SUNDAY was all about the Attenborough Trophy where for the first time in the competition’s history two veterans teams played two open aged teams in the semi-finals of this historic cup competition.
And just like any cup competition the games provided a giant-killing upset.
The first semi-final saw Casey’s “A” team scrape through to the Attenborough final with a narrow 1-0 victory against a resilient S & L Corby Vets.
Casey’s A took an early lead with a goal from Ryan Waldock and the Casey’s game plan was to go on and score a few more goals before half-time.
But somebody must have forgotten to tell S&L Corby to read the script as the Casey’s game plan never quite went that way.
Full marks must go to the S&L Corby Vets team as they battled hard for every loose ball that came their way.
Casey’s had a lot of possession but could not break down an efficient Corby defence. On a number of occasions S&L Corby had many opportunities to catch Casey’s on the break and level the scores.
In the second semi-final in Rugby the AEI Vets’ team came out resounding 3-1 winners over a full-strength Club 101 side.
AEI turned in a fantastic team performance to complete a giant-killing result over Club 101.
Mick O’Toole has done a great job this season in strengthening his AEI team to become real contenders in all cup and league competitions and deserve their place in the Attenborough Trophy final.
They become the first Vets team to reach the final of this cup competition.
Club 101 failed to convert the goal chances that came their way and AEI were well organised in all areas of the pitch and were worthy winners.
Next it will be back to league action in both divisions where many of the teams will be finishing off their season and will look forward to a well-earned break.