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Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs win the Challenge Cup Final
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs FC - Challenge Cup Winners 2019
AFC Ingol (blue) v Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs - Challenge Cup Final 2019
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs kept their dream of a domestic Sunday League double alive when they defeated AFC Ingol 2-0 in the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup Final played on the excellent pitch at Bamber Bridge Football Club.
It was a game of few chances between two well organised teams and much credit must go to the two managers, John Coyle of AFC Ingol and Gareth Jones of Southport & AA. AFC Ingol had most of both possession and chances, but a combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping ensured the Merseyside team kept a clean sheet. Two second half goals, a headed finish by Rob Lamont and a well struck penalty by Kevin Edgar gave Southport the victory and this year’s Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup.
The game got off to a slow start, with both sides cancelling each other out. AFC Ingol edged their way into the game and finished the first half stronger, with the pacy Daniel Cooper creating numerous chances for the Ingol forwards and tough tackling centre Sam Braithwaite dominating the midfield battle. The sides went in for their half time oranges locked at 0-0.
The second half started in much the same way as the first, with very little creativity and any chances being restricted to long range efforts, all of which were easily dealt with by the two defences. Possibly the most telling incident occurred on 52 minutes, when Ingol lost Sam Braithwaite, when he came out second best in a 50/50 challenge and had to be replaced. Without Braithwaite's midfield dominance, the Ingol side lacked any bite and Southport gradually made their way into the game.
The opening goal on 70 minutes, followed a very good spell of Southport pressure. A flurry of corners, resulted in a cross from the left being headed back across goal, leaving Rob Lamont with the simple task of heading home from close range, at the back post.
Ingol immediately made substitutions, and changed to a more attacking formation, to try and force their way back into the final and they threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Southport, but they were unable to find the finish they required. The game was wrapped up on 86 minutes when a Southport player was dragged down in the box, and Kevin Edgar stepped up to smash the resulting penalty into the back of the net.
The match was extremely well handled by the match officials who received plaudits from both clubs, referee Paul Kettlewell and his Assistants Steve Downer, Marlon Gupta & Mark Otto.
The presentation of the Challenge Cup to Southport captain David Spencer and the souvenir medals was made by John Carrig on behalf of the Syndicate Trust and John also presented the Man-of-the-Match Award to AFC Ingol’s no.8 Daniel Cooper.
This was the last of the League’s four Cup Finals, all of which were played at Bamber Bridge FC and their club officials Tony Molloy & Keith Maguire received a token of appreciation for all their help from the League as did Craig Houghton who did the match announcements at all four finals.
Report by Craig Houghton
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