Jersey v Army 2019

Southern Counties Cup: Penalty disappointment for Jersey as the Army lift trophy again

Tim Pryor
The British Army beat Jersey 4-3 on penalties at Springfield to retain the Southern Counties Cup

Jersey suffered penalty shootout disappointment as the British Army retained the Southern Counties Cup at Springfield. 

The visitors - who had relinquished home advantage so that the fixture could be part of the Liberation Day celebrations - clinched the game 4-3 on spot kicks after the final had finished 1-1 in normal time.

Central defender Luke Campbell had volleyed Jersey into a 12th minute lead, popping up unmarked from a free-kick to side-foot in from close range, leaving Joe Gorman with little chance in the Army goal. 

Martin Cassidy’s side had opportunities to add to the advantage before the break with brothers Michael and Calvin Weir going close on a number of occasions. 

Jersey v Army 2

The Army started the second period brightly and within ten minutes of the restart were level through Jack May, who weaved through the Jersey defence and saw his effort deflected in.

The hosts dominated territory and possession as the game wore on and created a series of chances, particularly after the introduction of Karl Hinds, Sol Solomon and Harry Cardwell. If there was to be a winner it looked like it would come Jersey's way. It never materialised though, and so to the drama of spot kicks to decide the contest. 

The Army failed to convert their first with Euan van der Vliet saving well with his legs, but misses from Solomon and Hinds meant the Army could celebrate winning the trophy for the third season in a row.

Photos: With thanks to Adrian Topley

Jersey: Euan van der Vliet, Harry Curtis, Jay Giles, James Queree, Luke Campbell, Kamen Nafkha, Michael Weir, Adam Trotter, Craig Russell, Jack Boyle (c), Calvin Weir.

Subs: Karl Hinds, Danny Birrell, Sol Solomon, Harry Cardwell, Connor O'Shea.

Army: Joe Gorman, Graham Williams, Lee McCombie, Keith Emmerson (c), Mo Sabo, Bryn Beange, Dan Stoneman, Sean Woolley, Jay Hubbard, Adam Wakely, Jack May.

Subs: Rob Farkins, James Lambley, Matthew Glass, Lloyd Gardiner, Carl Blackburn.

Referee: David Brunton

Attendance: 273