at Inkersall Road, home of Staveley Miners Welfare
North Midland U19 League, League Cup Final
Sheffield FC U19 (2) 4
Max Pemberton 6, 73
Brad Bowland 30
Billy Wharam 84
Worksop Town U19 (1) 1
Harry Johnson 79
Click HERE to see Ben Webster of Sheffield FC's excellent Flickr photo set from the NMU19L LC Final.
Sheffield FC U19:
Green, Shirley, Lumley, Wharam, White, Whittaker (Mike Fereday 51), Pemberton (c), Rogers (Torr 81), Mark Fereday, Bowland, Barnsley (McKenzie-Grey 90+1)
Unused subs - Nicholls, Johnson
Worksop Town U19:
Platts, Robinson, Johnson, Shires, Flannery (c), Billau (Knowles 70), Littlewood, Salt, Twell, Elliott, Camm (Davies 62)
Unused subs - Sahouet, Dobson, Galliford
|Amber & black ... proper Worksop Town colours.|
Knowing the magnanimous and sporting people behind Sheffield Club as well as I do, I'm sure they would be the first to concede that the Dronfield based sides 2-0 half time lead, owed much to an outstanding performance from their goalkeeper Joe Green, who put in an inspired shift.
In between Sheffield's two first half strikes, their backline ... and Green in particular ... repelled wave upon wave of attacks from Kelvin Stannington's side and it beggared belief that they went in at the break two goals to the good.
But the Worksop players will have learnt a valuable lesson tonight; in so much as: it's all well and good playing attack minded football that is easy on the eye, but you've got to put your chances away too.
As Sheffield had shown when they snatched a late, late victory against Staveley on their last visit to Inkersall Road, they stay focussed right up until the final whistle and work damn hard for each other too. And it was those attributes that ultimately won them the League Cup final tonight.
|Man of the match - Sheffield FC keeper Joe Green|
Of course, one could also counter claim that Pemberton was in the right place at the right time because of his penchant for making non stop runs into the right zones, on a night when he put in a real captain's performance.
Though Joe Green deserved his man of the match award, voted for by Sheffield, Worksop Town and neutrals alike, Pemberton's high performance work rate didn't go unnoticed either.
|Cup Final Programme|
But, with the Tigers pushing on in search of more goals in a bid to take the final into extra time, Sheffield counter attacked and Billy Wharam put the game beyond the north Notts clubs reach on 84 minutes, when a Harvey Torr and Reece White free kick routine, presented him with the simplest of headed goals from close range.
An interesting contrast in styles tonight, made for an absorbing game, that was a credit to the North Midland Under 19's League and the ever growing stature and reputation it is currently enjoying.
Apparently, there are moves afoot to change the format of the NMU19L next season.
Thankfully, those decisions are being made by people who know more about football than me and understand the need of the League's member clubs more too.
But, my personally take on things, is that if it isn't broken, why fix it?
Just saying like!
Good luck to the Tigers U19 manager Kieran Stalingrad, with the new job at Hallam FC next season.