Capenhurst Villa FC
2 - 1 Heswall
Reserves Cape Scorers: John Farrell, Jordan Brierley
Gareth Hibbs Craig Newnes Lewis
Jordan Brierley John Keefe(capt) Carl Ladbrooke
Subs:(all used) Dave Kendrick Chris McNeill Alan Brown
On a scorcher of a day, Capenhurst
Villa travelled to 'Kirklands' the home of Cammell Laird, to meet Heswall Reserves in the West
Cheshire Bowl Final, and
after disposing of Ashville Reserves in the semis the mood was optimistic.
In a pulsating tie in which both
sides gave their all, Cape won their first final since 1994. The game swung from end to end
throughout, with Heswall having slightly the better of things in the first
half, and Capenhurst much the better of the second half.
Farrell, cheered up the Capenhurst faithful, to put Cape 1-0 up after
just 10 mins with a neatly taken penalty, after a Heswall defender had
needlessly handled the ball in the box. But just 10 minutes later it was all
square, when a Heswall player rose above everybody at the far post to head home from a
free-kick to make it 1-1. The score remained 1-1 at half-time.
The second half carried on in a
frenetic fashion with neither side creating many clear-cut chances. That
was until the 65th minute, when Jordan Brierley, latched on to a
loose ball in the Heswall box to hit a low shot into the corner of the
net, to put Cape 2-1 up.
John Farrell, had a chance to put the game beyond
doubt on 80 mins, but he hit his shot straight at the grateful Heswall
keeper. This set the game up for a dramatic finish with Cape being
bombarded for the remaining few minutes and needing some great saves,
blocked shots, goal line clearances, and all hands to the pumps, until the
referee finally blew his whistle.
That just left John
Keefe the Capenhurst captain, to lift the trophy and take it back
to Capenhurst for the after match celebrations.