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17 OCT 2019 - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL - Colley pip Southey Social in the Steve Gee Merit Cup Final - The Steve Gee Merit Cup Final at Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium saw Division One rivals Colley and Southey Social produce a real cracker that was only decided by a 10-9 penalty shoot out after a 2-2 draw.
Colley had the first sight of goal came when Billy Thorley almost beat Southey keeper Callum Jones to a bad back pass. Colley’s pressure finally saw them take a 15th minute lead when a mistake allowed Man of the Match "Phonse" Hussein to set up Matt Jebson to fire low into the corner. Southey hit back and attempts by Ryan Damms and Kieran Hopkinson were deflected for corners. Colley then had a good spell of control, with a Jebson cross causing Jones problems, before having a great chance to double their lead, but Matt Meaney could only scoop it wide. Just before half time Damms went down in the Colley penalty area but referee Pete Henger adjudged the player to have dived showed him the yellow card. Southey’s Hopkinson was also booked a few minutes later for a foul on Hussein.
The second half saw Southey pile on the pressure in the search of an equaliser and Ryan Whitney hit the post and Damms, had a shot cleared off the line. Against the run of play, Colley doubled their lead when Danny Parker hit a powerful curling shot that left Jones with no chance. Southey hit back immediately with Byron Mullen crossing for Ryan Damms to head home at the near post and they piled on even more pressure after that. In a series of corners, Damms then had a shot cleared off the line before Southey’s captain Todd Guest had a header clawed off the line by keeper James Abramski and Scott Ellis had a shot deflected over the bar.
Finally the Southey pressure paid off when another Mullen cross was deflected into his own net by Colley’s Chris Fowler. Guest then headed over, but despite further Southey pressure Colley held on to take the game to a penalty shoot-out. It looked like the shoot-out would never end with the keepers standing no chance until the 19th penalty saw Colley's veteran keeper James Abramski make the save from Matt Betts, allowing Akram Miladi to step up to score to win the trophy for Colley for the first time. The game had been a real credit to all concerned and a very good evening was completed by the teams taking advantage of an excellent pint of “Chantrey Iron & Steel” in the bar.
James Abramski, Christopher Fowler, James Malone, Ridah Miladi (Capt), Ian
Sharland, Lewis Hanson, Billy Thorley, Ildephonse Hussein, Daniel Parker,
Matthew Jebson, Matthew Meaney Subs: Keegan Hepplestone, Faisal Miladi,
Akram Miladi, Jack Cranswick, Ragen Dempsey
Callum Jones, Adam Danks, Carlton Nathaniel Carty, Ryan Keeney, Matthew
Betts, Todd Guest (Capt), Scott Ellis, Ryan Whitney, Ryan Damms, Kieran
Hopkinson, Jamie Hopkins Subs: Byron Mullen, David Wheeler, Harry Davison,
Jamie Roper, Luke Parwana
Pete Henger Assistant Referees:
Gareth Thomas and Jason Baker
25 OCT 2018 - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL - Harrison double seals the Merit Cup for Oughtibridge - The Steve Gee Merit Cup Final, played at Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium, saw CBC Premier Oughtibridge WM come out 3-0 victors against Division One Norton Oaks B with first half goals from Danny Booth and a Matt Harrison double.
Oughtibridge quickly got into their stride and the Oaks defence was at full stretch to keep them at bay, but just as it looked like they had got over the worst of the pressure a terrific effort by Danny Booth found the top corner to put Oughtibridge ahead. That gave Oughtibridge the impetus again and when a Callum Chambers shot could only be parried by Oaks keeper Tom Burnham, Matt Harrison was on hand to double his side's lead. Harrison quickly picked up his second of the night to give Oughtibridge a three goal half-time lead.
The second half was a more even affair with Oaks even threatening to pull a goal back, but Oughtibridge always looked threatening on the break and it needed Burnham to stop Chambers increasing Oughtibridge's lead with a couple of great saves. Oughtbridge skipper Ross Brown also went close, but Burnham dealt firmly with what was thrown at him and with Oaks skipper Matt Jessermino holding his defence together better after the break, Oaks managed to avoid any further damage. At the end of the game League President Larry Angel MBE presented the trophy to Oughtibridge skipper Ross Brown. Pictured right is Oughtibridge with the trophy. Left is Runners-up Norton Oaks B.
