Underdogs Langold FC shocked the Worksop Sunday League by winning the Challenge Cup with a superb display and a 1-0 win over favourits Manton Club JFC.
In a game that was dominated by higher league JFC, it was no surprise to see them have the better early chances.
The first came on 10 minutes when Matthew Thompsons got his head on a Jonathan Bownes cross only to see his effort cleared off the line by Damo Anderson.
Within minutes some neat play saw striker Tom Mullen let fly from 15 yards only for veteran keeper Gary Hudson to pull off a fantastic one handed save.
Thompson then fizzed a low cross across the box which evaded everyone and narrowly went wide, before Mullen was sent clean through after a great Ado White pass, this time Mullen beat Hudson only for Anderson to make yet another goal line clearance.
Mark Foster saw his 20 yard effort go wide of the post.
And at the other end JFC keeper Danny McCusker found himself a spectator for most of the half, watching his team do all but score as half-time came with the score at 0-0.
The second half started pretty much the same with JFC making any early opening but found no way past Hudson in the Langold goal.
As the game went on the self belief grew more and more within the Langold squad, with Jono Williamson and Russell Bird working tirelessly in midfield while the JFC strikers found failed to get past centre halves Jack Searles and Anderson.
On the hour Mullen found himself in a great position on the left and from no where Kyle Goulding put in a match winning tackle just as the striker was about to pull the trigger.
It was Evan Stead’s turn to be clean though on goal but missed the target, while White’s free-kick was headed into the side netting by Matthew Button.
Langold’s hard work and heroic defending then paid off when in the 75th minute a long ball forward saw target man Ben Gillatt shrug off Bownes and James Hall and finish from 10 yards to mark wild celebrations between the Langold supporters and players.
JFC continued to press, crosses were pumped into the box, the corner count was over 20, however the determination of the Langold players was brilliant.
Shot were blocks, last ditch tackles were made, and manager Chris Randall kicked every ball with his players.
With the game in stoppage time a ball over the top saw Thompson finish, only for the lineman’s flag to dubiously judge the JFC skipper to be offside, when Mullen and Button were offside and Thompson was clearly in an onside position.
Following that referee Gareth Davies blew the final whistle to send the Langold players into joyous celebration as they completed the double by adding the Challenge Cup to the already won Division Two title.
Langold keeper and skipper Hudson was named Man of the Match and collected the Phil Storey Memorial Award.
The Sunday League would like to thank both teams for taking part in a good spirited game of football and the hundreds of local people who attended to help make it a great cup final.
This weekend JFC will be looking for solace as they take on Shireoaks Sports in the Benevolent Cup final which kicks off at 11am at Manton Club.