Planters quick to seal honours
Catfield 0, Norwich United Reserves 2: After a nervous start by both teams the game suddenly sprang to life when in the 8th minute when Michael Townsend of Norwich United showed a burst of speed down the right side of the pitch and put over a perfect cross to find Jody Cork unmarked to head the first goal for Norwich United.
Catfield 0, Norwich United Reserves 2
After a nervous start by both teams the game suddenly sprang to life when in the 8th minute when Michael Townsend of Norwich United showed a burst of speed down the right side of the pitch and put over a perfect cross to find Jody Cork unmarked to head the first goal for Norwich United. Catfield did have a good chance in the 16th minute but Paul Thompson headed wide. Catfield then had a penalty appeal turned down. In the 21st minute Norwich United scored their second goal when Craig Ritchie latched on to a long ball down the middle and outpaced the Catfield defence to beat goalkeeper David Pitts. For the remainder of the first half Norwich United Reserves were well on top and looked likely to add to their tally at anytime with Catfield failing to mount a worthwhile attack.
In the first ten minutes of the second half Norwich United Reserves had three excellent opportunities to increase their lead. Craig Ritchie shot over the bar when well placed. Kieran Passey brought a good save from David Pitts and Jody Cork with only the goalkeeper to beat put the ball over the bar. The first caution of the game came in the 53rd minute when Craig Vincent of Norwich united Reserves was booked for persistent infringement. Catfield had failed to offer much again in this half and the Norwich United Reserve defence was very solid with their goalkeeper Phillip Brindley handling the ball cleanly. Fitness was playing a big part in the game now and the younger Norwich United side were much the stronger. In the 70th minute Catfield had their best chance of the match when Chad Pillar beat three players and somehow the goalkeeper stuck out a foot to deflect the ball for a corner. In the 80th minute Catfield were reduced to ten men when Bevan Self was dismissed for violent conduct. Thompson also of Catfield was cautioned for dissenting the decision. With both teams using all their substitutes the game petered out and at the final whistle no one in the 600+ crowd could deny that Norwich United Reserves were worthy winners of the Cup.
Player of the match select by the sponsors 'Active Norfolk' was Damon Bensley of Norwich United Reserves and the cup was presented by the Chairman of the NCFA Stuart Dracup.