Cup Final victory for BRNC

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Friday 7th April 2017
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A winning-goal in extra time saw Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) Football Club steal a victory in the Thomas Westcott Devon FA Midweek Cup Final against the University of Plymouth.

At the start of the match BRNC struggled to retain possession and play their fast-flowing football on what was a slow surface. It took half an hour for the opposition to take full advantage, breaking the deadlock when a ball curled into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. At half-time the University of Plymouth went in 1-0 up.

BRNC came out in the second half determined to make amends for the below par performance but unfortunately it wasn’t long before the University side doubled their lead. BRNC did not lose heart and battled on working their way back into the game and with 75 minutes gone their superior fitness meant they started to dictate play and control the game. A well placed headed ball from Lieutenant Dave Clark from a brilliant in-swinging cross gave BRNC the lifeline they needed and the equalizer, scored nearly ten minutes later, came from came from a well guided ball finished with a half volley from Officer Cadet Elliot Gorst.

The BRNC supporters made a huge difference for the team on the pitch as they faced the continued pressure of the University of Plymouth and it looked like the game would go into extra time with the score tied on 90 minutes, but in 1 minute into added time BRNC finally took the lead. A slick one two in the middle sent OC Gorst away on a decisive run and confident finish as he put the ball into the bottom left corner to complete the BRNC comeback.

Player manager Lt Dave Clark said: “I am delighted with the result. To come back from 2-0 down, every player displayed grit, determination and the strength of character to never give-up. The second half performance epitomized the fighting spirit we instil in every Officer Cadet that we train at BRNC. This proves that if you work together as a team you can achieve success.”

He added: “Thanks go to the 30-40 players that have represented BRNC FC this season. It has required commitment from each and every one of them to ensure we can play competitive football in parallel with an intense initial naval training programme.”

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