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Wednesday 7th May 2008
Debden Sports 2
Canning Town 2
Debden Won 4-1 on Penalties
Debden Sports took home their 3rd trophy after a long hard Battle against Canning Town in the Romford Charity Cup Final.
In a hard fought first half Debden only managed to create a few half chances through Trevor Barcley and Steve Porter. Canning Town never really got into the match at this point and failed to threaten the Debden goal.
Canning Town came out stronger in the 2nd half after making a couple of changes but it was Debden who took the lead. Defender David Smith was brought down in the penalty box and the referee pointed to the spot. Adam Hines stepped up and coolly put the ball past the Canning Town keeper.
Debden then decided that this would be enough and attempted to close out the game but a mix up at the back gave Canning Town their equaliser and sent the match into extra time.
Extra time proved an open affair with both teams pushing for the winner. Canning Town were to break the deadlock with a looping cross which provided a free header at the far post giving Canning Town the lead at half time. In the second period Debden pushed forward looking for the equaliser. An Olly Thomas corner led to a goal mouth scramble and a goal for Steve Game. Despite Canning Town being reduced to 10 men for the final minutes neither team could find the winning goal.
So it was to be decided by penalties and Debden had so far this year won all their shoot outs. Debden were to score all four of their taken penalties through Gareth Lealand, Scott Falconer, Ricky Andrews and Adam Hines. Canning Town hit the bar and had one saved by Debdenís Gareth Lealand giving Debden a 4-1 shootout win and the trophy for the second year in succession.
Debden team, Gareth Lealand, Ricky Andrews, Trevor Barcley, Adam Hines, Gary Mardon, Daniel Pace, Robert Patten, Simon Porter, Alex Shaw, David Smith, Olly Thomas
Subs, Chris Charalambous, Scott Falconer, Steve Game