|Pictures from the two Divisional Cup Finals played at Blackpool Mechanics FC. This morning the Gardeners beat Fylde Coast Gates FC in the Division 2 competition whilst after lunch the Bloomfield Vets FC (Left) were victorious against the Dunes FC in the Division 1 Cup. (Updated with more pictures on Tuesday AM)|
First up were the Gardeners Arms FC (2A) v Fylde Coast Gates FC (2B). Circumstances meant that I could only watch the first half hour of this one due to the big title decider taking place at Collins Park. This was a well matched contest from the off. Will Riding put the Gardeners in front on the quarter hour but Fylde Coast Gates levelled. As in the Division 3 Cup final last season the Gardeners grabbed a dramatic late winner to win 2-1. Gates were unhappy to see a free-kick ruled out but the referee ruled it indirect and after initially giving a goal changed his mind. Brian Carr was happy with his team's performance as unlike in the PPM game they played to their capabilities and were unlucky not to get a result.
Mr Ayres, Mr Nixon and Mr Dalton – This morning's officials.
Gardeners Arms FC
Fylde Coast Gates FC
Gates kick off towards Common Edge
A meaty challenge from Andy Howarth
Early Gardeners pressure
Gardeners' player manager STEVE Morrell.
Crossy just does enough in the sandpit to put Oswell off his stride.
Miles and Beattie enjoying the early start.
GOAL ! Will Riding sneaks in to put the Gardeners 1 – 0 up.
The Gates bench.
Gary Stoney. Last game ?
Smithurst takes the ball into the corner in the dying seconds
Skipper Rob of FCG takes his Runners-up medal
Dave Cross hoists the Cup
Super Sunday continued this afternoon with the Division 1 final. Bloomfield Vets FC were the favourites against the Dunes, a side they'd beaten 5-0 in the league back in February. Last time they reached a final the Dunes put in a disappointing performance against Red Rose Catering. I'm afraid that it was a similar scenario today as hesitant defending along with a lack of attacking punch saw them go down 3-1 to a committed Bloomfield Vets who were out to make up for Gledhill semi-final defeat a few weeks back. This was an entertaining game in the warm sunshine.
Mr Harvey, Mr Dyson and Mr Rogers – this afternoons' officials.
Bloomfield Vets FC
“Our ball ?”
GOAL ! and a good one at that as No 14 heads past the Dunes keeper. 1-0.
Cahoots manager Mark Faber and friend looking more relaxed already now his turbulent season/career looks to be over with Cahoots.
A long throw and number 6 for the Vets loops a header into the far corner.
Yes !! 2-0
Half time – a rest and a drink required.
The Dunes put a poor first half behind them and started the second period far more brightly. The Vets keeper was soon called into the action to make a great tip over the bar.
But only minutes later he could do nothing to stop the Dunes pulling one back.
The Vets saw a handball in the build up to the Dunes goal. Mr Dyson didn't and 'here's a yellow card for questioning my eyesight.'
The best own goal of the season as the Dunes defender (Left)nods a great header into the top corner. Luckily for him the linesman flagged for offside at the point of delivery.
Transfer target, Tony Whittle (Left)
Steve Hughes (Left)
The Vets settled once again and started to play some good football. They were awarded a free-kick out on the left in a decent shooting position. Andy Gouck blasted it in but the keeper couldn't hold the powerful effort and spilled it. In the ensuing melee the ball was forced over the line to make it 3-1.
Too much heat on the shot for the keeper.
The keeper can only chew sand as the ball is forced over the line. 3-1
3-1 and game over.
The Dunes collect their medals.
BFSFA Chairman Nigel Hough presents Vet's skipper Andy Gouck with the Division 1 Cup.