FOOTBALL: Super-troopers Abba hit the high notes

Abba Athletic celebrate winning the Coronation Cup

Abba Athletic celebrate winning the Coronation Cup

First published in Sport

Abba Athletic lifted the Banbury District & Lord Jersey FA’s Coronation Cup with a 7-6 sudden-death penalty shoot-out win over Bishops Itchingdon in the final at Banbury United.

The game finished 1-1 after extra time, and the shoot-out reached 5-5, before Abba’s reserve keeper, Russell Johnson, pulled off a tremendous save.

Barry McConnell then stepped up to calmly slot in the winner.

It was a special moment for all those connected with Abba, and in particular for Tony Bagnall, who took over as chairman, secretary and groundsman after one of his sons, Robert, died in a road accident in November 1998.

Brothers Robert and Simon Bagnall, together with a group of friends, founded the club in 1997.

Abba had taken the lead after 15 minutes when Elliot Kernaghan struck from 25 yards.

They were reduced to ten men in the 55th minute when Tom Hartley was sent off for a second booking.

Goalkeeper John Drew made two fantastic saves as Abba held on until four minutes into time added on, when Ben French equalised.

Drew went off in the first half of extra time due to injury, and Bishops Itchingdon were reduced to ten men in the second period when Tom Cooper was sent off.

With no further scoring, it was Abba who won in the shoot-out.

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