Vickerstown spot on to make it a treble
Last updated at 14:20, Monday, 07 May 2012
VICKERSTOWN became the first team to win the Paul Wilson Memorial Trophy three times as their reserves won a dramatic penalty shootout against Haverigg United at Rakesmoor.
On an excellent looking pitch, Vickerstown started brightly and opened the scoring after just three minutes when Paul Johnson headed in from a corner.
Haverigg were playing up the hill and against the slight breeze and took a while to settle down after the early setback.
Vickerstown had the ball in the net again after 25 minutes but it was ruled out for a foul. However five minutes later they did go 2-0 up when Andy Butler’s cross to the far post was headed in by Mark Treen.
The nearest Haverigg came were a couple of scuffed efforts that didn’t trouble Mark Jones in Vickerstown’s goal.
Vickerstown had looked comfortable but just after the hour the game exploded into life. A Steven Robinson corner was flicked past his own keeper by Steve Brennan to make it 2-1, and two minutes later tempers flared which resulted in Mark Johnson being sent off for raising his hands to an opponent.
Despite having the extra man, Haverigg were unable to carve out any clear cut chances until the 92nd minute when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Haverigg skipper Ricky Jeynes hit a superb shot that dipped under the crossbar to level the scores.
Both sides had progressed to the final with penalty shootout victories in earlier rounds but on this occasion it was Vickerstown who held their nerve, scoring all four of their penalties.
Haverigg hit the post and were denied by a brilliant save by Mark Jones, which earned him the man of the match award.
That one save effectively won the game although all of the Vickerstown midfield had worked tirelessly for 90 minutes, with Aaron Read and Josh Gay both putting in good performances.
Haverigg were left to reflect on being runners-up in two finals this season and are keen to go one better next season.
As usual the final was a great event to celebrate Paul Wilson’s life with Alan and Barbara providing wonderful hospitality after the game as well as a kit for the winners, footballs for the finalists, two match balls and a watch for the man of the match.
The presentation of the awards also included a cheque for £500 being presented to the Alice’s Escapes charity.
Vickerstown: Mark Jones, Danny Fawcett, Phil Athersmith, Steve Brennan, Paul Johnson, Josh Gay, Mark Treen, Aaron Read, Andy Butler, Mark Johnson, Tom Dawes. Subs: Jon Moore, Jack Mitchell, Paul Miller.
Haverigg United: Craig Robinson, Howard Falconer, Steven Robinson, Stuart Jeynes, Paul Barker, Drew Postlethwaite, Anthony Foster, Ricky Jeynes, John Chmiel, Andy Walker, Luke Chmiel. Subs: Ian Taylor, Brian Eaton, Stuart Rigge, Chris McQuire.
Referee: Jimmy McLeish, Assistants: Dave Cowperthwaite and Chris Banks. Fourth official: Darren Gardner.
First published at 13:10, Monday, 07 May 2012
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having watched last sat final with a neutral view,these were two evenly matched teams, vickerstown dominated 1st half haverigg the 2nd.three of the goals were defensive mistakes.haveriggs last min equilizer was one of the best goals seen at rakesmoor this year.as for mom wrighty was right vickerstown keeper won them the cup with his pen save just as if a striker would get it by scoring the winning goal.as for gloating and sour grapes both teams stayed well into the night enjoying alans fantastic hospitality.well done both teams
i am proud of my lads and we will be back next year. Just remember lads its a three year plan we have but just remmeber next final the cup comes home with us.. Congrats Vickerstown
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