A plethora of footballers and spectators congregated at Garon Park for the Lion’s Cup tournament, with Waltham Abbey edging out Colchester Deaf in the final following a penalty shoot-out.
The competition was a PAN disability football event that brought together the best athletes from around the Essex Soccability Area and included Lancaster Lions FC, JRM Soccability, Canvey Island, Maldon Saints, Basildon, Waltham Abbey, Colchester Deaf team and Hamble Pan who had travelled from Southampton to take part.
A number of the regions Disability Football Club’s were represented, with the crowd treated to some entertaining and competitive matches.
JRM Soccabilty’s Riley Boxall claimed the individual honours, scoring five of his sides’ nine goals against Canvey Island. Waltham Abbey’s triumph followed a tense goalless draw.
Speaking to Yellow Sport, JRM goalkeeper and player/manager Steve Lovell said: “It was great to get back to what we enjoy the best playing against other teams after training for the last three months.
“We have players of varying abilities and entered three teams into the Lions cup this year, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
“We have a good relationship with Lancaster Lions and enjoyed playing in a well-organised tournament.”
Lancaster Lions FC manager, Simon Best added: “The Lions Cup is a culmination of hard work and dedication shown by the players, support and fans of the Lancaster Lions Football Club.
“The event enables our players to compete on a level playing field despite their challenges and difficulties. We aim to play in a fun, enjoyable and exciting way and continually strive to be our very best.
“I cannot be more proud of the effort shown by our players, they leave everything on the field and never give up. I want to thank every club that took part in the event and the Southend-On-Sea Lions Charity for giving us a platform to deliver disability football.”
Meanwhile, Lancaster Lions skipper, Brighton Chitorera said: “Well
done to the Lions and all the teams who took part in Saturday’s Lions Cup on a spectacular day at Garon Park.
“You should all be proud of yourselves. It doesn’t matter about winning, losing or drawing, it’s all about taking part, having a lovely time and playing with your friends and making new friends. Well done to you all.”