Sealey can't stop Achilles winning cup

GAVIN Sealey gave one of the best goalkeeping displays seen at Portman Road for several years but he could not stop Achilles winning the Debenham Leisure Centre Suffolk Junior Cup 5-2 after extra time at Portman Road last night.

Elvin King

GAVIN Sealey gave one of the best goalkeeping displays seen at Portman Road for several years but he could not stop Achilles winning the Debenham Leisure Centre Suffolk Junior Cup 5-2 after extra time at Portman Road last night.

Old Newton's Sealey made a succession of eye-catching saves in an incident-filled game between two sides who will be playing senior football next season.

Newton won the Metaltec SIL Division One title, finishing one place ahead of Achilles, who showed plenty of enterprise and deserved to lift the trophy for the first time after netting three extra-time goals.


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A minute's silence was held before kick-off in memory of former Ipswich Town star John Elsworthy

Adam Rickwood, who scored twice in last season's final win for Newton, ran almost from the half-way line to round Martin Smith and score after five minutes.

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Michael Adams headed flush against the bar six minutes later before Sealey got into the act, superbly tipping over Robert Bucy's powerful header.

Sealey then denied Bucy and Adam Nuttall before Bucy found the precision to beat him after latching on to a through ball in the 36th minute.

The speedy Liam Hillyard set up Nuttall for a neat near-post 40th-minute finish to put Achilles ahead, only for Rickwood to get the better of a tussle with Gavin Allen and round Smith again for a Newton equaliser three minutes later.

After being outplayed for most of the opening period, Newton had control after the break as both teams tired.

In the eighth minute of extra-time, substitute Perry Arthur crossed for Hillyard to score off a defender.

Five minutes later Rickwood again went round Smith, but this time at a angle, and when he pulled the ball back, Aaron Shave saw his close-range shot headed off the line by Darren Jones.

It was a big turning point, and after Sealey had distinguished himself with a save from Bucy, Arthur struck the bar before Arthur squared for Hillyard to add a fourth Achilles goal in the 117th minute.

Down to 10 men with Jones injured, Achilles took advantage of some tired Newton legs to add a fifth at the start of stoppage time through Bucy.

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