Five Star Performance
Match Photography by James Williamson,
Match Highlights Courtesy of In-Play Sports
Match Report by Jamie Griffiths
FC Britannia retained the DCFA Sunday Senior Cup after putting five past Field Lane at the home of Belper Town FC.
FC Britannia looked determined to hold onto the trophy they won at the same ground last year as they came out of the starting blocks the strongest. Charlie Dawes saw tested Warren Mansey from the edge of the box, with the Field Lane keeper parrying the ball and claiming at the second attempt.
A bright start was rewarded moments later though when Callam Lytham latched onto a through ball providing him with a one-on-one opportunity, which he took, calmly slotting the ball past the advancing keeper.
Britannia then doubled their lead with the next chance of the game when Nico De Girolamo fired a low effort from the edge of the box into the bottom left hand corner.
Tomas Poole looked for a third moments later when he unleashed a powerful long range drive, only for Mansey to parry it away.
Just when the game looked comfortable for Britannia, Field Lane pulled one back. Their Captain, Chris Briggs, led by example when he made a run to the near post and guided an effort from close range beyond the keeper, to bring them back into the contest.
Britannia couldn’t believe they didn’t restore their two goal cushion after half an hour, when De Girolamo’s low effort cannoned off the inside of the post. The ball was only half cleared, and the resulting cross towards the back post was headed towards goal and cleared off of the line.
Poole had the last chance of the half when he curled a free kick towards the top right hand corner, but Mansey did well to hold onto it.
Half Time: Field Lane 1 FC Britannia 2
FC Britannia made the perfect start to the second half as their restored their two goal lead four minutes after the break. Lytham rolled his man well and, just like his first, slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.
Five minutes later, they grabbed their fourth. After Poole's long range free kick was smartly tipped round the post, Nico De Girolamo rose the highest at the back post to nod the ball into the net.
Britannia grew in confidence and nearly had a fifth just ten minutes into the second half, only being denied by a clearance off the line after Lytham had rounded the keeper.
Field Lane still had their moments and came close to pulling a goal back when Harrop let fly with a powerful drive, but he was denied by a smart save.
However they struggled to contain Lytham, and after he beat his man out wide, he put the ball on a plate for Poole to tap home from close range to make it 5-1.
Poole could have grabbed his second a few minutes later when, in a similar position, he fired the ball wildly over the bar.
Field Lane looked to find a way back into the game and nearly did so when Iceton found some room in the box, only for his shot to be well saved.
They did manage to pull another one back eleven minutes from time however. After a clearance from a goal bound effort hit the underside of the bar, substitute Sam Lander, who was unmarked in the box, smashed the ball into the back of the net to reduce the deficit.
There was to be no late drama however, as that proved to be the last piece of action, resulting in FC Britannia lifting a cup they are becoming familiar with.
Full Time: Field Lane 2 FC Britannia 5