Dog Daisy United 3
Dearne & District 0
Scorers: Curtis Wilkinson 2, Josh Moore
Attendance : 1,800
Dog Daisy United
Les Payne's report : IT was a 3-0 scoreline that definitely did mean something to Dog Daisy Utd this time - enabling them to fulfill a dream and kick out of bed their nightmare!
A year ago, Dog Daisy were three up inside the first 11 minutes before becoming the only team ever to shed a three-goal lead and lose a final in the long history of the Mexborough Montagu Cup.
This time, there was a determination about them not to let anything slip through their fingers and it didn’t as they beat first-time finalists Dearne & District 3-0 in front of a large crowd at Hampden Road on Easter Monday.
A three-goal margin suggests it was straightforward but it wasn’t because Dog Daisy had to work hard and show great defensive qualities to quell the Central Midlands League outfit.
They did it so well that it wasn’t until that lead had been established midway through the second half that Dearne were really able to make a couple of clear opportunities. When they couldn’t capitalise, they, their opponents and everyone else, knew the game was up!
Dog Daisy went in front on 15 minutes and the ease of it was in contrast to the tight, in-your-face competitiveness from both sides in that opening spell.
Following a throw-in, Bayley Lowe eased forward, spotted the run from midfield of Curtis Wilkinson, slid the ball into his path and he guided it coolly past the advancing keeper. Devastatingly simple.
Dearne, down the slope, enjoyed more of the first half possession but Dog Daisy were strong at the back with Owen Fieldsend setting an example at the heart of the defence and they really restricted the clear openings, the best effort being Carlton Carey’s angled effort beaten away by Declan Ogley.
Goal apart, neither side had been able to really find a way through before Dog Daisy grasped the Mont in both hands early in the second half.
On 55 minutes, Alex Wilkinson’s cultured left foot curled in a dangerous corner towards the back post where brother Curtis Wilkinson rose to get his second goal with a fine, decisive header.
Seven minutes later, a classic breakaway provided the Mexborough side’s third goal.
Tommy Needham - like scorer Wilkinson, a big influence in midfield - made a great ball-winning challenge deep in his own half. He slid a perfect pass down the right flank for Lowe who timed his run perfectly. The cross was perfection too to give Josh Moore an easy sidefoot finish ten yards out.
Dearne needed a quick response to give them even a sniff and only smart work by keeper Ogley at the feet of Jimmy Ghaichem prevented one.
With 20 minutes left, a Ghaichem shot on the turn had Ogley saving smartly and any lingering Dearne hopes of a late surge were over when Conner Williamson couldn’t connect following a corner.
All the time they were keeping a grip, Dog Daisy had possibilities on the break and almost had a fourth near the end when sub Josh Critchley, with his first touch, had Sam Andrews tipping over to prevent a fourth.
So, a new name on the illustrious trophy. A year on but better late than never for Dog Daisy who are hunting several trophies this season.
The match was very well handled by referee Malc Levitt.
DOG DAISY UTD: Ogley, Yates, A Wilkinson, Fieldsend, Gosling-Skelton, Kelly, C Wilkinson, Needham, Moore, Phillis, Lowe. Subs: Deakin, Jeeves, Barlow, Ford, Critchley.
DEARNE&DISTRICT: Andrews, Marsden, Paling, Williamson, Austin, Lambert, Clark, Ghaichem, Guest, Green, Carty. Subs: Berry, Williams, Allott, Boocock, Nightingale.
Referee: Malcolm Levitt (Wombwell).
The Peter Taylor Man of the Match Trophy: Owen Fieldsend
Peter Taylor was one of the guys that kept the competition going back in the day. It was 20 years ago that Peter passed.
Today, Peter's grand-daughter, Aimee Helliwell, presented the trophy to Dog Daisy's Owen Fieldsend.
Peter's father, George Albert won the Mont in 1914 and 1918 and was also a committee member into his 70's. Peter's daughter, Janet, also had a stint on the committee.
Thanks to Grassroot.T.V.
1st goal at 2:10 ; 2nd goal at 5:12; 3rd goal at 6:22
He knows the teamsheets are the wrong way around.
The 3 goals from ground level:
Goal 1: https://tinyurl.com/4hta782d
Goal 2: https://tinyurl.com/su7rfkaa
Goal 3: https://tinyurl.com/mt9e45hm
Celebrations : flic.kr/s/aHBqjAzKdq by Julian Barker
Brinsworth DC 1 Dog Daisy United 5
⚽⚽Bayley Lowe ⚽⚽ Josh Moore ⚽ Owen Fieldsend BDC; ⚽ Josh Nodder
at Tickhill Square, Denaby Main, DN12 4AW
Scawthorpe Athletic 0 Dearne & District 1
Dog Daisy's Owen Fieldsend heads their first goal in the semi-final victory against Brinsworth DC
Scawthorpe v Dearne & District: Photo credit: Grasshopper Nico on Twitter
Scawthorpe Athletic 1 - 0 Swinton WMC
Dog Daisy 7 - 0 Houghton Main
⚽⚽Jake Phillis ⚽⚽Josh Moore ⚽Josh Critchley ⚽Curtis Wilkinson ⚽ Luke Gostling-Skelton
Wombwell Main 1- 3 Brinsworth DC
WM: ⚽Ryan Wingrove BDC ⚽Harry Day ⚽ Josh Nodder ⚽ Jed McGowen
Dearne & District 2-0 AFP
⚽Tom Lambert ⚽James Ghaichem
Quarter Final: Dog Daisy United v Houghton Main.
Photo: Grasshopper Nico on Twitter.
Dearne & District 3-0 Groves Social
⚽⚽Joe Austin ⚽Gage Parton
Mexborough Athletic 1-2 Houghton Main
HM⚽Lee Winslow ⚽Mick Jones MA: ⚽Dale Hulse
Swinton Robin Hood 1-3 Wombwell Main
WM:⚽Atley Jackson ⚽Ryan Wingrove ⚽Jake Simon
SRH: ⚽Owen Birks
Lord Reresby 1-2 Brinsworth DC
LR ⚽Ryan Morton BD ⚽Josh Nodder ⚽Taylor Nicholson
Joker Wickersley Youth 1-1 Swinton WMC
JW - ⚽Jordan Thomas SWMC- ⚽Jack Harrison
Swinton WMC win on pens
Dog Daisy United 2 -2 Denaby Main
DD- ⚽Regan Kelly, ⚽Jake Phillis
DM- ⚽Daniel Hartley ⚽Chris Baxby
Dog Daisy win on pens
Westville 1-5 AFP
W - ⚽own goal
AFP - ⚽⚽⚽Jack Binney ⚽Aaron Wiles. ⚽Liam Flint
Mind over Matter v Scawthorpe Athletic (Scawthorpe progress)
Swinton WMC v Cantley Hawthorne (Swinton WMC progress)
Brinsworth DC 2 Swinton Athletic 1
BDC: ⚽Steven Hopewell ⚽Lee Hill SA: ⚽Enzo Guarini
Preliminary Round : Brinsworth DC 2-1 Swinton Athletic… 55’ Enzo Guarini (Swinton) 0-1; 83’ Steve Hopewell (Brinsworth) 1-1; 89’ Lee Hill (Brinsworth) 2-1 …"absolute worldie! fantastic shot from edge of centre circle which sailed over the GK and dipped just under the bar!" Grasshopper Nico on Twitter.