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Hampshire Football Association's first cup final of the season took place on a wet Sunday morning (13th March 2017) at Alton Town F.C. Luckily the club's superb 3G pitch was impervious to the weather! Both teams took time to settle on the artificial pitch and it was Athletico Romsey who had the best of the play with an early chance falling to Marcus McCartney who forced a flying save from 'keeper Steve Curry.
After a series of corners Jamie Bench-Parker headed over the Ford bar. As Romsey pressed Mark Walker put a longrange over the bar from an acute angle. The best chance of the half, however, fell to Ford's Clint Fyfield who had pulled into an unmarked space but headed over from close range. It was Fyfield who set up another chance for Ford but Jay Grist blazed the ball over the bar. Just before half time McCartney had a chance to put Romsey in the lead but side-footed passed the post. It was Ford who started the second half on the attack and Fyfield put another shot over the bar. The breakthrough came in the 61st minute.
Kabir Breathen broke free on his own, outpaced the Romsey defence and scored a great individual goal. Romsey came back with a header from McCartney from a corner and then Bench-Parker shot just wide. As Romsey pressed from a corner Ford's 'keeper, Curry kept them in the game with a great save. Breathen did get the ball in the Romsey net again but the goal was ruled out by the Referee who booked him for an offence! Just before the final whistle Clint Fyfield hit the Romsey side netting.The game was well controlled by Referee Thomas Berry and his Assistants Samuel Lee and Catalin Tanase. The fourth official was Adrian Cook. The match was sponsored by Trophies4U.net and the match ball was sponsored by the Hampshire F.A.Directors. Man of the Match was selected by Hampshire F.A. officials and John Moody presented the trophy to Ford's Kabir Breathen.
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