We had two upsets in the CSSA Over-30 State Cup Semi-Finals since both favourites to reach the Final were eliminated!
Danbury United 0, Club Napoli 0 -- after extra time. Club Napoli won 3-2 on penalty kicks. (at Tunxis Mead, Farmington)
Bristol Italians 2, Norwalk Mariners 3 (at University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport)
These scores have not been confirmed by the CSSA yet.
Danbury United versus Club Napoli was 0-0 after 90 minutes regulation time and the 30 minutes of extra time. The game still remained tied after the first five penalties and then it went to "sudden death" penalty kicks. Club Napoli scored their sixth penalty kick, but Danbury United's sixth penalty kick was saved.
In the other semi-final Norwalk Mariners were leading 2-0 at half-time, but Bristol Italians stormed right back, tying the game 2-2 within the first 15 minutes of the second half. Bristol continued to push and thought they had scored again, but it was disallowed following a close offside call. The game continued to have drama. With only 10 minutes remaining the Mariners were awarded a penalty kick, but the Bristol goalkeeper saved it. With the game in time added on by the referee, and looking like it was going to need 30 minutes of extra time as well, Norwalk Mariners' Rui Fernandes scored the winning goal in the 93rd minute. It will be the Mariners' first trip to a CSSA final in their 35 year history.
Many thanks to all of the managers who reported! Both games were clearly exciting and both games probably merited as worthy finals themselves.
The CSSA Over-30 State Cup Final will be Club Napoli versus Norwalk Mariners at a neutral venue to be determined on a date and kick-off time also to be determined.
The CSSA Over-40 State Cup quarter-finals are all scheduled for May 9th (Mothers Day), all having 9:00 AM kick-off times.
Danbury United's USASA Over-30 National Cup game, originally scheduled for May 9th (Mothers Day) has now been moved to Saturday, May 8th, still at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury, kick-off at 5:00 PM. Their opponents are Westchester Kick (E-NY).
- Garry Archer (for the CSSA)