Jubilant Laburnum Saints lifted the Manor Pharmacy Shield after a dramatic final at Matlock Town’s Causeway Lane ground that went down to a nine-penalty shootout.
It was an amazing match for the hundreds who turned out to watch as Laburnum and Wirksworth Albion battled it out in an even game which swung evenly.
Saves and misses dominated the penalties after the extra-time 1-1 stalemate. It was tense for the clubs, but great for the fans as Andy Clifton and Matt Warren were successful for the Saints and Albion’s Josh Vallance was on target from the spot. Laburnum were the 2-1 victors.
It would be wrong to castigate the Albion player that missed to give Laburnum the shield because both teams played their part in a fantastic final.
Wirksworth’s Craig Wheeldon netted skilfully after 20 minutes. There was almost a second 15 minutes later after another piercing Albion attack. But Laburnum stuck to their task.
And the Saints’ resilience paid off just ten minutes into the second half as Michael Charlton bagged a header to equalise, ensuring extra-time, just as entertaining and topsy-turvy.
Man-of-the-match went to Wirksworth’s David Vinall, but it was scant consolation as Laburnum triumphed.
On Saturday, in the Matlock & District Football League, determined The Kings Arms opened up a four-point championship lead as they defeated Riddings 4-2.
Matlock Town Youth asked players for more and in the end they were too strong for AFC Lea Holloway as Callum Lytham grabbed a brace and Fraser Kirk ensured a Cavendish Playing Fields victory.
Exhausted Manor Pharmacy Shield sides had mixed fortunes.
Laburnum Saints defeated Harvey’s Bar 4-1.
But Wirksworth Albion went down 5-2 at home against Black Hippo, whose Lee Boden bagged a hat-trick with Joe Taylor and Scott Parker getting in on the act.
Honours were shared 3-3 by Hilcote United and Shirland MW. It was a ‘great comeback’ by Hilcote with goals from Daniel Fisher, Eddie Crump and Dean Gibson.
Shirland’s Craig McKay netted twice with Steven Wright was on target.
Saturday’s matches include Shirland Miners Welfare v Laburnum Saints, Hilcote United v Wirksworth Albion, Darley Dale Lions v Riddings Rovers, AFC Lea Holloway v Woodthorpe Rovers and The Kings Arms v Tansley.