Singh Sabha Slough lift Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup after tense penalty shoot-out

Singh Sabha 1-1 Old Windsor (Sabha win 4-3 on penalties)

Singh Sabha Slough survived a nervy penalty shoot-out to claim the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup after being reduced to ten men in regular time against Old Windsor on Friday.

The scores were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and despite trailing 3-1 in the shootout, Sabha turned things around to claim the cup with a 4-3 win, owing much to ‘keeper Andrei Tonca who saved three Old Windsor penalties, as well as scoring his own.

There was nothing to separate the sides during normal time as Pritpal Raju’s 20th minute penalty was cancelled out quickly by Old Windsor with a towering header and neither side could find the winner despite Sabha playing the majority of the second half with ten men after Raju was dismissed with two bookings.

The lottery of penalties was the means to decide the silverware, and despite all their hard work to keep the scores level with ten men, Sabha looked like their numbers were not going to be called as they missed two of their first three penalties. Old Windsor capitalised to move into a commanding 3-1 lead in the shoot-out, but Sabha ‘keeper Tonca turned the shootout around with two stunning saves to take things to sudden death.

Full of confidence Tonca stepped up and snuck his penalty in off the post before making his third stop in the shootout to hand Sabha the silverware.