Valkyrs take cup in top-two showdown

Wi-Manx Men's Cup winners Paragon Valkyrs in joyous mood after Saturday's final at the National Sports Centre

Wi-Manx Men's Cup winners Paragon Valkyrs in joyous mood after Saturday's final at the National Sports Centre

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IOMA Bacchas and Paragon Valkyrs met for the second Saturday in a row, this time to determine which team would take the Wi-Manx Men’s Cup Final.

Following the previous week’s surprisingly goalless encounter between the two sides, which enabled Bacchas to take the Men’s Premier League on goal difference for the second season in a row, both sides wanted the cup trophy on their own shelves.

A full-strength Bacchas faced up to a Valkyrs side somewhat depleted in numbers from the previous week - with Ste Lowe having returned to university, and Julian Colley off island.

Surprisingly, the westerners approached the fast-paced game with only one substitute.

The action started straight from the pushback. Alex Bell gave the Tromode side an early lead after exactly one minute and 27 seconds.

Bacchas seemed to have much of the best of the first 10 minutes, before a Russ Miller goal, scored through his own legs, evened the scoring up after 12 minutes.

Valkyrs seemed to grow in stature steadily during the game. Pushing Greg Miller forward from the back line half way through the first half paid dividends in allowing the westerners to play their own game.

Into the second half, with the scores level, the sense of frustration by both teams was demonstrated by a few overly-physical tackles in what was generally a good-natured game. Chris Caldwell and Jamie Brown both received a short sin-bin from solid umpires John McCarrick and Jonah Hull.

Ten minutes into the second half it was Neill Jacobs who set up the shot that proved to be critical in determining the result. His own shot deflected from goalkeeper Greg Turner, but was deftly picked up at the right post by Vic Ferns who duly smashed it into the backboard.

A solid performance from Valkyrs, who seemed to have the vast percentage of possession in the game, and were deserved winners on the day, although they will remain ruing the loss of the league to Bacchas last week.

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