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Old Sils mix it up to make history at national finals

Old Sils triumphed at the national mixed finals for the first time in the club's history.

Old Sills celebrate a famous victory over Deeside Ramblers in the national mixed final.
Old Sills celebrate a famous victory over Deeside Ramblers in the national mixed final.

Old Sils triumphed at the national mixed finals for the first time in the club’s history.

Having overcome Norwich City in a tense penalty shoot-out at the semi-final stage, a Dan Sulway hat-trick in the final against Deeside Ramblers helped the Sils secure a 5-3 win.

Against Norwich, the Sils flew out of the blocks and inside the first five minutes Kat Berns had capitalised on a loose ball in the D to fire her side into the lead.

The Sils pushed on from there looking for more goals and came very close,  firstly through Tom Mallet and then Samantha Copper.

Norwich seemed to have no answer and when Sulway found Mallet in the circle his composure shone through and he found Holly Percival on the back post for a tap in.

The Sils continued to apply pressure with Jamie Glynn and Jamie Clapham going close but before the break Norwich pulled a goal back which man-of-the-match Patrick O’Malley could do nothing about.

Within minutes of the restart Norwich equalised through a well-worked penalty corner.

As the game neared full-time, O’Malley was forced into a last ditch save to keep the Sils in the tournament as the tie went to flicks.

Jamie Glynn, Sulway and Mallet all scored, while O’Malley continued his heroics in goal saving two of Norwich’s three. However, the Sils failed to take the initiative and the contest went to sudden death.  But they held their nerve as the same trio all netted again and Norwich missed the final flick.

In the final, the Sils again started quickly with Berns netting within five minutes following some excellent work from Simon Clapham at the heart of the midfield.

Sulway made it two from a short corner and then added another after Naomi Ennis had won the team a short corner.

A lapse in concentration allowed Deeside to pull one back before the break and after that, Dave Bayliss was rock solid as he repelled attack after attack while Frankie Levey and Samantha Copper pressed the Deeside defence.

Deeside managed to get another back to make it 3-2 but Mallet calmed his team’s nerves as he picked up he ball up in his own defensive quarter, powered down the left wing and into the circle where he beat two defenders and the keeper to slot home what was undeniably the goal of the tournament.

With time running out Deeside threw everything at the Sils and managed to  claw a scruffy goal back, but it was to be Sulway’s day as he stepped up to get his hat-trick off another penalty corner with two minutes remaining.

 

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