Foster saves late to win cup

Chestnut Ave  PFA Junior cup finalists  Rutland DR EMN-161005-085210009
Chestnut Ave PFA Junior cup finalists Rutland DR EMN-161005-085210009

Rutland Dead Rabbits are PFA Junior Cup champions after a dramatic 1-0 win over Stamford Lions Reserves in the final on Monday night.

All the significant action at the Branch Bro Stadium came in the final few minutes of the final, with the game looking like it was heading to penalties.

Chestnut Ave  PFA Junior cup finalists  Stamford Lions EMN-161005-085157009

Chestnut Ave PFA Junior cup finalists Stamford Lions EMN-161005-085157009

Tane Scott gave Rutland Dead Rabbits the lead with a header from a James Slack cross in the 86th minute to open the scoring and start the celebrations but there was still time for more drama and another hero to emerge.

In fact Scott thought he had scored a second two minutes into injury time after a Slack counter attack and pass created an opening for the striker but the referee disallowed the goal for offside.

In the seventh minute of injury time calamity struck for the Rutland side when a push on a Lions striker was deemed worthy of a penalty.

Up stepped Scott McKenzie for the Stamford side but Rutland Dead Rabbits’ man of the match goalkeeper Daniel Foster guessed the right way and saved the spot kick to win the cup.

Rutland Dead Rabbits: Daniel Foster, Chris Hall, Simon Brown, Darren Short, James Farr, Gary Rix, James Flack, Liam Hollingsworth (c), Joe McDonald, Tane Scott, Liam Mullineaux.

Substitutes: Dave Twose, Craig Ward, Tom Wardle, Matt Nichols, Jonny Crisp

Stamford Lions: Steve Rudkin, Jamie Hill, Rhys Wilson, Nick Harradenle (c), Kieren Rodgers, Jack Neath, Chris Steele, Jonathon Smith, Scott McKenzie, Phillip Bartlett, Sam Rayner, Josh Walton.

Substitutes: Dan Aust, Andrew Ward, Joe Healey, Russell Aust.