Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Benfica Women’s team who were crowned Cup champions on Sunday without kicking a ball in the final.

On Wednesday night last, the semi-finals of the Waterford Women’s League Cup took place.
After a cracking encounter the clash between Benfica and Tramore finished one goal apiece with Benfica booking their final place with a 3-1 win on penalties.
In the other semi-final League Champions Dungarvan United were far too strong for Carrick United as they ran out comfortable 6-1 victors.
This set up a much anticipated Cup Final, which was fixed for Sunday between double chasing Dungarvan United and league runners up Benfica but sadly it never happened.
Dungarvan were going into the match seeking their second successive League and Cup double and an historic treble for this season having also won the Munster Shield back in May.
However much to the disappointment of the League – and Benfica – Dungarvan conceded a walkover to their opponents just 24 hours before kick-off. An offer to delay kick off from 12pm to 1.30pm was not accepted by Dungarvan who re iterated their stance.
The decision was met with much disappointment and handed Benfica the cup and their first piece of silverware in seven seasons but not in the manner they would have wanted.
The WDWSL Committee announced on social media on Sunday morning that Dungarvan had given a walkover and as a result no match would be taking place.
Benfica posted the following on their Instagram account, “Such a disappointing end to the season. We hoped for a great day of football in Ozier Park, a game we were truly excited for after the unbelievable semi-final on Wednesday night. However, due to GAA fixtures, Dungarvan have declined to fulfil the fixture.
“A terrible end to a tremendous and exciting season. Thanks so much to each and every player who put in a huge effort all season, all of our supporters week in week out, our excellent management team, our hard working committee and finally our Sponsors The Hub Bar and Relate Care. We really appreciate all the time, effort and support.”
We contacted Dungarvan United for a comment but they have yet to respond.

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