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Cup Triumph For Relegated Planters

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Norwich United have ensured a miserable campaign, suffering relegation from the Bostik League South, but they have ended it on a bit of a high after winning the Norfolk County Sennir Cup at the seventh attempt.

The Planters overcame Thurlow Nunn League Division One side Downham Town 4-2 after extra-time at Norwich City`s Carrow Road on Monday night.

It didn`t start well for United though as Downham took the lead after only 3 minutes through Ben Baxter-Hunt.

It took United until the 41st minute to level when Sonny Carey converted Nathan Stewart’s cross.

And they almost added a second shortly afterwards, but a Stewart chip came back off the crossbar.

But a minute before the break, United did take the lead when Carey again made room and fired home.

Downham upped their game in the second half and dominated most of it without making the final ball count.

That was until the 69th minute when Simon Bird did without a final ball by firing home from 25-yards into bottom corner.

The final went to extra-time, and 13 minutes in, the Planters restored their lead with a fine curling free-kick from Stewart.

Six minutes later, Downham`s chances diminished when they had Pat Yates dismissed for a second bookable offence.

And United made sure it was they who would lift the trophy with a fourth goal in the 111th minute when Liam Jackson converted another Stewart cross.


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