Extremely competitive would probably be the best way to describe Sunday’s New City Heating League Cup finals as two sides completed fantastic doubles this season.
Inter Faith were just seconds away from a shock 2-1 win over RJ Fitness in the MK Sunday League Bill Johnson Cup final before a dramatic injury-time equaliser sent the match into extra time at Manor Fields.
RJ Fitness then cantered to a 5-2 win, with Inter Faith left dead on their feet after they had valiantly held on during the second half.
Fitness trailed twice in the first half of the tie before their domination paid off and they were able to make it a league and cup double this season, having also won Division Two.
The Sunday League Knock Out Cup was also decided in extra time as Willen added to their Premier Division title with a 2-1 victory over Olney Town. Another late goal was pivotal as Willen avoided the lottery of a penalty shootout in the rain with a late winner over the team set to finish in third place in the top tier.
Both cup finals saw their fair share of tough tackles and colourful language, but New City Heating Sunday League chairman Ron James said he was delighted with the day’s action, and also pleased that several new clubs have shown an interest in joining the fun next season.
“There was sun, rain, and plenty of passion,” he said. “All four teams were a credit to the league and played very well on the day.
“It was a great example of Sunday League football, and although the passion nearly boiled over a couple of times, it was all in the right spirit of the game. And they were cup finals after all.
“The league is in very good shape – maybe it would have been better if the trophies had been shared about a bit more, but the two sides who did the double deserved to.
“We’ve got lots of interest from new teams who want to join the league next season, so it’s looking good.”
The league season is now coming to a close, with Willen comfortably the best team in the Premier Division, as AFC Padbury finish bottom.
Punjab United were top of the pile in Division One, while Stantonbury Social Elite were bottom. And RJ Fitness were Division Two winners, with AFC Santander ‘B’ bottom.