Wakefield & District Sunday Football League - Sunday 7th April
Division Three League Cup Final
FC Waterloo 1
Peacock FC ended a 35-year trophy drought* by lifting the Division Three League Cup thanks to their success over a resilient FC Waterloo outfit. [*See editor's note at the bottom of the page]
A large crowd were treated to a pulsating match with attacking and adventurous play by both sides from the outset.
The hero of the hour was Peacock's attacking midfielder Craig Donnelly, who notched a fine hat-trick but his side needed a late surge with four of their goals coming in the last ten minutes of the game.
Peacock's Jimmy Greenhough saw his astute pass find Jamie Harrison whose deep cross striker Aaron Dennis head into the side netting while at the other end Waterloo's midfielder Darren Hawksley found striker Adrian McNeil who beat one player before shooting narrowly wide in the opening exchanges.
A Brett Bentley's left-flank corner saw a Nick Clarke header cleared-off the line the Waterloo goal line in the 22nd minute before Dennis steered a headed effort wide from an Ash Brooke corner.
Five minutes later, Waterloo defender Timur Tagijev went on a surging run beating three players before forcing Peacock keeper Damon Seville into a full length save. At the other end, it was Waterloo keeper Sean Kemsley who came to his sides rescue with a save at the second attempt at the feet of Dennis.
Peacock started the stronger on the turn with both Harrison and Craig Donnelly going close before the breakthrough with a set-piece goal in the 58th minute. Skipper Nick Clarke crashed a direct free-kick against the the upright and in-off the keepers back to give Peacock a deserved 1-0 lead.
Waterloo retaliated and saw Danny Atkinson break clear and force a parried save from keeper Seville before the latter producing a finger-tip save at the expense of a corner following a long-range free-kick from Ben Firth. However, the resultant corner saw Atkinson pounce to draw his side level at 1-1 their hard working display merited.
The outstanding Ash Brooke drove in a tremendous effort from the left with the crossbar coming to Waterloo's rescue before a surge of four late goals paved success for the Peacock.
Donnelly hit a quick-fire double following excellent passes from Ash Brook and Jamie Harrison respectively for a 3-1 lead.
Harrison got on the scoring chart with a goal from close range before Donnelly completed his hat-trick in the dying seconds following a Dennis pass to complete Waterloo's misery.
The "Macronstore, Wakefield" man of the match award was presented to hat-trick hero Craig Donnelly by league chairman Chris Grace.
Initially, it was reported here that this was Peacock's first ever trophy, but a source close to the Club has revealed that they are in fact more prolific than was initially thought!
Peacock were actually founded a very respectable 38 years ago (1975/76) and secured a creditable Second Division Championship and Cup double in the 1978 season.
Sincere apologies to the lads for my mistake (I blame the YTS researcher! lol) but I was five years short of my first Subbuteo set at the time! ;)
Congratulations to all associated with the Club and here's to the next 38 years! JS]