The Redbacks beat Peel 3 -2 in extra time to make history for the club, winning its first ever Challenge Cup in the Willow Bridge League. The Challenge Cup is played mid season with the two top teams fighting it out. With the rivalry between Peel and the Redbacks, the game was set to be a blockbuster.
In the first half Peel applied a lot of pressure with the Redbacks finding it difficult to play their own game. There were patches of good play by both sides, but the pressure being applied did not allow either to make any substantial attack on goal until Peel won a short corner that they converted. Shortly after Peels goal the Redbacks responded when Nick Gerrard received the ball out wide, beating two Peel players, and driving to the base line just inside the scoring circle. He drove a scorching ball towards the goal giving Peel’s defenders no choice in trying to defend the attack, resulting in them deflecting the ball past their own goalie.
The second half started with a similar pattern of play until Shaun Ford managed to get himself free at the top of the scoring circle, receiving a pass and wining the short corner. The short corner was converted with a strong drag flick from Christian Oscam. Peel then managed to win a short corner for themselves, which they converted into a goal within the last 10 minutes of the game. This evened up the score two all, with the game needing to go into extra time to decide the winner.
Extra time is made up of two 7½-minute halves with the first team that scores winning the game, known as a golden goal.
During the break Coach Neville Ford asked the team to stand up and not let the game slip through their grasp, and with Captain Bryan Taylor, encouraged the team to lift there intensity to finish the game on top. The Redbacks started with the ball and immediately attacked with Peel under serious pressure for a number of minutes. The ball did not pass the half way line with attack after attack ending in a short corner being awarded 3 minutes into extra time. The Redbacks executed a variation to their normal short corner, which completely baffled Peel’s defence leaving Nick Gerrard an easy flick into the top of the net wining the game.