This year’s Final will be a Coventry derby, as Ambush Football Club take on their city neighbours Coventry Empire Football Club in the competition’s showpiece.
Launched for the 1987/88 season, the Sunday Vase is a trophy that neither side has lifted in both clubs’ respective history, meaning that the result of Sunday’s Final will guarantee a brand-new holder for the Sunday team competition.
Ambush entered the competition at the second-round stage, having been granted a bye in the first. A 4-1 win over Halfway was followed up with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Sutton Tuns, which set up a Quarter-Final tie with Pheasy. With the score level at 1-1, that tie was decided by penalties; with Ambush edging into the Semi-Finals with a 5-4 win. Another dominant win (10-1) against Stone Cross Sporting secured a place for Ambush in this year’s Final.
Coventry Empire, on the other hand, were forced to go to penalties twice on their road to the Final. A 3-1 win over AFC Sheldon in the First Round was followed up with a home walkover for the tie against AFC Northfield United in the Second Round. A huge 11-0 win in the third round against SJB Juniors was the biggest victory enjoyed by Coventry Empire en route to the Final, with Hundred Acre the team’s opponents in the Quarter-Final. After a 1-1 draw, Empire emerged 5-3 winners on penalties, leading to a Semi-Final encounter with Farmhouse Beacon. Despite six goals (three apiece) scored in that game, the sides couldn’t be separated in normal time, leading to a second consecutive shoot-out for Coventry Empire, which they would win 5-4 to seal a place in Sunday’s Final.
With two teams capable of scoring goals, the Sunday Vase Competition Final promises to be an exciting, action-packed Final.