Carling FA Sunday Trophy Final


Well done to Scots Grey F.C, I had the pleasure of playing against this team for their local rivals ‘Poets Corner’ last season, we lost the early league game but I could tell from the amount of players they had in the squad and the standard of players that this was going to be the team to beat for the next couple of years.. please enjoy the match report below and once again well done ‘Scots Grey’ for putting Nottingham ballers back on the map..

Juree Staples soars above the Martyrs defence to head Scots’ 92nd minute leveller

Scots Grey 4 – 3 Oyster Martyrs

It’s official; Scots Grey are the best Sunday football team in England. This was earned after a pulsating Carlsberg FA Sunday Trophy final at Anfield against Oyster Martyrs.
The Bulwell outfit travelled to the backyard of the Merseyside based club and came away with a fantastic 4-3 victory, after extra-time.
Scots started well and Allan Jefferies fired over in the first minute. However, Martyrs struck back and Graham Rooney (brother of Wayne) saw a freekick deflected just wide, before Jefferies had a close range effort tipped over.


Greys went ahead after sixteen minutes as skipper; Mark Green’s cross was mishit by Jefferies but fell invitingly for Phil Bignall, who fired home from ten yards. It was almost one-all, two minutes later but Ross Whalin superbly palmed over Latham’s volley. Martyrs were applying pressure and only a brilliant last gasp goal line clearance by Luke Humphries denied Latham again.
The prompting Mick Galloway put Andy Frawley in to the left of goal but the long server fired over and soon after the scores were level, with Greys conceding a soft goal.
Martyrs won a freekick, twenty five yards from goal and Whalin was left rooted as Latham’s poorly struck shot rolled agonisingly past him.
Phil Bignall then saw the Martyrs’ keeper hold his close range header, before Whalin redeemed himself by tipping Thomas Rooney’s fiercely struck effort over the bar.

The second period started in similar fashion to the first with the Martyrs keeper making a fine save to thwart Jefferies, followed by an equally fine save by Whalin as Murdoch’s strike was heading for the top corner.
Fifty five minutes had elapsed when Graham Rooney nodded home from close range as he met Austin’s header back across goal from Smith’s deeply flighted free kick.
This inspired the Merseysiders and they enjoyed a period of supremacy as Scots struggled to get back on equal terms.
With the clock showing two minutes of five added for stoppages, Bulwell’s finest won a corner on the right and Juree Staples rose majestically to steer through a header from Mark Green’s well directed kick.

The game went into extra time, of which seven minutes had passed when Phil Bignall was hauled down in the area and the referee awarded a penalty. Alan Jefferies kept his head and steered the resultant kick beyond the diving keeper.
Martyrs again applied pressure but their efforts left gaps at the back and with four minutes remaining Scots exploited this to give themselves a two goal cushion.
Bignall was the instigator, steering a pass into the path of Jefferies, who advanced on goal and again showed a cool approach as he fired past the advancing Cannon and into the net.
However, the game was far from over and with two minutes remaining Lipson reduced the arrears with a fine drive from the edge of the box. The remaining time was nerve-racking but as the referee signalled full-time, the celebrations erupted from the sizable travelling contingent from Nottingham, who had lifted their side with constant rousing support from the famous Kop.


~ by awbroady on July 2, 2009.

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