Norton Oaks B: Tom Burnham, Richard Gill, Oliver West, Lewis Trevett, Sam Smedley, Joe Lawson, Jack Peake, Matthew Jessermino (C), Reagan Eldridge, Joseph Brisbourne, Nathan Davies, Jordan Noble, Nick West, Jeremiah Donnelly Oughtibridge WM: Strachan Sampson, Evan Watson, Thomas Galloway, Simon Duckworth, Joshua Walker, Daniel Booth, Ross Brown (C), Oliver Black, Callum Chambers, Matthew Harrison, Charles Tunnard, Harley Scholey, Joe Appleyard, Wilson Coupe, Richard Honeyman, Adam Thomas Referee: David Williams Assistant Referees: Tony Tierney, John Reeves
21 SEP 2017 - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL - Redmires pip Cobden to win the Steve Gee Merit Cup Final - The League's Steve Gee Merit Cup Final between last season's CBC Premier Runners-up and Sunday Senior Cup semi finalists Redmires and last season's Division Two Runners-Up Cobden View took place at Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium, and it was Redmires that came out on top of a real thriller 3-2 to lift the trophy for a second time.
Redmires started the quicker and John Pedder almost gave them the lead with a shot that struck the outside of the post. More good work by Pedder almost broke the deadlock and the pressure finally told when a cross from the right was slammed into the bottom corner by Redmires' skipper Ben Graney. Cobden eventually got a foothold in the game and one attack ended with shouts for a penalty for handball and soon after a dangerous cross evaded everyone in the box. Redmires ended the half strongly with Jake Gamban's shot saved by Josh Delaney in the Cobden goal and soon after Delaney had to make an even better save from Pedder's low drive.
Cobden looked a different side in the second half and were soon on level terms when they carved Redmires right side open and when the cross came in Tim Pitt was on hand to roll the ball home. Pitt thought he had added a second soon after, only to see it ruled out by the assistant referee's flag for offside. Delaney then saved to stop Redmires from re-taking the lead, but it was Spencer Bingley in the Redmires goal that next had to make an even better save to stop Aaron Ellis's deflected shot.
Josh Limbrick then shot just wide as Cobden continued to drive forward, but it was Redmires that got their noses back in front when Jake Gamban scrambled the ball home from a corner. They quickly doubled their advantage when Gamban's through ball found Tom Whiting and he slid the ball home. Cobden didn't give up though and only a brave piece of keeping by Bingley stopped Pitt from scoring a second, before Cobden's Ben Bell volleyed just wide.
They were rewarded soon after though when Pitt pounced on a mistake to advance and roll the ball past the onrushing Bingley. It then needed another terrific save by Bingley to stop Pitt from completing a hat-trick. Redmires were hanging on at this stage and only two more saves by Bingley stopped Cobden from equalising before referee Matt Tyers whistled for full time. It had been a terrific effort by both sides and a great advert for the league and both clubs.
The squads: Redmires: Spencer Bingley, Matt Hanson, Hamed Arezzo, Conal Jacklin, Dave Knaggs, Ben Graney (C), George Rudd, John Pedder, Andy Bath,Jake Gamban,Jake Schofield, Jake Sawyer, Dan Callow, Chris Cottyn, Tom Whiting, Danny Turner
Cobden View: Josh Delaney, Ben Mayne, Scott Needham, Andy Jacobowski, Aaron Ellis, Josh Limbrick, Alex Butt, Ben Bell, Tim Pitt, Rich Higgins, Lee Mansell, Will Cutler, Mike McVay, Adam Beresford, George Wilson-Bland
Referee: Matt Tyers, Assistant Referees: Craig Couldwell and Michael Brown
22 SEP 2016 - Steve Gee Merit Cup Final - Osborne keeps his house in order for Phoenix to lift the cup - Thanks to a man of the match performance by keeper Kieran Osborne (left) a single John Mellor goal was enough for Brinsworth Phoenix to beat Ecclesfield Players Lounge 1-0 and lift the Stee Gee Merit Cup.
Played at Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium, it was Phoenix that made the better start and Mellor had the game's first half chance. Mark Groves headed over as Ecclesfield finally got forward, but a mistake let Mellor in and after rounding the keeper he slammed the ball home for what turned out to be the only goal of the game.
