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Success for Disability Teams

27 May 2019

Sutton United's Disability teams enjoyed another great day this weekend, this time at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground as they followed up their runners-up position in the FA People's Cup by winning their first major trophy in the Premiership section of the Chelsea Foundation Disability Weekend Showcase.

There was an impressive lineup including two teams from Europe, Torino and FC Spielerpass, as well as English Premiership teams Brighton & Hove, AFC Bournemouth and Chelsea, so this was always going to be a tough tournament, but U's started where they left off at the recent People's Cup in fine form and comfortably went through winning group A without conceding a goal, beating Bradford 4-0, Chelsea 2-0, Fulham Mind 5-0 and drawing 0-0 with Lancing.

The semi-final against Norwich City was a very close game with Sutton not looking like conceding, but not creating that many chances either, but with a minute left the U's broke, Barry Phillips hit the post and the ball kindly fell to Shaun Mills who hammered the only goal of the game from close range sending the U's into their second final in May.The final was a rematch against a very strong Lancing team containing several Sussex FA County players, but started very well for the U's and the early pressure led to a goal from Barry Phillips. This unsettled the Lancing players who started to push forward leaving gaps all over the pitch, and Phillips took advantage to score an outstanding goal from long range. As Lancing pushed even more forward Ben Wilson won a challenge in the midfield and squared the ball to Ryan Ford to clinch the 3-0 success.The Sutton United Hunters Team also had a fantastic tournament only losing out to AFC Bournemouth in the League Semi Finals.

Head of Disability Football at Sutton United Steve King said: ''Wow! What a season. We are so proud of every single player who has played their part in the most successful season ever. All our teams have had outstanding seasons and adding Sutton United's name as one of the top teams in Disability Football has been truly amazing.''

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