It was a chilly morning in Minehead as our U9s took the field on their cup finals day.

Wellington started off strongly, with Jack Jorge finding the back of the net within the first five minutes to give the Wanderers an early lead.

But Ruishton wasn’t going to go down without a fight, and they quickly answered with an equalizer of their own on the counterattack.

The two teams battled it out, with Wellington dominating possession but failing to capitalise on their chances.

Goalkeeper Tom Kennen came up with some crucial saves to keep the score level.

After a hard-fought 1-1 draw, the match went to penalties to decide the winner. In the end, Ruishton came out on top, winning the shootout 2-1 to advance to the cup final.

Wellington then took on Staplegrove in the third place playoff, and despite playing some lovely football, they fell victim to a thunderous 20-yard strike which gave Staplegrove the win in a game neither team really wanted to play.

It wasn’t the result the Wellington boys were hoping for, but there are certainly lessons to be learned from this experience including that no one player wins a game – it takes a true team effort. The Wanderers may have come up short today, but their time will come.

A big shoutout to the kit sponsor Roadchef and the jacket sponsor R&M Motor for their support.

Better luck next time, lads!