Birmingham County FA’s Sunday Vase Competition Final Will Be A Coventry Derby, As Ambush Football Club Take On Coventry Empire On Sunday 28 April.

Birmingham County FA’s Walter Goodman Stadium in Great Barr hosts its second County Cup final in the space of two days on Sunday 28 April, aS the headquarters plays host to the 2019 Sunday Vase Competition Final, kicking-off at 11.00am.

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.

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