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Football: Parsloe go down in late drama at Essex Sunday cup final

Football / Mon 14th Apr 2014 at 11:17am

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BELFRY manager Barry Redington was left speechless after a stoppage time Sonny Adams goal earned his side their first ever Essex Sunday Junior Cup triumph thanks to late drama against Parsloe Athletic at Brightlingsea Regent FC’s North Road.

Substitute Adams’ late clincher sealed the win after Dexter Terrell-Stuart’s early second-half opener for Belfry had been cancelled out by Darren Smith with under 15 minutes to play. “For Sonny [Adams] to come off the bench and score the winner – it’s just brilliant,” declared Redington after leading his London City Airport League outfit to victory in north Essex.

He continued: “I think we started quite slowly, but we can put that down to nerves I think. We got there in the end, though, and to win it in the last minute, well, it’s an amazing feeling. I’m almost lost for words!”

It was certainly the perfect end to a long weekend for Belfry, with many of the Dagenham-based squad having travelled to the Essex coast on Friday evening. And they certainly made the most of their jubilant celebrations.

Redington’s side enjoyed the better of the game from the off. But, in a tight first half, Mitchell Das’ free kick for Harlow & District Sunday Leaguers Parsloe proved the only clear opening, with Belfry goalkeeper Matthew Lawless more than equal to the task.

It was within 90 seconds of the restart that the tie sprang to life as Belfry’s Terrell-Stuart got his head onto the ball at the far post and gave his side the lead, with Parsloe stopper Jayden Purdue unable to claw the ball to safety before it crossed the line.

As Parsloe looked to respond, Das saw his low shot roll agonisingly wide of the far post having been played clean through before Smith duly levelled the tie on 76 minutes as he deftly clipped a neat finish over advancing Lawless.

Within seconds, Belfry’s Jack Sawyer saw his stinging close-range shot brilliantly blocked and David Jones pulled an angled effort just wide from David Abela’s cut back. But Adams latched onto a ball over the top just afterwards and beat Purdue to poke home the winner before disappearing beneath a pile of ecstatic team mates.

Belfry: Matthew Lawless, Paul Barlow, Adam Turner, Liam Hughes, Dexter Terrell-Stuart, Jamie Redington, David Jones, Daniel Abela, Nick Verdi, Ryan Chapman, Luke MacDonald. Substitutes (repeated): Sonny Adams, Jack Sawyer, Paul Wheeler, Robert English, Joe Maskell.

Parsloe Athletic: Jayden Purdue, Chris Bartlett, Ant Webb, Jack Boskovic, Simon Williams, Jordan Childs, Richard Budd, Lee Exley, Ben Johnson, Mitchell Das, Adam Williams. Substitutes (repeated): Gary Johnson, Chris Hart, Darren Smith, Jody Holgarth.

Bookings: Belfry: Chapman (2, foul), Jones (68, unsporting behaviour). Parsloe: Simon Williams (36, handball), Webb (56, persistently infringing the laws of the game), Adam Williams (68, unsporting behaviour), Purdue (90+6, foul).

Referee: Joe Wrigley (Great Yeldham).

Assistant Referees: Errol Souter (Colchester) and John Abbott (Silver End).

Fourth Official: Brian Forbes (Colchester).

Attendance: 147.

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