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Jersey win Muratti on penalties

Stuart Andre lifts the Muratti Vase
Stuart Andre captained Jersey for the first time in the Muratti

Jersey defeated Guernsey 4-2 on penalties to retain the Muratti Vase after the teams drew 1-1 at the end of extra-time.

Substitute Liam Walshe scored the decisive spot-kick for Jersey after Guernsey missed twice.

An opportunist goal from Glyn Dyer against the run of play had put Guernsey ahead just before half-time.

But a second-half injury-time equaliser from Jack Boyle forced extra-time, where the teams could not be separated.

Guernsey have won just one of the last seven Muratti finals - beating Jersey on penalties in 2005 - and were forced to overcome the loss of influential captain Matt Warren with a hamstring injury after just 12 minutes.

The first-half was scrappy affair until the Greens gained the edge through Dyer.

The second half proved to be a much more open with both teams creating opportunities, including a disallowed goal for Guernsey.

I think the fans got their money's worth today

Jersey manager Dave Kennedy

Dyer's strike looked to have secured victory, but man-of-the-match Boyle equalised with a cleverly curled shot that whipped into the corner of the net.

No sooner had Jersey equalised than Sarnian Ross Allan was denied a certain goal by Jimmy Styles.

When 30 minutes of extra-time failed to split the teams the Muratti was decided on penalties for the second season in a row.


Jersey manager Dave Kennedy told BBC Radio Jersey:
"Before the game both Steve [Ogier] and I said we wanted an eventful game, good entertainment.

"I think certainly the fans got their money's worth today."

Guernsey boss Steve Ogier on his third straight Muratti defeat:
"Both sides, I think, could have won it in extra-time.

"But all in all, again the wrong side of a penalty shoot-out for us."




see also
Kennedy 'exhausted' after victory
06 May 08 |  Football
Guernsey soothe seven-year itch
08 May 08 |  Football
Kennedy confident of Muratti win
02 May 08 |  Football
Guernsey boss not feeling strain
01 May 08 |  Football
Jersey cruise in Muratti warm-up
28 Apr 08 |  Football
Greens lose final Muratti warm up
28 Apr 08 |  Football
Top referee gives Muratti advice
29 Apr 08 |  Football


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