PHC plan to spoil party against unbeaten Somerset in Women’s KO Cup final
Somerset Trojans Big Ballers and PHC will do battle in the Women’s League Knockout Final at the Flora Duffy Stadium tonight, starting at 7pm.
Somerset are the favourites going into the final, having remained unbeaten on the way to clinching the league title.
They cruised to a comfortable 3-0 in the first meeting between the two perennial rivals.
However, PHC have gone from strength to strength since and managed to hold their rivals to a goalless draw in the last meeting.
Somerset advanced to the final with a 2-0 win over Dandy Stars in the semi-final at BFA Field on Tuesday night to keep their league and cup hopes alive.
Dandy Stars were at a disadvantage having played the entire match with ten players.
PHC received a free pass into the final after their semi-final opponents, Footy Queens, forfeited the match as they were unable to field a team.
Danvers Seymour Jr, the Somerset coach, says his charges are up for the match but are not taking their opponents for granted.
“We have had a good start to the campaign as far as winning the league title and all that,” he told The Royal Gazette. ”But PHC have grown from Game 1 to now and it’s not going to be an easy match.
“The first game we won 3-0 and the second was a 0-0 draw so they have been growing throughout the season. They are a hard competitor and will be well rested and ready to run going in, so respect is due.
“I don’t look too much into what’s happened before. We have to play them again and play to our best.
“PHC have a good team and good coaches so it’s going to be a competitive match and we look to do our best and put our best foot forward.”
Omar Shakir, the PHC coach, says his players are keen to secure some silverware and hand the league champions a first loss of the season.
“Somerset are the league champions so we are the underdogs in this one,” he said. “But we are coming in to punch above our weight and hopefully spoil and upset the party.”
Shakir also expects another tough outing against their rivals.
“It’s definitely going to be a tight game and a good game for the spectators, no doubt,” he added.
“Both times we have played Somerset it was tough. But I felt our team got a bit better each time we played them so hopefully that trend continues and we can give an even better performance.
“It’s going to be a tough opposition but the ladies are up for it and looking to make their mark in the league by adding a trophy to the cabinet.”
The Women’s Knockout Cup final will precede the Under-23 League Knockout final pitting BAA against Somerset to begin at 9pm.