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Albion Blind defeated in cup final

16 June 2019

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Albion Blind’s pursuit of a second trophy this season ended in a 2-0 defeat against Merseyside in the FA Blind Cup at St George’s Park.

In a tense game which was a fantastic endorsement for blind football, the north-west outfit started on the front foot, but the scores stayed level thanks to some smart stops from Albion goalkeeper, Dylan Malpas.

The sides went into the half-time break all square, however it only took a matter of minutes for Merseyside to take the lead shortly into the second half.

Captain for the Liverpool team, Roy Turnham, scored an impressive solo goal ending in a low finish under Malpas to give his side the lead.

Albion attempted to bounce back through talisman Darren Harris.

His weaving run was ended abruptly, brought down in the penalty area, however his resulting effort from the spot was saved to keep the score at 1-0.

Albion pressed as the second-half wore on and were thankful to ‘keeper Malpas for some reflex saves to keep the game within reach.

The Baggies’ opponents put the game to bed in the final moments as Azeem Amir doubled the lead for the men in purple.

After the game, Head Coach Paul Glover was reflective in defeat.

“It is disappointing but there’s a lot of learning there. We’ve had two younger players make their debut today so that’s really beneficial moving forward,” said Paul.

“We’re all about player development here, we’re really excited for the future and hopefully next year we can come back and make things right,” he said.

Albion didn’t go away empty handed though, being presented with the Brian Aarons trophy from their victory in April.

For more information regarding Albion Blind, please email paul.glover@albionfoundation.co.uk.


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