By the time I had arrived in Arundel, conditions had become overcast, and both teams traded good chances in the opening three minutes, forcing good saves from the keepers, but it was Predators who opened the scoring on 13 minutes, when the ball was lumped forward - a style of play that was to dominate throughout - and was headed on and Michael Woolston tapped the ball inside the post. The first half continued in a competitive fashion but with few clear goalscoring chances created, as the higher ranked Predators looked relatively comfortable with their narrow lead.
The second half continued much the same as the first, and Predators looked likely to hold on to lift the cup as Nyetimber Pirates looked less and less threatening as they seemed to tire, but five minutes from time, they managed to get back on level terms. The ball was hooked back across goal following a corner and James Fallick headed home from a central position. That really gave the Pirates a shot in the arm, as they suddenly looked more likely to win the game in the closing minutes.
They continued that momentum into the first period of extra time, although as time ticked by, the game became more even and penalties became the inevitable conclusion. With Nyetimber Pirates taking the first penalty, they missed their second penalty, saved by the keeper low to his left, and that turned out to be the only penalty that was not scored, and Predators win was confirmed by a wonderful penalty scored by their keeper into the top left hand corner. Predators probably deserved the win overall, although credit to the lower ranked opposition who put up a real fight.