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 Joy for Ketton as they seal dramatic SRSN Daniels Cup triumph


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Ketton

2

Blackstones

1

Tiago Murajo

 

Jack Bates

 

Will Bird

     

 


by John Feetham

 

Ketton

 

Ketton held out against a late Blackstones onslaught on Sunday afternoon to  put their name on the SRSN Daniels Cup.

Rob Ward and Andy Gray

Andy Gray (Left) and Rob Ward



A crowd of over 200 witnessed a dramatic conclusion to what would be the final game on the Zeeco pitch before it is rested and treated for the new season.

 

Turajo Murano had put Ketton ahead midway through the second half before Will Bird looked to have sealed it with five minutes to go. However, Jack Bates pulled one back for Stones and deep into injury time Blackstones goalkeeper Liam Harrold crashed a header against the bar.

 

It wasn’t to be for Stones, however, as they looked to retain the trophy and Ketton’ management duo of Rob Ward and Andy Gray signed off with some silverware before they step down at the end of the season.

 

Blackstones, who hadn’t played since their semi-final win over Cottesmore early in April, started brightly, Matt Simpson heading a Ben Porter corner over the crossbar. At the other end Dom Jones rattled a free-kick against the post.

 

Ketton goalkeeper Dan Swan watched a bobbling Scott Ginty effort safely into his gloves at the other end while Harrold did well to take a swirling Jones effort into his midrift.

 

Swan then made a superb block to throw himself in front of Josh Russell’s close range effort and deflect it behind for a corner.

 

Dan Swan SRSN MOM

Man of the match - Ketton's Dan Swan receives his trophy from SRSN's John Feetham

 



'Good early openings'

Blackstones created some good early openings in the second half. Jones De Sousa raced onto a Porter throughball but lifted his effort over the bar when one on one with Swan.

 

They then had a strong shout for a penalty when Josh Russell was brought down in the box but referee Shaun Gray adjudged that the initial contact had happened outside the area. Scott Ginty blasted the free-kick against the wall. Porter took the next Stones free-kick but it was straight at Swan.

 

With 20 minutes to go the deadlock was broken. A long free-kick by Swan saw Will Bird jump with Harrold, the ball broke free and Murajo sent a brilliant first time volley crashing against the underside of the bar and in.

 

Stones looked to respond immediately. Substitute Joe Bates saw a powerful effort well blocked by Ketton skipper Seb Hood. Swan then tipped over an Adam Piergianni header.

 

The Rutland side always looked dangerous on the break and, with five minutes to go, so it proved. A long clearance by Ben Waldron was nabbed by Bird who chipped the ball past Harrold.

 

Stones refused to lie down, Ginty had an effort deflected just wide and, with a minute to go, got their lifeline. A surging run from De Sousa ended with his effort deflected down off the bar to Jack Bates who was on hand to nod into the empty net.

 

With three minutes of added time signalled, Stones sensed an equaliser. A deep cross resulted in a looping Piergianni header that Swan superbly tipped over. From the resultant corner, Porter’s delivery was crashed against the crossbar by Harrold.

 

The final whistle brought joy for Ketton who, in winning the competition, had seen off two UCL sides in Bourne and Blackstones.

 

SRSN's John Feetham commented: "Thank you to Ketton and Blackstones for putting on a brilliantly entertaining final. Thank you to our match officials and to the other six teams that contested the SRSN Daniels Cup this year. We look forward to running the competition next season."

 

SRSN Blackstones

 

Man of the match (sponsored by Precision Sports) Dan Swan

 

KETTON: Dan Swan, Stewart Lambie, James Dalby, Mat Bird (Ben Waldron), Seb Hood, Martin Trawford (Carl Brampton), Connor Breakell (Tiago Murajo), James Betts, Will Bird, Dom Jones, Greg Rawlinson. Subs unused: Kian Peace and Matt Biggs

 

STONES: Liam Harrold, Matt Simpson, Jack Bates, Jake Pell, Adam Piergianni, Ben Porter, Dan French, Jones De Sousa, Josh Russell (Joe Bates), Scott Ginty, Danny Barker. SUBS: Matt Cook, Nick Butler, Iain Brockbank and Jonny Hands.

 

Match officials:

Referee: Shaun Gray

Assistants: Chris Day and Simon Towe

4th official: Dave Walker

 

Ketton

Match Stats

Stones

     

8

Total Shots

17

4

Shots On Target

6

4

Shots Off Target

8

0

Shots Blocked

3

9

Free Kicks

13

0

Corners

6

4

Offside

3

2

Yellow Cards

1

0

Red Cards

0


Published: 08/05/2017





 
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