Newlands net penalty shoot-out win against Traf in Sunday FA Cup final

Sunday cup final report
Sunday cup final report

Newlands claimed a 4-3 victory in Friday night's dramatic Scarborough FA Sunday Cup final against rivals Trafalgar at a soggy Thornton Dale pitch.

An action-packed second half saw both sides score two goals apiece, in a crazy 10-minute spell just after the midway point, during which Newlands man of the match Ben Briggs also saw red for kicking the ball away, giving ref George Roberts no option but to give the defender his second caution.

Thornton Dale's groundsman Mike Barnes deserves a lot of credit for getting the pitch ready for this game, and the final started at an electric pace, midfielder Liam Cooper going close with an early shot for Newlands.

Teenage forward Jacob Codling made a very bright start down the left wing for Newlands, forcing Traf to switch George Rose to right-back and this move paid off as he largely contained the first-half threat of the youngster.

Stand-in keeper Leigh Watson had an outstanding game for Newlands, and he tipped over a fine shot from Traf striker Billy Logan, Dean Craig also going close for Traf.

Gaz Thomas came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes, his vicious curling left-foot shot beating Watson but cannoned off his right-hand post.

Tempers then started to flare between the two sides, as Traf centre-back Shaun Dodson and Newlands defender Johnny Manson were both shown yellow cards for late challenges.

Cooper then dragged a shot wide for Newlands, Traf defender Danny White also having his name taken and then Logan's free-kick was superbly saved by Watson.

A great tackle from Dodson then denied Codling with the teenager almost through on goal and Watson then tipped over a Wayne Aziz cross-shot, the latter then heading wide when well-placed.

After the interval the teams seemed to take a while to get going and several more bookings disrupted the flow of the game.

Ryan Rivis fired wide when in a good position for Newlands then Cooper made a good block to deny Logan and Watson's spectacular save maintained the goalless scoreline.

Traf switched to three up front with player-boss Liam Salt coming on for left-winger Liam Vasey on the hour mark.

Nine minutes later Logan fired home a low free-kick after Briggs had committed a foul 20 yards out and received a yellow card.

Newlands levelled less than two minutes later, Cooper's superb free-kick from the right seeing Briggs head home at the far post, and another super Cooper setpiece was headed in by sub Jack Ramos two minutes later.

Less than a minute later Briggs was sent off for his second bookable offence, booting the ball away after a decision had gone against Newlands, and Traf made the extra man pay two minutes later when Sean Exley's shot took a wicked deflection and beat Watson.

Newlands' 10 men defended stoutly for the final 12 minutes and the game went to penalties.

The Newlands player-boss Ben Luntley fired the first spot-kick past Traf keeper Liam Giles, then Watson smothered a scuffed penalty from White.

Cooper then doubled Newlands' lead, Logan replying for Traf and Rivis maintaining his side's 100 per cent record.

Exley's shot made it 3-2 despite Watson almost keeping it out and Codling kept his cool to put Newlands 4-2 up, Salt pulling it back to 4-3.

Ramos then stepped up to seal the win for Newlands but a brilliant save by Giles kept Traf hopes alive, only for Dodson to blast his effort wide and spark the Newlands celebrations.

Briggs was the star man for Newlands, but Watson, Codling and Cooper also deserve a mention for their fine performances, while Rose, Niall Gibb and Aziz impressed for Traf.