Norfolk Junior Cup final: Catfield 4, Mundford 1
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
Adam Thompson and Chad Pillar bagged two goals apiece as Catfield lifted the Norfolk Junior Cup for the first time at rain-lashed Carrow road last night.
The Yarmouth Saturday League side's deadly duo struck to claim the trophy their long-serving manager Peter Self had described as 'the Holy Grail.'
Thompson sparked a turnaround in fortunes for the Cats, who had been outplayed by the Anglian Combination Division Two runners-up, when he netted with virtually the last kick of the first half.
A low drive from Bodie Carter which rippled the side-netting in the 28th minute had been the Ormesby-based outfit's only effort on goal, until Thompson moved smoothly on to a slide-rule pass and calmly rolled the ball past keeper Joseph Clements.
The Brecklanders, appearing in their first final since 1958, had dominated from the outset and were good value for their 1-0 lead courtesy of a strike from their outstanding player Ben Coe. The busy forward, later to be red-carded for a second yellow card for a foul in the dying seconds, netted with a low angled drive from outside the box in the 26th minute. Buoyed by Thompson's strike, beaten 2007 finalists Catfield were a team transformed after the break and when he netted his second with an instinctive volley from a ball floated into the box by Aaron Bowers three minutes after the restart they took control. The prolific Pillar, a subdued and isolated figure in the first half, came alive when the ball broke kindly in the penalty area, dancing around the keeper to slot home in the 72nd minute and rifled home his second after a headed flick-on from Thompson 10 minutes later.