FC United of Manchester taste Fenix Trophy glory for second time

FC United cruised past Prague Raptors with a 4-0 victory which saw them crowned Fenix Cup champions for the second time.

The tournament, which features semi-professional and amateur teams from across Europe, was founded in 2021 by Milan-based Brera FC.

To date, three instalments of the competition have been held. This season, a total of 12 teams from 10 different countries competed - more than ever before.

Tournament organisers say teams are chosen for their "exceptional social, historical and cultural distinctiveness", with fan-owned FC United established in June 2005 by supporters of Manchester United who were opposed to the club's takeover by Malcolm Glazer.

FC United Fenix Trophy win

FC United Fenix Trophy win

Neil Reynolds' side won the inaugural tournament during the 2021/22 season before losing their crown 12 months later after a 3-2 semi-final defeat to eventual winners BK Skjold from Denmark.

However, there would be no repeat this season as the Reds eased their way through the group stages at the expense of Kraków Dragoons and France's Vinsky FC.

They then toppled Isthmian Premier League side Lewes 1-0 in Friday's semi-final in Lombardy, Italy before sweeping aside three-time runners-up Prague in Sunday's final at the Stadio Tre Stelle.

Curtis Jones and Player of the Tournament Aaron Bennett put them two goals up at half-time, then Dontai Gabidon scored on the hour mark before Lewis Gilboy extended the lead.

FC United Fenix Trophy win

FC United Fenix Trophy win

It means the club end the campaign with silverware, having earned a safe mid-table finish in the Northern Premier League.

Photo credit: Lewis McKenna

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