City teams all set for Carrow Road showdown
SLIDESHOW: The Evening News Norwich Sunday League banner will be flying high at Carrow Road next month when two of the league's teams meet in the showpiece final of the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup.
The Evening News Norwich Sunday League banner will be flying high at Carrow Road next month when two of the league's teams meet in the showpiece final of the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup.
AFC Wanderers booked their place with a 3-0 semi-final win over Prince of Denmark, while the Dog House beat last year's beaten finalists El Sol 1-0 in a tense affair at Yarmouth.
No one was more pleased than AFC Wanderers manager Jason Bush, a club founder member and previous manager who took up the reins again this season to guide the team to their first appearance at the hallowed arena.
"We're really chuffed. Nine years ago we were in the Crusader League and on March 7 we will be at Carrow Road. Everybody is buzzing at the moment. Aaron Key was man of the match, although there were several contenders. Darren Watson was outstanding in central defence and captain Ben (Wright) didn't put a foot wrong."
In the final AFC will play Dog House, who in their previous guise as Delaneys beat AFC 3-1 in a 2007-08 semi-final. The teams have yet to meet in the league this season.
"We are just going to enjoy the day. There are a lot of people who have backed this club over the years and it will be good to have those people in the stands," said Jason.
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AFC stamped their authority on the semi-final at the Hewett School early on and took the lead with a spectacular 25th-minute volley from Luke Tuttle. The Premier Divison side increased the lead shortly before the interval when a 30-yard free-kick from Aaron Kay found the net with an assist from the Prince of Denmark goalkeeper. Kay netted with a penalty for the third goal after he was felled. A philosophical Jason Hawkshaw, who manages the Division 1 outfit with Mark Bowgen, said: "We didn't really perform on the day. We never got out of first gear. They were the better side. Good luck to Wanderers in the final, we are friends with them and I will be going along to watch."
An extra-time strike fromNeil Simmons clinched Dog House's 1-0 win over ElSol. Dog House sponsor AndyViner said: "We're absolutely thrilled to have reached the final.We've had a tough season. In the first round we were 3-0 down against Unthank Arms and in deep trouble but came back to win 4-3 after extra time. It must have been a hell of a half time team talk by our manager Graham Challen."
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