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Royals narrowly defeated  in final
Royals 1-3 Meole Brace Juniors (Grinker)
(League Cup Final, 10-05-09)


Despite a far better performance than those that they have displayed recently, Royals could not do enough to secure their first piece of silverware since joining the Shropshire Junior Football League.

A sideways slope on the pitch caused both teams problems and prevented it from being a textbook football match. However both teams gave their all and it was unfortunate that there had to be a loser.

As expected, Meole Brace started confidently, their end of season league form clearly boosting their confidence. Midway through the first half they took the lead, after ex-Royal Carless-Turland was sent on his way by a long pass and he finished superbly past the diving Keugler.

However, Royals continued to battle and when Grinker equalised with a superb header 10 minutes before the break from a Hearle corner, it was game on again. Royals now showed more determination, closing down their opponents more quickly and forcing them into errors. They enjoyed their best spell, after the equaliser and took the game to their opponents.

The teams went in at half time with the score at 1-1 and Royals instructed to keep on closing their opponents down quickly and doggedly.

Early in the second half, Royals could have taken the lead after a neat move between Moffat, Smith and Grinker, saw Grinker's shot go inches wide.

Royals continued to battle and caused their opponents problems but then, against the run of play Royals were dealt a sucker punch when Carless-Turland scored his second. The ball was bouncing around in the Royals' area like a pinball machine. Green headed off the line, Agnew cleared and Al Houbani scrambled clear all in quick succession. Then Carless-Turland found the ball at his feet and fired home for his second of the game.

Royals now had to dig deep if they were to salvage anything from the game. Smith was sent up front to partner Lewis and they went to 3 at the back. With 12 minutes left there was still time to equalise. Then, a great move saw Smith flick the ball on to Lewis who advanced towards goal and fired home, only to be adjudged offside by the assistant referee.

With 5 minutes remaining and with Royals throwing everyone forward, Meole scored their third and final goal, making sure there was no way back for the Royals.

Team: Keugler, Agnew (Watts 30), Green, Al-Houbani, Smith, Hearle, Miles (Weynberg 20), Fielding, Moffat, Grinker, Lewis (Baker 35)

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