Ecclesfield responded and Groves had a shot deflected wide before Scott
Spazjer just failed to connect with a cross. Further Ecclesfield
pressure saw George Sheen shoot wide and Osborne make the first of his
saves at the feet of a Danny Barnett clean through on goal, but it was
Phoenix that almost doubled their lead just before half time when a
Nicky Shaw free kick crashed against the crossbar.
The second half saw both sides have chances
without ever threatening to score until late in the game when Osborne
made two terrific saves from Ecclesfield's Craig Senior. Phoenix held on
to lift the trophy for the first time. Special praise should also go to
referee Gareth Thomas and his assistants Ryan Henger and Chris Rose, who
all helped the game to flow and help players and spectators alike enjoy
The Teams: Brinsworth Phoenix: Kieran Osborne, Karl Howden, Evan Watson (C), Joe Statham, Scott Orton, Dale Savage, Jordan Pearce, Karl Fox, John Mellor, Kieran Goff, Matt Winfrow subs: Nathan Darwent, Nicky Shaw, Liam Brookfield, Bradley Spencer
Ecclesfield Players Lounge: James Abramski, Scott Touhey, Gavin Hunter, Dean Foreman, Ryan Keeney, Andy Baxter, Joe Knight, Mark Groves (C), Danny Barnett, George Sheen, Scott Spazjer subs: Craig Senior, Dale Hirst, Lewis Turton, Mitch Robinson, Paul Heath
Referee: Gareth Thomas Assistant Referees: Ryan Henger, Chris Rose
3 Sep 2015 - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL – Debuts are a dream as Stannington take the Cup - It was dream debuts all round as Danny Smith, Alex Torr and Adam Todd all scored in their first competitive game for League Champions Stannington Village, as they got the season underway by lifting the Blades Super Draw League Steve Gee Merit Cup with a 3-0 victory over last season’s Sunday Junior Cup winners FC Handsworth Turf.
Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium was in perfect condition to
allow both teams to play fast penetrating football and it was
Stannington’s Lee Johnstone that was first to threaten the goal, but his
free kick was too high. Turf went straight to the other end and only a
saving tackle by Ben Cook stopped Turf taking advantage of a mistake by
Ben Cook. Turf’s Danny Leesley then had a driven cross well taken by
Stannington keeper Nathan Ryan before the opening goal came to
Stannington. Alext Torr beat the offside trap to advance into the area
before crossing for fellow new signing Danny Smith to score
Turf hit back and Ryan had to save a Tom Crosby shot and Ben Shackshaft
went even closer with a powerful shot just over the bar. Stannington
searched for a second though and after beating a defender, Alex Torr saw
his shot brilliantly saved by Turf keeper Liam Richardson (left). Richardson
then needed to be at his very best again to turn away an Adam Todd shot
and as Stannington increased the pressure Dan Green had a header cleared
off the line before Torr forced Richardson to make his best save of the
night to leave the score 1-0 at the break.
Turf were first to show after the break when Ben Shackshaft beat a
defender before firing a shot into the side netting, but it was
Stannington that went further in front when Turf’s Gregg Taylor made his
only mistake of the night by giving the ball away to Man of the Match
Alex Torr and he stayed ice cold to hit a shot that Richardson got his
hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Taylor made up for his error by twice clearing off the line. Although
the first was straightforward, the second, when Robin Elliott somehow
got his head to a corner, was nothing short of miraculous and a goal
looked certain until Taylor somehow got his head to the ball to clear
from under the bar. Turf tried to respond, but when they did find a way
through the Stannington defence Chris James’ shot was brilliantly turned
round the post by keeper Ryan. Stannington finally made the game safe
with ten minutes remaining as a clever ball in found Todd in space in
the area and he danced round the keeper before completing the scoring.
All that was left at the end was for Stannington skipper Lee Johnstone
to receive the Cup from League Chairman Keith Firminger
FC Handsworth Turf:
Liam Richardson, Craig Cansdale Tom Smith, Danny Leesley, Carl Bowler,
Gregg Taylor, James Leesley, Tom Crosby, Ben Shackshaft, Danny Wilson,
Harry Johnson Subs:Sam Atkin, Gareth Taylor, Frazer McNeil, Chris James,
Nathan Ryan, Aaron Worsfold, Ben Cook, Dean Jepson, Dan Green, Danny
Smith, Callum Pinhall, Lee Johnstone, Alex Torr, Adam Todd, Shaun Flynn
Subs: Jack Mylnek, Sami Eric, Robin Elliott, Cory Mann, Jack Ridge.
