Midfielder Lucas Inglis was carried off with a broken foot as Deeping Rangers were beaten 3-0 by Malborne in the Peterborough Youth League Under 15 cup final.
It was always going to be a tough task to get the better of the table-toppers at Peterborough’s Chestnut Avenue, but Deeping put up a good show until conceding two late goals.
Deeping had drawn 2-2 and lost 3-2 in their two league clashes with Malborne, who are undefeated since September, but Kev Bellamy’s side went behind on 14 minutes.
Deeping continued to give a good account of themselves but the injury to talented midfielder Inglis knocked the stuffing out of them.
Malborne doubled their advantage following a corner four minutes from time and then netted again during added on time.
Inglis went to hospital a day later and is now wearing a plaster cast up to his knee.
Bellamy said: “It’s such a shame for Lucas. He’s a smashing lad and it’s the second injury he has had this season as he only recently returned from a bad knee injury.
“It’s his first season with us and he had never been injured before but now he has had two bad injuries.”
Despite the defeat, Bellamy was proud of his team, who finished fourth in the league.
He added: “The injury was a bit of a downer for us and we conceded those two late goals but we’ve had a great season.
“We ran out of steam towards the end of the season and lost four of our last six, including Sunday’s final, but the boys have done well.”