Jack Owen Challenge Cup decided by penalty shootout

Above: FIVE-GOAL THRILLER: Action from Long Melford B's 5-0 quarter-final victory over Glemsford A on Tuesday
Above: FIVE-GOAL THRILLER: Action from Long Melford B's 5-0 quarter-final victory over Glemsford A on Tuesday

THE inaugural Jack Owen Challenge Cup dished up high drama right to the finish, with Wells Hall Primary School’s A team tasting victory in the final after a nail-biting penalty shootout against Long Melford A.

The tournament, launched this year for schools in the Sudbury area for Year Three and Four boys and girls to battle it out for the title of the best in the town, culminated at Woodhall Primary School on Tuesday.

A group-stage format had seen Long Melford, St Gregory’s, Wells Hall and Glemsford A and B teams, the latter two schools via a bye after heavy rain saw their leagues unable to finish, all progressing to the knockout stages this week.

The cup was named after Jack Owen, the current mayor of Sudbury who had agreed to sponsor the event and was on hand to present the trophies.

In the quarter finals, Long Melford A beat Wells Hall B 3-0, St Gregory’s A beat Glemsford B 2-1, while Long Melford B convincingly progressed against Glemsford A 5-0 while a slender 1-0 win was enough for Wells Hall A against St Gregory’s B.

In the semi finals Long Melford A booked their final place with a 3-1 victory over St. Gregory’s A while after a tense 1-1 draw Wells Hall A won 4-1 on penalties against Long Melford B.

In the final itself Long Melford A and Wells Hall A couldn’t be separated after the full-time whistle, with the scores 1-1, leading to a penalty shootout where Wells against prospered, winning 2-1 to lift the cup.

Organiser Tom Tawell, a year three and four teacher at Woodhall Primary School, said: “The tournament went exceptionally well and there was some excellent talent on display.”

He added the competition is something he hopes to continue next year.