First trophy in 25 years is no good for the heart

United Services celebrate at Fratton Park. Picture: Allan Hutchings
United Services celebrate at Fratton Park. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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united services boss Bob Brady admitted his side’s Portsmouth Senior Cup triumph was bad for his heart-rate.

The Sailors needed extra-time before seeing off 10-man Moneyfields 4-3.

‘My heart-rate was up around 114, pacing up the touchline at the end,’ said Brady.

‘But that is our season in a nutshell.

‘One minute we can play some terrific stuff.

‘And then give away stupid stuff.

‘We’ve been like that all season.

‘When we keep the ball and play it on the ground we can be as good as anybody.

‘We had the game won in normal time but just couldn’t defend.’

The pattern was set from the start with the Sailors making their physical presence felt.

They led through Perry Easton at the break.

However, Rob Evans replied for favourites Moneys.

The game turned in favour of the Wessex one outfit, when Jordan Fancey was sent off and Paul Stanley converted the penalty.

Jack Lee forced extra-time with a late blow for Moneys but, a man short, they suffered in extra-time.

Services went 4-2 up through Paul Stanley, with his second, and Russ Stanley.

But even then Moneys reduced their deficit through George Gregory, making it nervy.

Brady added: ‘It’s all about game management and we just don’t know how to see games out.

‘In extra-time we killed them off with two goals but even then they kept coming at us and could have taken it to penalties at the death.

‘It is great for us, however, because it is our first trophy in 25 years.’

Calvin Hore, joint manager of Moneys for the cup run, with Paul Gregory, was disappointed.

It was a second successive final loss for Moneyfields, beaten by Horndean in 2011

Hore said: ‘We gave it a good go but once again we lose out in a cup final.

‘We finished strongly but it was all a little bit too late.

‘The turning point came with the penalty decision and the sending off, which we thought was very harsh.

‘We refused to give up and we made United Services work for their win.

‘Even though United Services deserved it, we still had the best two chances of the game in the dying minutes of extra-time.’

Hore paid tribute to 37-year-old Michael Birmingham, who belied his years with an outstanding display in midfield.

The Moneys boss said: ‘Birmingham is a different class.

‘He always leads by example. He never stopped working.’