Just back from the County Ground, Leyland where BFSFA side Poulton SFC were up against Preston side Greenlands FC in the prestigious Lancashire Sunday Trophy Final. Both teams had done well to reach the final knocking out a number of so called 'Big Guns' along the way including Poulton's impressive 6-0 win against favourites and previous winners Copperpot FC of the Rochdale Sunday Football League. Poulton were looking to be the first winners of the Trophy from the BFSFA since the 1993/94 season.
Final score : Poulton SFC 3 – 2 Greenlands FC
By kick off time, the wind had dropped to nothing leaving perfect conditions for football on a surface that is rarely bettered anywhere at any level. There was a big crowd and despite a sizeable following from the Fylde we were outnumbered by about for to one. It was even an even opening whilst both teams settled. Alan Thompson had the best chance for Poulton following a swift incision upfield when his powerful shot flew over the bar.
Greenlands FC were bravely playing a high line and Danny Morris was getting a bit of stick from the home support. The laughing stopped on 22 minutes when he broke the offside trap on the right wing, left the defenders in his wake and smashed it across the keeper into the far corner. 1-0. Poulton SFC were on top and playing good football on the break but all too often they were just one pass short of putting players in on goal.
Greenlands stuck at it and were rewarded on forty minutes. A cross into the Poulton box was poorly defender and the unmarked greenland's player powered a finely placed header past Speight to equalise. 1-1 and that's how it was at the interval.
Poulton SFC came out of the blocks quickly in the second half and hit the bar sixty seconds in after a bouncing ball in the area wasn't cleared. Three minutes later and poulton regained the lead. With greenlands persisting with the high line, Danny Morris raced away from the half way line once again. He drew the keeper, gave him the eyes to shoot but sensibly squared it for Darren Hall to slide in and slot it home. 2-1. On 55, Poulton looked to have made it safe. This time they sprung clear on the left. The ball was played across for Lee Catlow who took a touch and hit it left footed into the bottom corner. 3-1. Poulton in dreamland whilst Greenlands looked down and out.
You have to give Greenlands credit as they quickly re-grouped and took the game to poulton. They enjoyed good spells of possession and probing. On 67 minutes they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Poulton area and the low drive went under the wall and past Speight 3-2 and game on. Greenlands pushed hard for the equaliser but still looked susceptible to the quick break but Poulton were no longer keeping the ball as they did earlier. Stout defending ensured that they held out to the final whistle. Well done to both teams for a final that kept everyone on the edge of their seats to the end. To sum, the best team won but made hard work of it due to a gutsy performance from the opposition.
Congratulations to Poulton SFC on winning the Lancashire Sunday Trophy which is a great achievemement for all concerned.On the last couple of occasions I've stayed to capture the celebrations of the winning Preston sides after they'd beaten Quills so it was nice to be on the winning side at last and well done to the BFSFA for having one of our teams lift the Trophy. Let's continue our recent record of getting teams to the final and let's try our utmost to keep the famous Cup on the Fylde Coast.
Here are a few pictures before it got too dark for the camera as well as a memorable video.
Poulton SFC (Red) on the attack
An accidental face injury
Darren Hall (Right)
The famous Lancashire Sunday Trophy
At least he read them out in the right order this season
The Greenlands FC skipper leads his team up to collect their runners up medals. Well dome on getting to the final lads
Poulton SFC go up to collect their winners medals with Captain Chris Morris lifting the Cup
Lancashire Sunday Trophy winners 2010/11 – Poulton SFC