AFC Boars leave it late in a dramatic cup final victory

AFC Boars won the Steve Norwood Challenge Cup.
AFC Boars won the Steve Norwood Challenge Cup.

AFC Boars 5
 Flaunden 1 (AET)

AFC Boars completed the second part of a possible quadruple as they saw off Flaunden 5-1 after extra-time in the Steve Norwood Challenge Cup final.

Boars started well, and were awarded a penalty after 10 minutes which Curtis Donaldson duly converted to give his side the lead.

The same player could have had a second from a 30-yard free kick, but for an excellent save from Flaunden keeper Dan Nash.

Flaunden were always a threat from set pieces, and they equalised early in the second half from an in-swinging corner.

Both teams had chances but Boars were dealt a blow with 15 minutes to go when goalkeeper Adam Cullinane went off injured – with captain and centre-half Robin Miller taking his place in goal.

However, substitute Jay Austin soon made his mark, scoring Boars’ second from a corner in the second period of extra-time.

Fellow sub Sonny French then made the game safe with a third, before the move of the match resulted in Austin putting through Donaldson for his second.

And with two minutes of extra-time left Jamie Hall completed the scoring to make it 5-1.

Boars now switch their attention to the league knowing that three points from their remaining four fixtures will give them the BSFL Premier Division title for the first time since 2008.