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Ingol Rangers win the Challenge Cup for the 5th time

Ingol Rangers celebrate winning the Challenege Cup 2017

Ingol Rangers (blue) v New Longton Rovers - Challenge Cup Final

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Ingol Rangers beat New Longton Rovers 2-0 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge to win the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup for the 5th time and in doing so they consigned New Longton Rovers to the disappointment of being beaten finalists for the second year running.

After a shaky and nervous start, both teams struggled to settle as each side took turns to give the ball away. However, Ingol Rangers Adam Stammers gave Ingol Rangers the lead after a well struck shot on 20 minutes which the New Longton Rovers goalkeeper Anthony Ashton had no chance of saving.

New Longton Rovers were thrown a life line on 67 minutes after the industrious Stephen Green was brought down just inside the box, giving referee Barry Cropp no option but to point to the spot. Up stepped Green to try and bring the tie level but he was unable to beat the Ingol Rangers stopper Scott Salisbury who he saved well to his left.

On 70 minutes, Stu Parry who has been out injured nearly all season was brought on by Ingol Manager Dean Crossen in an effort to close out the game, after New Longton continued to press for a leveler. Both teams flirted with each other’s goal but to no avail.

As the clocked ticked down on 93 minutes, Adam Stammers set off down the left and rode at least two challenges before delivering a pin point cross to the evergreen Parry to finish the tie off.

Notable performances came from New Longton’s No. 6 Leon Daley and their goalkeeper Anthony Ashton, who appeared to be struggling with an injury from the start which he appeared to have picked up in the warm up. However, the Man of the Match went to Ingol Rangers Adam Stammers for his goal, his work rate and his assist for Stu Parry.

Special mention goes to referee Barry Cropp and his assistants Tony Parr and Alex Christopher who let the game flow and controlled this tense encounter efficiently and professionally and they were given excellent support by 4th Official Bob Roberts.

The was the fourth and last of the this year’s Lancashire Sunday Football League Cup Finals, all of which have been played at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge and League Chairman Eamonn McNamara thanked the club and especially George Halliwell and Tony Molloy for the help and co-operation in staging the finals.

John Carrig of Builders Supply (West Coast Ltd) represented the Syndicate Trust and he presented the Challenge Cup and souvenir medals to the players and match officials and also to the mascots Grace Crossen (Ingol Rangers) and Max Oldfield & Spencer Alexander (New Longton Rovers).

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.


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