Referee: Jack Hall, Assistants: Will Cavanagh, Michael Brown (Action from the game is below - all pictures courtesy of Ian Revitt)
21 August 2014 - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL - Aston Swallownest to face Brinsworth Whitehill in Merit Final at Stocksbridge - The excellent disciplinary and sporting records of Aston Swallownest and Brinsworth Whitehill has seen them rewarded with an appearance in the Steve Gee Merit Cup Final at the Stocksbridge Park Steels stadium on Thursday 18 September. The kick-off is 7:15 and entrance is free to all.
It is a reward for both sides continued efforts to play the game in the right manner. After having just two cautions in the 2013-13 season, Aston went one better last season by having just one caution all season, while Brinsworth Whitehill had just five cautions for a second successive season. Both achieved the highest average score of 46/50 for their Sporting Awards from the other League clubs in 2013-14.
18-Sept - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL - Cup shock as Aston land the Merit Cup - A first half Ian Draper looping header and a David Sills strike after the break saw Division One Aston Swallownest beat CBC Premier Brinsworth Whitehill 2-0 in the Steve Gee Merit Cup Final, played at Stocksbridge Park Steels stadium.
Both teams started high tempo game but Brinsworth (pictured right) were the first to settle into the game, keeping possession of ball, but for all of that possession, they didn't look like breaking down Aston's well organised defence, with right back Adam Smith snuffing out several attacks. Aston looked to hit them on the break through their strike partnership of David Sills and Ian Draper and in one such break Aston broke the deadlock when a high left wing cross from Smith was met by Draper and his looping header from the edge of the area gave the Brinsworth keeper no chance.
The lead was nearly cancelled immediately from the kick-off as Brinsworth raced down pitch and despite an inviting cross across face of goal by Ross Johnson, no one could get the important touch. Just before the break, Brinsworth went close again with another cross, this time from Joe McGuiness but yet again no one was able to get a touch.
The second half started with Aston having more of the ball and Sills looked certain to double their lead until a great goal line clearance by Matt Langley kept the ball out. Brinsworth then had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Pete Henger before a terrific save by Aston keeper Scott Hall stopped Cory Goodwin from equalising. ton continued to have more of the ball this half and they took a stranglehold of the game when a swift move fell to man of the match Sills outside the area and he smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner
Brinsworth tried to respond and after another great save by Hall stopped them pulling one back they came even closer in in the final minute. A corner caused a scramble in the Aston goalmouth and after the ball was only half cleared off the line, a second attempt saw McGuiness's shot come back off the crossbar and when the ball came back out a third time, Simon Dungworth hit a great volley, but again the ball smashed against the crossbar before it was finally cleared. Aston deservedly held on to claim their first Final victory.
Aston Swallownest: Scott Hall, Adam Smith, Scott Macormac, Ross Edwards, Andrew Pearson, Ben Winter, Danny Wilcox, Billy Evans, David Sills, Ian Draper, Lee Milburn Subs: Sam Llewellyn, Konna Payne, Matt Wilton, Tom Connelly.
Brinsworth Whitehill: Richard Dowell, Danny Johnson, Jed McGowen, Josh Turner, Adam Halloub, Ryan Watson, Matt Langley, Lewis Watson, Joe McGuiness, Danny Willis, Ross Johnson Subs: Liam Faval, Cory Goodwin, Nathan Roebuck, Jack Armstrong, Simon Dungworth
Referee: Pete Henger Assistant Referees: Phil Jones and Adrian Roebuck
19 Sept 2013 - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL - Loxley go close but get Eaton for the feast of Stevens - In a terrific Steve Gee Merit Cup Final at the Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium, Division One Loxley led twice and pushed CBC Premier Handsworth Turf all the way, but two goals by Carl Eaton eventually turned the Final Turf's way, leaving their skipper Andy Stevens to celebrate his seventeenth season with the club by lifting the first silverware of the season. Stevens (left) and Eaton (right) are pictured left with the Cup.
