The weather finally played its part at Cottam Hall this evening where a big crowd watched on in the warm Spring sunshine as Poulton SFC and Quilligans FC fought it out for the Premier Division title. A point would have been enough for Quilligans FC. Final tables now updated on the sister site.
Monday May 17th 2010
Poulton SFC 1 – 2 Quilligans FC (Cottam Hall)
Quilligans FC brought in a few fresh faces for this evening's big game with Pearson, Lawler, Cook and Greenall all getting a start. Unlike Friday night it was Quilligans who were quickest out of the blocks and within twenty minutes they had raced into a 2-0 lead. Mickey Evans showed great persistance in a battle with the defenders who failed to take the opportunity to clear. Evans made them pay as he put the visitors ahead. Not long afterwards, Danny Rowe took advantage of some poor defending as the defender failed to deal with the long high ball, Rowe beat him to it, took a step to his right and lashed it home. Poulton were on the ropes.
The home side finally settled and Catlow started to impose himself in midfield. Poulton's best chance came after Daz Hall was played through by Catlow. With the ball on his left foot he looked set to shoot but instead decided to take it around Smith. Wrong decision in retrospect as Smith pulled off some decent keeping to deny him.
Danny Morris had the ball in the net for Poulton but it was pulled back for offside. A couple of neutrals directly in line said he was onside but the flag was up and the goal didn't stand.
Quilligans FC started the second half as they did the first and carved out two glorious chances to seal it. Firstly, Rowe made the pass of the night to Baird who took it on into the box only to be denied by the feet of Davies. Minutes later, Rowe tok it around Davies out wide and unselfishly squared it into the path of Palmer. He looked almost certain to score but Allan Thompson pulled off a fantastic last ditch sliding tackle to take it off his toes.
Poulton made a game of it with about twenty minutes left. Catlow's shot come cross was seized upon by substitute Carl Eastwood and his first time effort found the bottom corner. Quills looke to be in control and kept the ball well. Kevan Ford was dominant at the back and keeper Smith didn't put a foot/hand wrong all night. Poulton created one further decent opportunity but Eastwood's left footed shot went well over.
In the end Quilligans FC fully deserved the win and over the season the table doesnt lie and they win the Premier Division title by a margin of five points. Congratulations to manager Mark Spedding and all those associated with Quilligans FC.
Pre match pie – straight to the hips
Tony Pearson (Left) alongside Adam Kennerley
A bumper crowd out watching this one – great pitch, great conditions
Referee John Hay – always in control
Mickey Evans (Left) celebrates as his persistence pays off. Quilligans FC take the lead
He deserved a goal for his efforts in the last two matches
It's 2-0 thanks to Danny Rowe. No wonder Lee Catlow is unhappy with the defence.
Danny Morris (10) scores past Mark Smith but it was ruled out for offside
Kevan Ford (Right) – my MOTM tonight
Sharrocks takes a big hit in the face by the ball
Ford wins the aerial battle over Daz Hall
Eastwood pulls a goal back with plenty of time left – game on
Linesman John McNicholas
Danny Rowe is applauded off after being subbed – not long left
The whistle goes and Quilligans FC celebrate as they regain the BFSFA title
Steamy lenses as the team celebrate in the dressing rooms
Ectoplasm escapes Jordan's mouth like a scene from the Omen
Well, that's that for another season. Watch out for 'Top Scorers' and 'Fair Play tables' that will be published shortly with full details of player appearances. I'll also be putting together the usual 'Top Pictures of the season' articles soon so stay tuned.