"A" team are Jubilee Cup champions
Congrats to the "A" team on lifting the cup thanks to two second half goals.
Two second half goals by Dylan Chaffin ensured Woodley United “A” won the Reading Invitation Challenge Jubilee Cup on Saturday against divisional rivals and title chasing Wargrave, ten years after Woodley Town “A” last won the competition. In scoring Chaffin finished the season as the team’s leading scorer.
Wargrave, as expected, started the stronger looking to get the ball forward quickly and direct to their forwards, a tactic that saw them score three times in the opening fifteen minutes of the league game between the two teams in March. However, United were better organised defensively resulting in Wargrave’s main threat being from corners and free kicks and keeper Brad Moore comfortably able to deal with shots at his goal.
Having weathered the opening twenty minutes Woodley’s passing game saw them have greater possession in their opponents half and win a series of corners which they were unable to capitalise upon, but with Chaffin, fellow forward Muneer Fakih and wingers Reece Brown and Shaman Goswell seeing plenty of the ball it was only a matter of time before the deadlock would be broken.
The opening goal came in the fifty third minute when Brown’s run down the right wing and cross was met at the far post for Chaffin to fire home. Fifteen minutes Fakih thought he had extended the lead when his shot hit the underside of Wargrave’s cross bar and was deemed not to have crossed the goal line as the ball bounced back into play.
The deciding goal came sixteen minutes from time with United hitting Wargrave on the counter attack from their (Wargrave) corner. Chaffin received a clearance inside his half and attacked down the left wing before drawing Wargrave’s keeper Ben Carter to calmly slot the ball into the net.
With rain falling heavily Woodley successfully managed the game to an end to give player manager Tim Green his first success in his debut year in the role.
From a Woodley view it was good to see five of the winning team having progressed via the club’s youth section.