Loxley started brightly and they created the first chance for Lee Crampton, but his shot was well saved by Turf keeper Liam Richardson. Turf responded with a good run by Ryan Foster, but Richardson was soon called on again to make a terrific save when Anthony Marshall cut in from the left and shot. Turf skipper Andy Stevens then had to head over his own bar to keep Loxley out and although a good run by Turf's Danny Leesley created a chance for Ben Shackshaft, his shot was saved by Loxley keeper Lee Crabtree.
Loxley were still on top though and Richardson had to tip a cross away to safety and a Jon Rhodes cross saw Anthony Marshall head wide before Lee Crampton had a shot deflected wide for a corner. Crampton then ran at the Turf defence before feeding Anthony Marshall and his shot crashed against the underside of the bar before Stevens headed it out for a corner. Turf hit back and broke quickly for Carl Eaton to have a shot deflected for a corner and a Stevens cross was headed narrowly over the bar by Ben Shackshaft and with Carl Bowler winning everything at the back it was Turf that were now on top, but they were rocked when keeper Richardson had to come off due to a groin injury.
Sam Atkin took over in the Turf goal, but his first touch was to pick the ball out of the net after a Marshall cross was met at the back post by Geoff Mayfield and his header back across goal was expertly finished by Piers Bond to put Loxley ahead. Turf responded with a Ryan Foster free kick that went narrowly wide and although they trailed at the interval, after the restart a Stevens shot was saved. Stevens took the resulting corner and Carl Bowler stooped to head the equaliser. Perry Jackson should then have put Turf ahead when he was clean through, but his weak shot was easily saved by Crabtree and Turf suffered a further blow when skipper Stevens also had to give way to injury.
Loxley quickly took advantage when Anthony Marshall beat three defenders before feeding Steve Mayfield and his shot squirmed under Atkin to put Loxley back in front. Their lead didn't last long though when a Jackson run opened up the Loxley defence and Tyron Wilson smashed the ball home to make it 2-2. Jackson then rounded the Loxley keeper, but he could only shoot wide, but Turf did get their noses in front when Mark Jones' cross caused confusion in the Loxley defence and Eaton smashed the loose ball into the top corner. Loxley tried to respond, but it was Turf that put the result beyond doubt when another Jackson run put the Loxley defence under pressure and when the clearance fell to Eaton twenty five yards out he hit the ball like an arrow into the bottom corner to confirm Turf's first Merit Cup Final victory - see them pictured with the trophy left. Action and more pictures from the game are below: Loxley FC; Referee Pete Henger (centre) with his assistants John Burrows (left) and Paul Cooper (right); the clubs shake hands with each other and the officials before the game; action
Handsworth Turf: Liam Richardson, Mark Jones, Andy Stevens, Ryan Foster, Carl Bowler, Danny Leesley, Tyrone Wilson, Matt Lambert, Ben Shackshaft, Carl Eaton, Perry Jackson Subs: Sam Atkin, Ryan Hardy, Ryan Taff.
Loxley: Lee Crabtree, Lewis Vessey, Alex Armstrong, Ralph Clarkson, Geoff Mayfield, Callum MacRury, Steven Mayfield, Anthony Marshall, Jon Rhodes, Lee Crampton Subs: Piers Bond, John Denton, Mick Smith, Neil Coyle, Karl Taylor.
Referee: Pete Henger. Assistant referees: John Burrows and Paul Cooper
13 Sep 2012 - STEVE GEE MERIT CUP FINAL - Blades just too sharp for Crookes - A Drew Pearson (pictured left celebrating Mo style) strike in the first half proved just enough to give Sheffield United Junior Blades Old Boys victory over Crookes & District and lift the Steve Gee Merit Trophy for the first time. The Blades were first to show and had a chance to take the lead when Jim Allen met a corner, but his header went straight to keeper Tom Garrity, and it was a similar story with Adam Whittaker's volley from another corner.
Crookes responded when Sam Firth's header from a Gareth Morley cross went close, but the goal that was to eventually earn the Blades the cup came soon after. George Rudd's run was only stopped with a foul and when Rudd whipped in the free kick Drew Pearson met it perfectly to give the keeper no chance. The Blades nearly doubled their lead when Nida Luwe's shot was cleared off the line by Mike Hickton and Adam Whittaker fired wide from an Alex Raybould cross. Crookes keeper Garrity then had to come off his line to foil Rudd and Richard Brailey had a shot brilliantly cleared off the line by Jamie Hirst.
