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FC United win the Fenix Trophy in Rimini

FC United are the winners of the inaugural Fenix Trophy after beating Prague Raptors 2-0 at the Stadio Romeo Neri in Rimini with goals from Ali Waddecar and Joe Duckworth.

Both goals came in the first half as the Reds put in a professional performance to beat the Group A winners.

Waddecar broke the deadlock from close range after around 10 minutes. Man of the match Joe Duckworth broke free on the right and sent a low cross in for Waddecar at the near post and he slotted home to break the deadlock in what is expected to be his last game for the club.

Just over 10 minutes later, Duckworth went close to doubling the lead. Right-back Michael Donohue exploited the space down the wing again and crossed for Duckworth who’s header flew just wide.

Duckworth was putting in a fine performance and got his goal five minutes before half-time. Regan Linney worked his way to the by-line and crossed from the left for Duckworth to steer the ball home for 2-0. 

United were looking comfortable and despite working hard throughout the match the Raptors rarely troubled goalkeeper Dan Lavercombe, who only had to make one save before being replaced by understudy Ryan Hamer.

With the temperature hitting 28 degrees, it was unsurprising that the Reds were content to control the game without probing forward too often in the second half.

Whilst the game petered out to some extent on the pitch, there was still plenty of joy and celebration in the stadium as the 400 or so FC United fans who had made the journey ran through their extensive repertoire to serenade the only British club to win European honours this season. 

It was a fitting end to captain Michael Potts’ time at FC United as he lifted the Fenix Trophy in his farewell game. Potts has decided to take a break from football after dedicating his life to that game. He’s undoubtedly been a credit to the club and off the pitch during his four years at Broadhurst Park.

Man of the match: Joe Duckworth. A lively performance deservedly produced a goal and an assist. 

First Posted ~ 23:03 Sat 11 Jun 2022
News ID ~ 9319
Last Updated ~ 16:13 Wed 22 Jun 2022