THE eighth Darley Dale Community Cup fixture once again provided the Under 30s with local bragging rights and raised money for a good cause.
Following a hopeful start to the game, with Michael Charlton opening the scoring for the Over 30s and a resurgent Neil Elliott and Darren Longley both putting in excellent defensive performances, the match soon fell into a familiar pattern with the Under 30s taking a 4-1 half time lead, through a brace each from Tim Baker and Arron O’Neill.
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The second half was to bring more of the same, with the valiant efforts of the older side being thwarted by some quick counter attacking and fine finishing from their younger opposition.
Although falling 5-1 behind from another Tim Baker strike, the Over 30s did score the goal of the game when, from the subsequent kick-off, Matt Mosley scored straight from the centre spot.
With 20 minutes still to play, the Under 30s reaffirmed their dominance, reaching double figures courtesy of another two goals from Tim Baker and single strikes from Mark and Liam Ashton. Although the Over 30s did register one more consolation goal, courtesy of a late John Dunsby strike, the 10-3 final scoreline will sit uncomfortably with the older footballing generation of Darley Dale for at least 12 months.
With the help and support of local businesses, including a very generous donation from The Grouse Inn, in addition to the big numbers in the game’s scoreline, this year’s Darley Dale Community Cup also managed to raise £250 for the local Greenaway Workshop charity.