box and dribbling passed two defenders before perfectly looping the ball over the keeper and into the far corner of the net.
A lot of great contenders for this with players showing their excitement to score in a big game. However, one particular celebration came after a well taken equaliser in the Lower Junior Cup between Wootton St George and Moulton Reserves. What followed can only be described as the three best knee slides witness in the history of the competition. Great execution from the Moulton players as this could of gone entirely differently.
Most Dramatic Moment
Only one talking point in this category, with this taking place in the Les Underwood Junior Cup game between Kettering Nomads and Blisworth. A repeat of the final two years prior, this game had a lot at stake for both sides. This was proven as a penalty in added time gave the chance for Nomads to equalise and send the final to a penalty shootout gave. An opportunity for someone to become a hero and this time around Jack Bradshaw the Blisworth keeper produced the most unbelievable double save before a Nomads player eventually put the second follow up wide. Blisworth would go on to lift the trophy.
We are looking forward to next seasons competitions and hope for more of the same.
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