Greendale Oak lift Worksop Sunday League’s Challenge Cup

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Greendale Oak lifted the Worksop Sunday League Challenge Cup after beating St Josephs at Manton.

Both teams have been established in Sunday league football for many years, however, both have lacked silverware over the last few seasons which made the fixture all the more competitive.

St Josephs started as favourites to win the game having just missed out on winning the league narrowly when succumbing to Worksop Borough in the final league game of the season, which confirmed Worksop Borough as Division One champions.

Conditions were perfect for both teams and the game started slowly with the better chances being created by St Josephs.

Matty Gray had to be alert on a number of occasions keeping the St Joseph’s forward line at bay.

Greendale created chances of their own with the hardworking Connor Conway keeping the Joes defence honest.

Half way through the first half the deadlock was broken with a spectacular free-kick, which was dispatched from 20 yards out by Kyle Wesley leaving St Joseph’s keeper with no chance of keeping his effort out.

The game ebbed and flowed towards half-time with both teams probing. Referee Liam Marsh blew the half-time whistle with Greendale going into the break one up.

Play resumed in the second half with Josephs playing down the slopem and the second half developed as the first with both teams probing, no clear cut chances being created by either side and the game becoming scrappy.

The game changed when mid-way through the second half when Greendale increased their lead with a well worked move down the right, which was converted by a deft flick from Chris Rose beating the Josephs keeper.

Tactical changes saw St Joseph’s up the impetus a number of half chances were created but not converted by the Joe’s forward line.

Greendale did look dangerous on the counter attack as St Josephs pushed forward in the search for a goal, but the Greendale defence marshalled by Carl Lake remained resistant.

Referee Marsh blew the final whistle to ruckus scenes of celebration from the Greendale bench, confirming Greendale Oak as the Challenge Cup winners 2016.

Storey man-of-the-Match award was presented to Kyle Wesley.