Elloughton Win Cup After Eight-Goal Thriller
Elloughton Blackburn secured the Alf Bolder Memorial Youth Cup after a 5-3 victory over North Ferriby FC Whites. In an exciting fixture at the Roy West Centre, it was end-to-end from start to finish, with some excellent goals being scored.
North Ferriby scored within the opening fifteen seconds as Max Brocklesby rifled his shot into the far corner from the edge of the area. However, Elloughton were level just a minute later as Harry Bursell fired in from close-range, following a good save by Seth Acton. The Ferriby keeper had to be sharp moments later to deny Kian Holborough, before defenders Ethan Bennett and Taylor Cline couldn’t convert from a whipped free-kick delivery.
Elloughton then had an attempt cleared off the line in a goalmouth scramble, before Bennett saw his effort blocked on the line. In the other goal, Owen Rennison was sharp off the line to deny Ferriby’s Brocklesby, before the striker flashed a low shot wide across the goalmouth.
Both teams produced great attacking displays as Kevin Chanayia didn’t connect with his volley properly, while Bennett blocked Brocklesby’s shot. Dennison was then quick to close down Sam Miles, after the midfielder was played through on goal, while Freddie Cutsforth fired his effort straight at Acton. The Elloughton striker wasn’t going to be denied moments later as a good team move on the right saw Chanayia flick Jacob Hodgson’s cross into the path of Cutsforth, who fired in from close-range to give his side a 2-1 lead at the half-time interval.
In the second-half, it took Ferriby just six minutes from the restart to score their equaliser. A long pass was brought down by Dylan Revell and he confidently lobbed his finish over Rennison to score. Immediately from the restart, Acton produced a good save to deny Hodgson, before Bailey Young had to block Chanayia’s goal bound effort.
Elloughton retook the lead on the hour mark as Bursell’s low cross was met by Jensen Hattersley to make it 3-2. However, nine minutes later and it was all level again as Miles tapped in at the back post from a well-worked corner routine. Two minutes later and Elloughton took the lead again. This time, Hattersley released Cutsforth and the striker rounded Acton before finishing into an empty net.
Ferriby pushed for an equaliser in the latter stages of the game as Huey Styles headed over from a corner, before Rennison saved well to deny Revell’s header. Elloughton then secured their fifth in stoppage-time as Styles sliced Hodgson’s cross into his own net, as they secured the Alf Bolder Memorial Youth Cup.
NORTH FERRIBY FC WHITES: 1. Seth Acton (GK), 3. Josh Featherstone, 11. Harry Sharp, 9. Bailey Young, 10. Isaac Hutchinson, 20. Dylan Revell, 14. Sam Miles, 2. Huey Styles, 18. Harvey Taylor, 17. Ethan Donkin, 10. Joel Sheppard. Rolling Substitute: 6. Max Brocklesby.
ELLOUGHTON BLACKBURN: 13. Owen Rennison (GK), 6. Daniel Greenacre, 4. Ethan Bennett, 5. Taylor Cline, 18. Jensen Hattersley, 7. Finley Parker, 12. Kevin Chanayia, 14. Jacob Hodgson, 3. Harry Bursell, 9. Freddie Cutsforth, 11. Kian Holborough. Rolling Substitutes: 16. Max Adamson, 19. Josh Watson, 8. Charlie Todd, 15. Theo Youngman.
MATCH OFFICIALS: Adam Shimmin (Referee), Dave Shimmin & Tom Wilson (Assistant Referee’s), Mark Shimmin (Fourth Official)
North Ferriby FC Whites Manager Dave Hutchinson:
“Firstly, we appreciate the East Riding FA’s efforts in getting the cup finals on in this most unusual year. After a flying start from ourselves by scoring in the opening minute, we failed to hold onto the advantage for long.
“Unfortunately, conceding five goals does not win you football matches. That said, Elloughton Blackburn played very well and showed great team spirit and organisation to come out worthy winners as the best team won on the night.”
Elloughton Blackburn Manager Roger Bennett:
“Everyone at Elloughton Blackburn FC greatly appreciate the East Riding FA for the organisation and planning to pull off an excellent occasion for both sets of clubs and spectators.
“We didn’t make the best of starts after conceding in the first minute, but we were pleased how quickly we responded and that helped settle us down. After equalising, we felt Ferriby had the better of the game and we were fortunate to get to half-time ahead. We were pegged back once again in the early part of the second half, but we responded well and ran out deserving winners in the end.”