March 30th saw the culmination of the St Albans District cubs football season with the final rounds of the Salwey cup which, dating back to 1922, is one of the oldest youth cup competitions in the country.
In their semi-final Impeesa were up against the 5/13th St Albans who had pipped them to 2nd place in the league, and so a tight game was predicted and so it proved to be with just one goal separating the teams – thankfully scored by Impeesa!
With this 1-0 win under their belts, Impeesa went into the final against runaway league leaders the 2nd St Albans who had won all their league games by at least 3 goals and had won the other semi-final 6-1. Not to be intimidated, Impeesa started strongly and were unfortunate not to score in the first few minutes before the game settled into an ebb and flow with chances for both sides, and the watching crowd was treated to an exciting game. However, it was the 2nd with the more clinical finishing who went into the half time break 1-0 up.
With the cup at stake, Impessa came out for the second half in determined fashion and had the chances to draw level but, needing to commit players forward, they were always open to the counter attack and it was the 2nd who scored the next, and last, goal of the match and finished as 2-0 winners.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on the trophy, Impeesa could look back on a good season with their runners-up cup medals, 3rd place finish in the league and, not to forget, their first place finish as District six-a-side champions in the pre-season tournament.
Well done to all the boys!