Christ’s had made a stunning comeback against Pembroke in the semi-finals, battling their way from 3-1 down to win 4-3 after taking it to extra time, but they failed to repeat this performance on Sunday when they took on Fitz in the final. After cruising to a 4-0 win against Churchill in the semis, Fitz were brimming with confidence and sailed to a comfortable 3-2 victory.
It was Fitz in control from the off, after a penalty gave Danny Kerrigan a chance to take them into the lead after only a few minutes. Christ’s bit back with equal pressure and for much of the first half there was little between the two teams, until Donald Bogle managed to head the ball home for Fitz after a cross from the right. With ten minutes until half-time, Christ’s were looking as though they were going to head into the break at a two goal deficit. Then, to the joy of the raucous Christ’s supporters, Steven Harrison managed to float a curling ball just over the fingertips of the Fitz ‘keeper, making it 2-1 just seconds before the whistle.
Christ’s came out rejuvenated in the second half, but their disadvantage was quickly compounded by a red card for Jordan Cracknell. Danny Kerrigan wasted no time in taking Fitz even further ahead by using the free kick to make it 3-1.
With tension rising throughout the remainder of the game, Fitz seemed determined to widen the gap as much as possible, Paul Hartley and Danny Kerrigan remaining relentless in attack. Graham Cade continued a solid performance in goal however, and Fitz’s strikes were kept at bay.
As the minutes counted down the result appeared to be a foregone conclusion, but a penalty, put away by Owen Morgan, gave Christ’s hope. The last few minutes were a scramble for both teams, but Fitz were able to hold on to their lead finish the game 3-2 ahead.