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  • THE AMMIES BEAT PORTSMOUTH 4-2 ON PENALTIES TO HOLD THE PAPA JOHNS TROPHY, AT LEAST FOR A SHORT WHILE


    Salford City FC


    After what was a goalless first and second half and an equally goalless extra time, the final in the race to lift the coveted 2020 EFL (Papa Johns Trophy) which was postponed last year due to Covid, came down to the wire and a nerve-racking penalty shootout between the two teams in what has been dubbed by the EFL as its Wembley Weekender.

    Portsmouth were first to take a shot at the goalmouth but the ball went wide and right after leaving Ryan Williams Foot.

    Luke Burgess stepped up for the Ammies and sank the first goal of the match into the bottom right of the net from his left foot from a conversion.

    Another miss for Portsmouth as Ronan Curtis fluffed his chance to even up with a shot to the bottom right which was saved by the Salford keeper.

    Another goal for Salford as Emmanuel Dieseruvwe hit dead centre of the goal from a right footed shot, placing the Ammies 2 up.

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    Finally Portsmouth manage to find the back of the net after Lee Brown converts the penalty with a cracking shot from the left foot which saw the ball find the top left corner of the goal.

    Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) converted what would become Salford's 3rd goal from a penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

    Portsmouth were quick to respond as Sean Raggett converted the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner of the goal.

    But nothing could stop Salford now as Jason Lowe found the back of the net with a right foot shot which landed in the top left hand corner, securing the win for his team and ensuring that the trophy is now in the hands of Salford, at least for a short time (24 Hours) until it is handed over to the 2021 winners tomorrow.

    Tomorrows match between Tranmere and Sunderland will decided who holds it next.

    Photo: Salford FC






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