A hat-trick by Callum Harrison, as well as a brace from Josh Vickers and a goal from Keane Parsons sealed the prestigious trophy for LIV Supplies, with Jamie Elton scoring for Linnet at the Roy West Centre.
It took just four minutes for the opening goal of the final to be scored as Harrison turned his man well before rifling his shot into the bottom corner. Parsons then fired his free-kick over the bar, before Linnet should have equalised through Jordon Moss, as Chris Bucknall’s corner skimmed the top of the midfielder’s head, before going wide of the goal.
Linnet was punished for that missed chance as LIV doubled their lead as Harrison rose highest to head in Parsons’ corner, despite their being appeals for a foul on Linnet goalkeeper Callum Barrett. Parsons’ set-pieces proved to be influential as his next corner was met by Josh Pickersgill, but the defender headed over. Pickersgill’s fellow defender Jamie Taylor produced a stunning block to deny Josh Rollinson, before Moss saw his rebounded effort hit the post.
Nathan Williams was then called into action to deny Rollinson from range while Moss saw a dipped effort go over the bar as Linnet grew into the game. Phil Welsh then headed over Chris Henderson’s corner, before LIV scored their third on the 29th minute. Callum Dransfield crossed for Jamie Eccles and the midfielder saw his volleyed effort hit the crossbar, but Harrison was on hand to fire the loose ball into the net to complete his hat-trick.
Despite it ending 3-0 at half-time, there was still plenty of opportunities for both teams to score as Dransfield fired wide from Pickersgill’s cross, while Rollinson dragged his effort wide for Linnet. Harrison then hit the post from a tight angled effort, before Nathan Walker produced a vital block to deny Bucknall.
In the second-half, Barrett produced two stunning saves to deny Vickers and Steven Robinson respectively as the strikers linked up on both opportunities, before Linnet hit the woodwork for a second time through Moss’ effort. Moss then saw another effort deflect wide before Williams was fortunate that his mistake from Marley Harwood’s cross didn’t end up in the back of his own net.
Vickers then scored his first goal of the game just past the hour mark as great skill by Adam Ali was followed by a good pass to release Vickers through on goal and the striker calmly chipped the onrushing Barrett to score. However, just three minutes later and Linnet got a goal back as Elton rose highest to head in Moss’ corner.
Five minutes later though and LIV scored their fifth in this end-to-end fixture as Parsons raced through on goal and rifled his finish into the bottom corner, despite Barrett getting a hand to it. The Linnet goalkeeper did well though to deny Shawn Matongo’s curling effort after Parsons guided his header wide from Dransfield’s delivery.
Nathan Pickering should have done better with his first touch as he was picked out in space from the right wing, but Williams was sharp off his line to deny the substitute, before Vickers scored LIV’s sixth. The striker picked off Elton’s loose pass and he raced through, before burying his finish into the bottom corner to secure his brace.
Linnet could have reduced the deficit in the last minutes of the game as Jason Watson saw his header crash off the crossbar, before the striker saw his second effort well saved by Williams. Vickers did have a chance to complete his hat-trick in stoppage-time, but his effort was held by Barrett as LIV Supplies secured the President Cup.
LINNET BOWERY: 1. Callum Barrett (GK), 3. Marley Harwood, 16. Finley Crawshaw, 18. Mark Houlton, 2. David Kocsis, 8. Jordon Moss, 10. Jamie Elton, 7. Chris Henderson, 4. Phil Welsh, 12. Chris Bucknall, 15. Josh Rollinson. Substitutes: 11. Kieran Graham, 9. Nathan Pickering, 14. Cory Cooper, 5. Jason Watson, 17. Keith Palmer.
LIV SUPPLIES: 1. Nathan Williams (GK), 5. Jamie Taylor, 14. Josh Pickersgill, 15. Nathan Walker, 8. Scott Harrison, 12. Adam Ali, 9. Stephen Robinson, 17. Jamie Eccles, 10. Callum Harrison, 7. Keane Parsons. Substitutes: 6. Daniel Moore, 18. Callum Dransfield, 16. Joshua Vickers, 11. Lee Geraghty, 3. Shawn Matongo.
MATCH OFFICIALS: Richard Jubb (Referee), Cameron Hoyle & Carl Baker (Assistant Referee’s), John Redfern (Fourth Official)
LIV Supplies Player Manager Neill Dransfield:
“We’re delighted to win the President Cup. I thought Linnet Bowery gave it a good go throughout the game and was very unlucky not to have scored more as they had a few chances that hit the woodwork.
“I think the difference between the sides today was we had a clinical strike force with Callum Harrison getting a hat-trick, Josh Vickers getting two and Keane Parsons getting one as well. We took our chances today while Linnet didn’t and that was the difference.”