Hawkesmill Sports Win The Coventry Charity Cup

Hawkesmill Sports are the 2017 winners of the Coventry Charity Football Cup after a 4-1 penalties victory against Woodlands WMC.

This all Coventry Alliance final at the Ricoh Arena, where security was at a critical level with armed police on hand, Woodlands were the first to have a chance with a Lee Greenway shot flying wide in the opening minute.

Hawkesmill Sports, who beat AEI Rugby in the Semi-Final, replied with two corners in the fourth minute.

They had a third in the 12th minute which Brook punched away. When the ball came back in Harvey Headley got in a header that hit Brook’s right hand post and came out for Stuart Paget to clear.

Ben Twitter fired wide from long range before a poor Hindmarsh kick went for the first of two corners.

Dec Doherty shot high and wide for a Hawkesmill Sports side which then won two corners.

Harvey Headley worked well for Hawkesmill all night and earned a free kick which Cooper fired at Brook and on the half-hour mark, played in Luke Malin for a shot that hit the left-hand post of Steve Brook.

As the game neared half-time, Ben Cole who was always a threat, got in a 37th minute diving header which had to be blocked.

In the 53rd minute, Hawkesmill went on the attack and had a shot blocked with Luke Malin coming in and firing over.

Decent chances became something of a premium but in the 82nd minute, Woodlands substitute Didi Warner thundered in a 25 yarder which Tommy Hindmarsh brilliantly pushed over for a corner.

Hawkesmill did get the ball in the net in the first minute of stoppage time when Gaffney bundled home but the flag was up and the game went into extra time.

Hindmarsh pushed over a Ben Johnson shot in the second period of extra time and in the 116th, a scramble saw the ball hitting the Woodlands post yet again.

The deadlock was not broken so it was down to penalties.

Harvey Headley went first for Hawkesmill and scored with Lee Buggea having his spot kick saved by Hindmarsh.

Sean Gaffney put Hawkesmill 2-0 up with Craig Henderson blasting over his kick.

Rob Campbell made it 3-0 with Carlo Welland getting Woodland on the board by firing home his spot kick.

James Bryson stepped for Hawkesmill, knowing that if he scored, Hawkesmill Sports would win the Coventry Charity Football Cup and this Bryson did with complete composure, sparking wild scenes amongst his delighted team mates.



Penalties Hawkesmill Sports 4-1 Woodlands WMC

Hawkesmill Sports: Tommy Hindmarsh, Rob McGrane, Kyle Walker, James Bryson, Rob Campbell, Tim Cooper (Phil Evans 100), Jay Toye, Declan Doherty (Sean Gaffney 71), Harvey Headley, Luke Malin (Ben Morgan 77), Rory Turnbull. Subs: James Harris, Yaser Adnan.

Woodlands WMC: Steve Brook, Ben Thackeray, Chris Edwards (Didi Warner 80), Lee Buggea, Stuart Paget, Craig Henderson, Ben Johnson, Carlo Welland, Lee Greenway (James Darlaston 69, Ben Twigger, Ben Cole. Subs: Jai Stanley, Dan Cassidy, Steve Dingley

Referee Tom Kidd. Assistants Luke Murphy & Mariuz Tormon. Fourth Official Joe Clarke.

David Kite Man Of The Match – Ben Cole (Woodlands WMC)



Report by Kev Monks for the Coventry Charity Football Cup Committee


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