Thrilling cup final ends with shoot-out delight for Jackdaws

Burlington Jackdaws v Flixton Fc
Burlington Jackdaws v Flixton Fc

It was a glorious day for a cup final, with bright sunshine, plenty of supporters and a team of slightly nervous but enthusiastic players.

Burlington Jackdaws U11 also had to battle with a very early start for their Specsavers Cup final at Queensgate on Bank Holiday Monday.

It was a close game from the start with the two well-matched teams and the first half ending 0-0, but Flixton scored early on in the second half.

Jackdaws continued fighting and with less than a minute to go, they got their rewar when Jack Gavin equalised to force extra time.

The first half of extra time saw Gavin put the jubilant Jackdaws ahead for the first time in the game but the drama wasn’t over and Flixton sneaked a goal to drew things level again.

It meant the tie was heading to the dreaded penalty shoot-out and the tension was palpable.

Flixton’s first spot-kick went over and Jackdaws’ William Webb had the pressure of taking their first effort. His spot-kick nearly splintered the woodwork but bounced out.

Flixton’s second was saved by Jackdaws keeper Josh Brown, before Miller Haynes Thomas stepped up to the spot and confidently struck the ball to score a beauty.

The next penalty from Flixton was once again saved by Brown and Josh Stanyon scored a belter into the back of the net to give the Jackdaws the advantage.

The pressure proved too much and Flixton’s fourth again went wide. Langham took his place to shoot but there was no need.

Jackdaws took the cup after a close, well fought game. Each player worked so hard and never gave up.

The lads got the reward they deserved after a truly remarkable season.