East Preston 0 – 0 Horsham YMCA (Horsham YMCA win 5-4 on penalties AET)
Horsham YMCA lifted the Sussex RUR Charity Cup on Wednesday evening after beating fellow Division 1 rivals East Preston on penalties.
YM rounded off a fantastic season with some long awaited silverware, their first cup success since winning the same trophy back in 2001.
But they had to work hard for their reward and rode their luck at times, as Division 1 Champions EP controlled large parts of a fragmented affair, before Dan Sullivan’s spot kick secured a 5-4 win after the game ended goalless after 120 minutes.
An elated YM manager Peter Buckland commented: “Tonight is the icing on the cake and gives us a platform to build on. We deserved some silverware because they are a great bunch of lads who have got a togetherness that doesn’t just happen overnight.”
Preston hit the crossbar and the post during ninety minutes, whilst YM had goalkeeper Simon Lockwood to thank for several smart saves. Nick Sullivan could have won it for YM late on but sliced wide, as extra time then quickly came and went.
That left the tie to be decided by the shootout, and after both sides netted their opening two penalties, Preston’s Tom Levitt saw his spot kick saved to allow Dan Sullivan the chance to coolly slide home the winner.
YM boss Buckland added: “I told the players that it would be really tight and that we would ride our luck at times, as we did, but that we would have one or two opportunities. I said that if it went to penalties, I honestly knew my first five penalty takers would all score.
I am absolutely delighted that we can bring some silverware back to the club, but trust me, it’s the first of many.”