Hat trick success for Fitzwilliam men's football
A momentous week for English football clubs featured a thrilling success for Fitzwilliam.
After Liverpool and Tottenham mounted comebacks to see off Barcelona and Ajax and reach the Champions League final, Fitzwilliam’s men’s first team thwarted a valiant effort from Pembroke to win the final of Cuppers for a third year in a row.
Fitzwilliam lost right winger Jamie Gawith to a dislocated elbow after 15 minutes and took the lead after 30 minutes through Rufus Saunders, only for Pembroke to equalise with 15 minutes remaining of the Friday 10 May final at Cambridge University Rugby Club, Grange Road.
But goals from Joe Ellis and Max Burrows in the second additional period earned Fitzwilliam a 12th Cuppers final and the double, after a record seventh CUAFC Premier League title triumph.
It was their second league and cup double in three years and it was fitting that Ellis and Saunders scored in their final games for Fitzwilliam.
After a 6-1 defeat of Girton in the 2018 final, relief was the overriding emotion in 2019.
“We weren’t complacent but we weren’t expecting it to be that difficult,” captain Max said.
“Everyone was expecting us to win. We won 6-1 last year and were 5-0 up at half-time.
“When they equalised everyone watching was like ‘what’s going on?’
“It was such a tense game. It was more a relief in the end that we won. It was a fantastic feeling.”
Fitzwilliam squad: Adib Badri (GK); Hector Cox, Jake Marshall, Ellis Birch, Tom Young; Jamie Gawith (Ben Shires, 15 minutes), Joe Ellis, Joe Young, Sean Peedle (Matt Hill, 90); Rufus Saunders, Max Burrows. Subs not used: Jared Butters, Caolan McConnaughie, Joe Everest (GK).