Single goal settles tense Senior Cup final

FC Bowling Green celebrate following their Briggs Priestley Senior Cup success over Carrington
FC Bowling Green celebrate following their Briggs Priestley Senior Cup success over Carrington

FC Bowling Green 1 Carrington FC 0

FC Bowling Green overcame the disappointment of losing out in the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League title race by beating champions Carrington in a hard fought Briggs Priestley Senior Cup final clash at St Giles Road.

Tom Holroyde scored the only goal early on and Green were forced to hang on at times as Carrington went in search of a league and cup double.

The victory was made sweeter as Green were beaten by Carrington in last season’s Halifax FA Sunday Cup final. They also went on to lose to King Cross Sports in the Senior Cup.

“Winning on Sunday was a good reward for the season,” said boss Dan Taylor. “It was particularly satisfying having lost out on two finals last year.

“It was a decent final between two closely-matched teams. The longer the game went on the more comfortable I felt, but a side like Carrington can always come back at you.”

Taylor asked his players to go out with all guns blazing and that is exactly what they did. That bold approach paid early dividends when Ryan Brook picked out Gary Ash.

Ash waited for Brook’s overlapping run before playing him in and his cross evaded everybody except Holroyde who was lurking at the far post and fired in.

Green continued to make the running and Andrew Sutcliffe was denied by a fine save from the Carrington ‘keeper.

At the other end James Billington had to be at his best to deny Jay Carney as Carrington threatened to hit back.

Carrington threw everything at Green in the second half and Sutcliffe was twice forced to clear off the line.

Green weathered the storm and Ash stumbled after rounding the ‘keeper while Adam Sharp had an effort disallowed when the ball flew straight in from an indirect free-kick.

Carrington continued to work hard but ultimately it was Green’s day.