Crookes hit back and had a Paul Jackson shot blocked and the Blades keeper Dave Marrison had to be at full stretch to turn away a Mike Dobson free kick. Crookes continued to have the better of things in the second half and a short corner routine gave Michael O'Cain a chance but he blasted over. Marrison then had to turn another free kick away, but he kept his best save until the end when he brilliantly turned away a Chris Cottyn shot to keep his clean sheet and earn the Blades their first trophy. More pictures below.
22 Sept 2011 - Bulls Head triumph in Steve Gee Merit Cup - After Kerry Dixon had drilled home an equaliser, Alan Mowforth (pictured left) scored the type of goal worthy of winning any game as Bulls Head just came out on top in a good quality Steve Gee Merit Cup Final against fellow Division One rivals Niagara.
After a start that saw both teams getting used to the big Stocksbridge Park Steels pitch it was Bulls Head that had the early chances, but last season's leading scorer missed an absolute sitter when he put the ball over the bar from little more than a yard out. Niagara's confidence grew after that and they began to take the game to Bulls Head and after a succession of corners, when the ball came out to Daniel Campbell his well placed shot skipped off the top of a defender into the top corner. Ash then missed another chance and Niagara went into the interval in front.
The second half saw Niagara looking for a second and after Danny Bainbridge's header was well saved, he looked certain to get it when he went round the keeper, but his shot came back off the post. Bulls Heaed started to have more of the ball and after some pressure the ball came out to Kerry Dixon on the edge of the area and his low shot flew through the crowd of players into the bottom corner.
Bulls Head were on top now and Joe Keighley looked certain to add a second, but his header came back off the bar. Niagara reacted and Bainbridge fired just wide, but it was Bulls Head that got the decisive second when the ball fell to Bulls man-of-the-match Alan Mowforth on the edge of the area he produced a step-over to leave a defender for dead before bending a great shot round the keeper into the net.
With their man-of-the-match Tom Staniforth driving them forward, Niagara did their best to grab the equaliser and Cooper headed wide, Bainbridge hit the side netting, but Bulls Head somehow managed to hold on until referee Matt Tyers final whistle. A final word for the officials referee Matt Tyers and his assistants, James Bell and Dennis Williams as they did a great job in a match that saw two sides play flat out without the need for any cards of any colour.
Teams: Bulls Head: Neil Gasgoine, Joe Windle, Kerry Dixon, Robert Dowber, John Marples, Tom Cocker, Matt Coates, Mark Bryant, Nick Ash, Alan Mowforth, John Kentzer. Subs: John Ward, Lee Smith, Joe Keighley, Matt Wilson, Phil Jenkins.
Niagara: James Shepherd, Craig Lonsdale, Matt Edwards, Daniel Bonnick,Ryan Sorby, Simon Staniforth, Craig Foster, Tom Staniforth, Daniel Cooper, Danny Bainbridge, Chris Smith. Subs: Bren Burns, Rikki Parsisson, Paul Cadman, Paul Bennison
Scorers: Daniel Cooper (Niagara 30 mins), Kerry Dixon (Bulls Head 75 mins), Alan Mowforth (Bulls Head 82 mins)
Referee: Matt Tyers. Assstant referees: James Bell, Dennis Williams
16 Sept 2010 - Steels re-Ward-ed with their first Steve Gee Merit Cup - Four Nick Ward strikes helped Stocksbridge Park Steels come from behind to defeat Colley 7-2 and win the Blades Super Draw League Steve Gee Merit Cup for the first time. Lee Grocock hit a real thunderbolt from twenty five yards to give Colley the lead, but it lasted less than a minute as Ward hit his first. Ward then put Steels ahead and although Colley skipper Neil Whitworth briefly levelled, Ward's third had Steels ahead at half time. After the breakColley almost levelled again when Lee Campbell hit a post, but class began to tell and as Colley began to tire, Steels took full advantage with Ward's fourth, two from skipper Adam Todd and one from John Ward. The sides shake hands before the game and Steels scorers Nick Ward, Adam Todd & John Ward celebrate with the cup. More photos from the game are below.
