Coogee United in Historic ESFA Cup Victory
Last night CUFC completed the trophy cabinet by winning the ESFA Men’s Cup for the first time in the history of the club.
Up against a determined Dunbar side, who are top of the Sunday league competition, Coogee flew out of the blocks. It was clear from the off that the pace out wide from both Max and Nic was going to create opportunities. Cummins and Anto were providing the movement up top and Dunbar were struggling to get any time on the ball from the pressure across the park.
A delicious diagonal ball from Bren found Cummins who’s half volley flew into the back of the net to give a deserved lead to the boys in black and white.
Chances continued to come and Max was unlucky not to double the lead after a great cut back from Anto. The back four of Bren, Si, Brian and Macca were dealing with anything thrown their way as Dunbar looked to try and turn the big lads.
The second didn’t take long to arrive though as Nic stormed onto a fine through ball, outpaced the defenders and calmly slotted the ball home.
A fantastic team move almost led to a third as Ricky was unlucky not to quite reach the final ball. In doing so he pulled his hammy so it was time for Davey Muir to enter the battle. He slotted in very nicely and even managed to grab the third after another tasty move down the left wing.
Dunbar were unlucky not to grab one back just before half time as the big lad in the middle tried his luck from 30 yards only for the cross bar to deny. 3-0 at half time and half a job very well done.
In truth the second half was a bit of stalemate as Coogee took the sting out of the game. Deano was owning the midfield with countless tackles and starting a number of forward moves. Veterans Weldrick and Sheehan came on with youngish Dolly and after good work from all three Nic was able to grab his second after a decent initial save from the keeper.
Dunbar were given a late penalty and took advantage to grab a deserved consolation goal. Congrats on reaching the final to Dunbar, especially without conceding a goal through the whole competition. Another titanic battle between the two clubs.
The celebrations were fairly large post game and of course we raised another glass to Eamonn who we hope was watching from the grandstand up in the sky.
FT score: CUFC 4-1 Dunbar
Scorers: Nic x2, Cummins, Muir
MOM: Deano for running the midfield show