Downderry travelled to the regional finals in Bristol trying to win a place at the national finals in the FA People’s Cup with a squad of 6. Turning up to compete in a 6 team event in warm conditions and with teams from Bournemouth to Bracknell and Cornwall involved it was always going to be a tough ask.
Downderry were down to play their Plymouth rivals in the first game and took a lead late on after a tidy turn and finish from captain for the day Lee Collins. They nearly held on for a win and much of that was down to veteran keeper Barrie Collings however Plymouth equalised very late on for a 1-1 draw. During the game George Pengelly picked up a knock which ruled him out of the rest of the tournament and leaving Downderry with no subs.
Narrow losses of 2-0 and 1-0 followed against Bristol and Bournemouth despite some resolute defending from Paul Doe and Kelvin Buckley and again keeper Collings playing a superb part.
Then following an incident between two other teams which led to them being removed from the tournament, Downderry were placed straight into the Semi finals.
This was a twenty minute game and with no subs and fatigue slowly creeping in the orange lads upped their game and despite being 2-0 down at half time were well in the game. This was till the last 5 minutes when the legs did finally pack in and a further 3 goals were scored but not to be outdone Mike Roberts had the last laugh by finishing off a good move to get one goal back.
Downderry therefore bowed out in the semi final stages but played in their normal spirit and kept their heads held high.
Man of tournament for Downderry was Barrie Collings who was superb throughout but a massive effort from all lads who went as well as a big thank you to our travelling army of fans the Collings family