Despite the torrid downpours of rain the Look Local stadium at Stocksbridge was in perfect condition to stage the Steve Gee Merit Final and a thrilling game saw Laycock Sports beat The Vine 4-2.
Laycocks fell behind in the first minute when James Mitcham's shot left Grant Parkin flat footed, but they almost equalised when Sam Read had a shot well saved by Vine keeper James Marshall. Marshall then produced another great save to stop Craig Woolley heading into his own goal, but The Vine edged the first half though and deservedly led at the break.
The second half wasn't too old though when Read danced his way past three defenders before coolly slotting the ball past Marshall to equalise and Read was again involved when he met John Kilcoyne's corner with a volley that looked to be going into the net before Stavros Kontou made sure to put Laycock's in front. Their lead was extended when Steve Morris took the ball off a defender in the penalty area before beating Marshall, but The Vine hit back when Steve Wilkinson's superb free kick beat Grant Parkin in the Laycock's net. With the clock almost up The Vine had another free kick just outside the area, but this time the ball was blocked and Read pounced on the clearance to outpace The Vine defence and cap his Man of the Match performance with his second of the night.
Pictured far left is manager Mark Plumtree, veteran Andy Register and secretary Alan Parkin, while the photo second left shows Man of the Match Sam Read and skipper Steve Morris.
The Steve Gee Merit Cup Final produced a real thriller between CBC Premier Blue Ball and Division One Sheffield Civil Service at the Look Local Stadium Stocksbridge and it was last season's Division Two champions Civil Service (pictured right) that came from two down to win a penalty shoot out 5-3.
Service were first to show and thought they had the lead when Danny Fowler headed home, but referee Ian Cox had spotted an infringement and it was disallowed. Ball then took the initiative and when a Ben Cook corner was played in, after a bout of pinball in the six yard box, Joe Shaw tapped home the opener. Ball were now on top and Adam Podmore twice nearly extended their lead. After a flowing move, his first shot was blocked and soon after it needed a brilliant Carl Whitby save to keep him out. Fowler then put a half chance wide for Service, but they went into the break behind.
The second half wasn't too old when Ball looked to have the game won. Podmore collected a ball on the edge of the area before cutting inside and drilling home a low shot. Service had other ideas though and when Adam Firth played a free kick to overlapping full back Simon Hall he made it to the line and crossed for Matt Meaney to flick on for Ben Brown to stab home. Service were now on top and they soon drew level when Adam Firth hit a quick free kick into the top corner.
Meaney then went through only to lose his footing at the crucial moment, but it looked like Ball would win it with almost the last action of the game when Podmore was clean through, but Whitby saved with his legs and although the rebound fell to Joe Barker, he hit the ball wide. That took the game to a penalty shoot-out and after seven successful penalties, Ian Stacey's spot kick was saved by Whitby and Adam Firth strode up to score the clinching penalty for Service.
The Steve Gee Merit Cup went to CBC Premier Redmires as they overcame their Division One rivals Handsworth Old Boys 3-1 in a top quality final at the Look Local Stadium, Stocksbridge.
The game was just five minutes old when Sean Downing raced onto a through ball to stroke the ball calmly past the Handsworth keeper, but if Redmires thought they were going to have it all their own way, they were very much mistaken. It was Handsworth that dominated the rest of the first half and after both Dean Smith and Trevor Jones had gone close, just before the break, Jones side-stepped a defender and the keeper to chip the equaliser.
They weren't level for long though as Redmires again started the half quickly and after an almighty scramble in the Handsworth penalty area that saw the ball hit both the bar and a post, the ball fell to Danny Lindley to smash Redmires back in front. They extended their lead soon after when Andy Birks swivelled to fire home and only a terrific goalline clearance by Karl Atkins stopped Rob Womack adding a fourth. Handsworth (pictured left) did their best to get back into the game, but Redmires keeper Karl Tiler only had one save of note to make and the trophy went to Redmires.
FAIRBANK RHODES 'BASH'ED BY TRAVELLERS
Ecclesfield Travellers lifted the Steve Gee Merit Cup for the first time as two Paul Bashforth goals and one from Craig Senior gave them victory over Fairbank Rhodes.
