York FA Jnr Cup Final | Cliffe FC vs. Fulford (N) 26th April 2014
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York FA – Saturday Junior Cup Final
FT: Cliffe FC 2 – 0 Fulford
Cliffe FC – York FA Saturday Junior Cup – Winners 2013/2014
Cliffe FC are crowned York FA Junior Cup winners with a 2-0 win against Fulford, birthday boy Adam Durnin with the winner late-on and Si Houlder scoring in the final few minutes.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
“Another great day, a really great effort from the whole squad. Again great support from the whole club. Excellent.”
~ Keith Tiplady, 27th April 2014.
A less than smooth FA Cup campaign that started way back in September with a 9-0 preliminary round win against Crayke culminated in a 2-0 win against Fulford.
The first half was an even affair, Fulford having the ball in Cliffe’s half for a good portion of the 45 whilst Cliffe drew saves from Fulford’s ‘keeper at the other end, Tom Hogg and Chris Jackson both having close range shots saved. Whilst the score remained goal-less at the break, Cliffe knew they had more to give in the second half.
Cliffe began bright in the second-half and looked most likely to score but they had to remain patient, numerous shots blocked, a breakaway saw Ian Beckram flash a shot over the bar and Ryan Sedman see a cross that floated over the ‘keeper and crashed off the bar. A quick thinking set-piece with around quarter hour remaining saw Andy Addison slide a ball across the box that found it’s way onto the right foot of Adam Durnin that managed to squeeze his shot through a crowd of players and into the net, a cup final winning goal a perfect way to celebrate his birthday, 1-0 to Cliffe. Fulford had to chase the game in an attempt to grab and equaliser in an attempt to send the tie to penalties and committed more men forward but Cliffe sealed the win in the final minutes, Reuben Pearse – who celebrates his birthday the day after Durnin – played the through ball for Si Houlder to slot under the ‘keeper and into the net to put the tie beyond Fulford and make the final score 2-0. The travelling Cliffe contingent making their presence felt with their own version of “The Poznan.” – 2-0 the final score, Cliffe FC – York FA Cup Winners 2013/14.
Cliffe FC now look towards Tuesday evening’s East Riding County Cup Final against Drum Athletic, 7pm kick-off @ The Balk, Pocklington.
Cliffe FC then host Bishopthorpe in league action on Saturday in their final home game of the season where a win will confirm a top 2 spot for the Oxen Lane club.
Remaining Cliffe FC Fixtures;
TUESDAY 29th April, 7pm – ERCFA Qual Cup Final – Cliffe FC vs. Drum Athletic (@ The Balk, Pocklington)
SATURDAY 3rd May, 2.30pm – Div Two – Cliffe FC vs. Bishopthorpe United
WEDNESDAY 7th May, 6.30pm – Div Two – Thorpe United vs. Cliffe FC
MONDAY 12th May, 6.45pm – League Jnr Cup Final – South Milford vs. Cliffe FC (Venue TBA)
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Wes Pears.
LRB Trophies Fulford MOTM: Arron Jefferys.
Laverack, Sedman, Pearse, Durnin, Pears, Addison, Beckram (C), Carter, Hogg (Kirkham), Taylor (Edwards), Jackson (Houlder).
Cliffe FC Goals: Durnin, Houlder.