The remaining two cup finals were played out in the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League at the weekend as both the Senior Cup, and Intermediate Cup competitions reached their conclusion at Basford’s Greenwich Avenue.
A dominant performance form Dunkirk gave them the NSL Senior Cup, they seeing off Clifton All Whites FCB 5-1, whilst a stunning, late finale, from Shirebrook Soldiers, afforded them a 3-1 win against Bestwood Colliery.
Following an even first half, in front of more than two hundred spectators, Dunkirk ran out worthy winners following a strong, second half performance, after leading 2-1 at the break, goals for the victors coming from Noah Edmunds with two, and one each for Liam Honeyman, Robbie Manners, and Ben Wallis, Clifton’s reply being netted by Jamie Williamson.
Respective line-ups for the Senior Cup final would be as follows….
Dunkirk – Benjamin Braithwaite, Harry Chadwick, Ben Wallis, Harvi Weatherall, Harrison Mellors, Tyler Beard, Liam Towle, Ashley Kelly, Liam Honeyman, Robbie Manners, Noah Edmunds.
Clifton AW – Jack Craidge, Emanuel Ihanacho, Rasharn Altaf, Jamie Williamson, Sam Burrows, Kailum Richards, George Houghton-Clarke, Issa Gayle, Lewis Williams, Caldrick Dunkley, Martin Bassey.
A somewhat tighter affair was witnessed in the early kick-off, with Bestwood leading 1-0 at the interval through a Jake Fisher penalty; within minutes of the restart and Ben Charlesworth had levelled for Shirebrook, and that looking like that would be it, and penalties would be needed to split the two sides.
However, with stoppage time being reached, Keane Darby afforded the Soldiers the lead then no sooner had those celebrations dissipated, they were at it again, and, after a four-on-one attack, and Charlesworth would be on hand to wrap up victory.
A handful of league games were also played at the weekend, all three coming in Division One, and involved the top two sides.
Under the Friday night lights, Radcliffe Olympic got the victory they needed in which to claim the title, seeing off visitors Ruddington Village 3-0, all three goals arriving in the first half with Ed Smyth and Benjamin Castell among the scorers.
Saturday would see West Bridgford finalise runners-up with a comfortable, 4-0 home win, over Hucknall Town Reserves, goals coming from Sanyo Campbell, Lewis Heron, substitute Imoleoluwa Adebayo, and Scott Eddyshaw, whilst the other game played would see Meden Vale Colts win 4-2 at Beeston, Brandon Clarke with a hat-trick.
For added measure this week, a little on the Eastwood & Kimberley All Stars, the charity football side adding a further £400+ to the pot with an 11-2 win over Willow Wanderers on Friday night; Elliot Jones would register four, alongside braces from both Daz Miller and Ben Fones, and solo efforts from Olaf Milewicz, Ash Eaton and Andy Storer.
The current total raised by the Charity All Stars team stands at more than £13,500 and you can follow their continued exploits via their Twitter here.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @robhornby action from the NSL final between Dunkirk & Clifton.