WATCH: Super Sylvans deny Saints’ treble party

FOOTBALL at its best.

Red rule: Sylvans players begin their FA Cup celebrations.
 (Picture by Martin Gray, 29650801)
Red rule: Sylvans players begin their FA Cup celebrations. (Picture by Martin Gray, 29650801)

All-action, tension to the very last and a surprisingly large, sun-kissed crowd at the Corbet Field to see Sylvans crowned Guernsey FA Cup champions for the second time and with a 3-2 win in the process deny St Martin’s a league and cup treble.

Amid a champagne raid by skipper Miles Pengelley, coach Martyn de Garis heralded a great squad effort to end an unexpectedly fine season for his young Westeners.

‘I think we deserved it with the performances we have put in over the season and deserved some silverware,’ said a coach who admitted he was nervous when, deep into stoppage time and with Saints still threatening extra-time, they attacked again.

Jacques Le Gallez hit a brilliant effort and only a stunning fingertip save from Nick Batiste saw them home.

‘Top drawer save to keep us in it,' de Garis said.

‘I thought we were in control of the first half and the only shot they had was the penalty in the 46th minute. We dominated it and could have been three or four up.’

Leon Meakin, the Saints coach, was magnanimous to agree the better side won, while at the same time praised his men for a spirited fight back.

‘A step too far for us. I thought Sylvans played really well and it took us a while to get into the game and by the time we did it was too late.

‘Yes, we missed Ben Coulter but Eti Le Prevost, too, he turns over so many balls and two changes in midfield from our normal three was probably too much.

‘But we are happy with the season.

‘We got better and better as the game went on, but we didn’t really have the depth from the bench to make the changes we normally would have in those deeper positions.’

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