Published 17 May 2019
It was de ja vu on Monday in the NPLFA Grand Final when both Matlock Town cohorts could not be separated for the second time in three days and penalties were needed to decided who would come out as Champions of the NPL Football Academy for 2018/19 and lift the ‘Jordan Burndred Memorial Trophy’
With both teams in the final, it was guaranteed that Matlock Town would become NPLFA Champions after finishing as runners-up the previous two seasons with both teams showing outstanding form in the regular season finishing as divisional winners in their respective leagues.
The Blues went into the game full of confidence after lifting the NPLFA Cup days previous whilst the Whites were looking to avenge the penalty shootout defeat to claim their first silverware in the programme.
As true to form, the game was a tight affair with little chances created over the ninety minutes and the 0-0 scoreline was a fair result on a nervous night for all students.
Those nerves were to accelerate when both teams faced penalties once again. Alex Buttery the hero on Friday night once again produced a save at 3-2 to the Blues which allowed Lucas Brough the opportunity to make his team the Champions, which he took, sparking wild celebrations that mirrored Friday’s Cup final.
It was heartbreak for the Whites who will look to come back stronger next season. For the Blues it topped off a successful two years on the pitch for many of them with two divisional shields, back to back NPLFA Cup winners and finally becoming NLPFA Champions to look back upon.
A huge thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Final, your contribution on the turnstile raised a fantastic £285 for the ‘Jordan Burnered Memorial Fund’ which also saw Jordan’s sister Daisy present her brothers trophy to the Blues.
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