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TOURNAMENT REPORT

Kent FA Cup 60+

23rd October 2021

WE GOT FAR, BUT NO CIGAR!


CANTERBURY CITY SQUAD

Goal
Jan Knott

Defenders

John Ballantyne, Colin Gwyn, Dave Rayner

Midfield
Rupert Brown, Tony McMullen, Dave Tadd

Strikers
Ian Banks, Cedric Russell


MATCH RESULTS

Group Stage

Canterbury City 0 Woodnesborough 1
Canterbury City 1 Medway Marauders 1  (Goalscorer - Ian Banks)
Canterbury City 0 Margate 0


Quarter Final

Canterbury City 1 Tonbridge 0  (Goalscorer – Tony McMullen)


Semi Final

Canterbury City 0 Margate 0 (Canterbury won 7-6 on penalties)


Final

Canterbury City 0 Woodnesborough 1


REPORT

This was a good initiative by the FA and ten teams took part at the YMCA in Maidstone.  


Due to the group nature of the tournament and the number of teams involved, each game was only 10 minutes long. As we discussed this in the car going to Maidstone, we agreed that this likely meant a number of 0-0 scores or games settled by one mistake. On the whole this is what happened.


An interesting point regarding the FA Rules, confirmed by the first match referee and Harry Burgess of the FA, who takes their referee courses, is that the pass back rule only relates to a case where the original pass out from the keeper is where the ball had gone out for a ‘goalkick’. It does not apply where the keeper comes into possession through normal play. More about this later.


We were told a couple of days beforehand that ‘World Champions’, Herne Bay, could not even field a team and had pulled out. Not many tears were shed. Also, one other team had withdrawn, leaving us with two groups of four. This would mean that all teams would be represented in the Quarter Finals.


Our first game was against a team we know well, Woodnesborough.  It was a close game, but our prediction sadly came true in that it was settled by a defensive mistake and a single goal.


Still, onto Medway Marauders, a team we didn’t know. Ian scored a great goal, and we had a number of other good chances. Unfortunately, we couldn’t put them away, and they scored against the run of play with a decent strike that Jan had no chance with. They could have even nicked it at the end, but Jan kept them out. We were very disappointed that we didn’t win this game as we were by far the better team.


Our last group game was against Margate, a team that had humiliated us just a couple of weeks earlier on their patch. But this was a different Canterbury, and it was another close game that finished 0-0. Rupert could even have put us into dreamland (pun intended) when put through by Colin, but a last-ditch tackle denied him.

So to lunch and more than 72 hungry old men! I think the FA missed a trick here and could have arranged a few plates of sandwiches, crisps etc, but didn’t.


After lunch the quarter finals were played, and we were in the second of these.

We found ourselves against Tonbridge, another team that we did not know. An excellent performance this one. Rupert played a clever ball inside and Tony was on hand to beat the keeper with an opportunist strike from just outside of the area. A 1-0 victory and suddenly we were in the semis!


Here found ourselves against Margate again, whilst the other semi was between Maidstone and Woodnesborough.

Our game was a close fought affair, but neither team could break the deadlock and we moved inexorably to a penalty shootout. Each outfield player had to take one in a best of five. Both teams had mixed fortune in the first five leaving us level, so it was go again in sudden death. The extra pressure seemed to bring out the best in our players and we scored all of our five with a superb set of kicks. That left Margate with a kick to equalise. It was a well hit penalty, but Jan stretched to touch it onto the bar, and we were in the final!


We heard that Steve Earle (the Puma), a regular at our Friday night session, had also performed heroics in the Woodnesborough goal as they, too, went through on penalties against the much-fancied Maidstone.


We hadn’t expected it, but we found ourselves in the final against the first team we had played, Woodnesborough. Again, this was a close encounter, but they were awarded a free kick due to a pass back to the keeper. My view is that the original pass out was not a goal kick, so should not have been a free kick. A conversation with the referee afterwards showed that he was not aware of the rule referred to above.


Still, despite seeing what Woodnesborough were going to do, we didn’t defend the free kick well enough, and the well-hit shot sailed beyond Jan into the back of the net. It was an identical goal to the one that had cost us in our 1-1 draw with Ashford in the league a few weeks ago, so this is something we will need to address.

Well done to Woodnesborough who were worthy winners, and magnanimous in victory. We had played well with everyone a credit to the club, and we will be receiving runners-up medals!


Simon Ludden