There was more than an element of good fortune about Bashforth's first as his cross seemed to deceive the keeper to go straight into the net and there was some doubt as to whether he meant the second which flew over the stranded keepers head.
Dean Grayson did well to set Mitchell Robinson up for a chance he couldn't miss and Fairbank Rhodes were nearly back on level terms when Matt Nestor shot just wide, but Travellers settled their nerves with a third when Craig Senior got onto the end of Scott Johnson's cross for a real poachers goal.
On an emotional night the trophies were presented by the late Steve Fairbank's parents Janet and Keith Fairbank.
GEORGE HIT BACK TO DENY VILLA CUP DOUBLE
In May, Hemsworth Villa came from behind to win the League Cup at Bramall Lane, but in the Merit Cup Final the boot was on the other foot as Wes Pierce and Michael Towey goals helped Woodhouse George come from behind to lift the trophy for a second season in succession.
A MATCH, BY GEORGE
George take Merit Cup in thriller
The first trophy of the season went to last season's Division One champions Woodhouse George when their power in front of goal proved to much for a Stannington Village looking to be only the second side to complete the treble.
(Played at Stocksbridge Park Steel's, Bracken Moor on Thursday 11 September 2003, kick-off at 7:30pm)
SAY OLD BOYS COME OF AGE
Stocksbridge Park Steels' Bracken Moor stadium gave the perfect setting for the final and in the early stages it looked very much like ACC Milk Cup holders Villa would go on to complete a cup double, but, after having the lion's share of the possession, they were rocked back on their heels when Robert Pratt refused to give up a lost cause and crossed for Shane Rollinson to flick on for Alex Whitham to make no mistake from close range.
Villa worked hard to get back into it and were rewarded when levelled in style before half time and just after the break they had a couple of good chances to take the lead, but they were again stunned when Danny Franklin restored the Old Boys lead from the edge of the area.
The Old Boys then had a spell when they could do no wrong. Whitham hit his second when he cut inside before unleashing a left foot drive and a few minutes later the left foot of Robert Pratt made it four.
Villa tried hard to get back into it, but it was the Old Boys night and it was their skipper Mark Barnsley that stepped forward to collect his club's first ever trophy.
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In 2009/10, the League tried to play the Merit Cup as a secondary Cup competition and below is detail of how it was to be run and results of games played, but, due to the amount of postponed league and cup games in 2009/10 season, the management decided to abandon the competition and revert back to it's original format of inviting two teams to play in the final. The management has decided to keep the original format for the future.
The Sheffield & Hallamshire FA have sanctioned the League to change the format of the Steve Gee Merit Cup to become a knockout competition for teams knocked out of the Macron Cup in Rounds 1 and 2.
This season 20 teams will contest Round 1 and the winning 10 clubs will contest Round 2. Two of the winning five clubs will then play off to reduce the number of clubs remaining to four and they will then contest the semi finals. The two winners will then contest the final. All ties, up to and including the semi finals, will be played on the home pitch of the first drawn clubs, while the final will be played on a neutral venue before the end of this season.
The rules for the competition are similar to the League Macron Cup. Players must be registered before the ties takes place and any player that has played for a club in either the Macron Cup or the Steve Gee Merit Cup cannot play for another club in the Steve Gee Merit Cup during the same season. Ties will be played over 90 minutes, but if the scorers are still level, extra time of a maximum 15 minutes each way should be played and if the ties are still level, penalties as per FIFA rules will decide the winners.
|Birley Moor News
|Sargeant, Bayou 2, Lawton, Gabbitas
|Sills, Connelly, Smith
|Meaney 3, Griffiths
|Walker, Bridges, Lee
|Jackson 2, Grocock, Winkworth
|Crookes & District
|Turner 2, Barker, Jarvis, Von Wurbach 2, Ellis
|Higginbottom OG, Sidebottom
|Handsworth O B
|Stocksbridge P S
|Morris, Read, Parkin, Wesney, T Register
|Ward 2, Savage, Shaw
|Delaney 2, OG
|Highfield Old Crown
|Pass 3, Jebson 2, Mellor 2, D Lindley 2
|Milner, Rowntree, Baker
|Handsworth Old Boys
|Roberts 2, Mellor, OG
|Competition abandoned due to number of postponed games
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