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
Analysis: a look in more detail at the story behind last night’s Sussex Cup final
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
Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final: Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Blackie, Taylor) Chichester City 0
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
Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final: Brighton & Hove Albion v Chichester City, March 12 (7.30pm)
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
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 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
League programmes make way as cups take centre stage – Sent Her Forward looks ahead to the top ties
It’s another big cup weekend around the South East, with second-round county-cup ties in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and Surrey. Continue reading