Brighton breeze to cup triumph but Wasps do themselves justice

Brighton celebrate winning the Sussex FA Cup against Crawley Wasps, March 23 2017 (Photo: Simon Roe)

Brighton won the county cup for the third time in a row and 17th time in the competition’s 23-year history (Photo: Simon Roe)

Sussex County FA Women’s Cup final

Brighton 5 (Russo 7, 52; Natkiel 9; Somes 12; Olding 88)
Crawley Wasps 1 (Davies 41)

Same teams, different personnel; same result but a world of difference in the performance. Continue reading

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A bright future for Sussex Cup-winners – and green shoots of recovery for runners-up

Analysis: a look in more detail at the story behind last night’s Sussex Cup final

Action from Brighton v Chichester City, March 12 2015 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Brighton and Chichester City both ended up winners from their Sussex County Cup final (Photo: Dave Burt)

Everyone who plays Brighton, whether Watford from the Super League or Wivelsfield Green from the core of the grassroots pyramid, wants to be at full strength to give themselves the maximum opportunity against a slick passing side who never give anything but total commitment.

Chichester City (like many other teams this season) did not have that opportunity last night as they defended their Sussex County Cup title against the club they beat in last year’s final. Continue reading

Valiant Chichester shine in defeat as Brighton take back Sussex Cup

Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final: Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Blackie, Taylor) Chichester City 0

Vicky Ashton-Jones and Jay Blackie celebrate with the Sussex Cup, March 12 2015

Brighton won the cup for the 15th time in 21 years

Brighton avenged their shock defeat in last season’s Sussex County Cup final, overcoming a valiant and spirited Chichester City to win by a comfortable two-goal margin.

Yet it looked anything but comfortable for the Premier League side in the closing stages as their injury-hit opponents posed them all manner of problems and so very nearly scored the goal that would not only have been reward for their endeavours, but which, according to Brighton boss James Marrs, could have changed the complexion of the match. Continue reading

Underdog needs even bigger bite if Chichester are to retain cup against Brighton

Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final: Brighton & Hove Albion v Chichester City, March 12 (7.30pm)

Chichester  City celebrate winning the Sussex Women's Challenge Cup after beating Brighton in the final 3-0, March 13 2014

Chichester City shocked Brighton in dreadful conditions last season to win the Sussex Cup for the first time

Normally when cup holders reach the following season’s final they start as hot favourites, but nothing could be further from the truth when Chichester City defend their Sussex County Cup title on Thursday against Brighton, the team from whom they won it. Continue reading

Summit plans to lure clubs back into Sussex County Cup

Action from Wivelsfield Green v Brighton Oct 19 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Brighton have played only one game in reaching the semi-finals of the County Cup (Photo: Dave Burt)

Sussex FA is launching a charm offensive in an attempt to woo clubs back into the county’s top women’s cup competition.

In a move triggered in part by Lewes’s late pullout part-way through this season’s County Cup, administrators plan to meet as many representatives as possible of affiliated clubs to try to persuade them to participate in what they believe should be their principal knockout tournament. Continue reading

Lewes fined as County Cup debate heads for showdown talks

Action from Lewes Development v Portsmouth Development Sep 28 2014

Lewes pulled out of the County Cup to shield their young development players from possible humiliation against Brighton, says Jacquie Agnew

Lewes’s decision to pull out of the Sussex County Cup before their quarter-final clash with rivals Brighton has cost them a fine – and reopened the debate over the future of the competition. Continue reading

Davids eye upsets on big county cup weekend

League programmes make way as cups take centre stage – Sent Her Forward looks ahead to the top ties

Gillingham celebrate retaining the Kent County Cup in April 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham are the current holders of the Kent County Cup (Photo: Julian Hart)

It’s another big cup weekend around the South East, with second-round county-cup ties in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and Surrey. Continue reading