Newlands have too much for Ayton

Danny Glendinning celebrates the Newlands opener
Danny Glendinning celebrates the Newlands opener

Newlands Park sealed the treble on Sunday morning, as they came out on top in a see-saw Senior Cup final against Ayton.

Seamer Sports hosted an absolute thriller, with Newlands finally shaking Ayton off their coattails and coming away with a 6-4 win.

Drew McCoubrey shows his joy after a goal

Drew McCoubrey shows his joy after a goal

It looked as though the abacus would be needed once Newlands got going, as their front three of Drew McCoubrey, Danny Glendinning and Dan Freer gave Ayton nightmares.

Glendinning opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he finished a Kurtis Henderson header from close range.

Then, after Henderson went close with another powerful aerial effort, Newlands went route one to double their lead.

Keeper Martin Cappleman launched a huge clearance that beat the Ayton defence, allowing McCoubrey to loop a header over Stefan Campbell and into the net.

Freer then rolled home a third for Newlands and it looked as though the game was over.

But instead of maintaining their pressure, Newlands took their foot off the gas and mistakes began to creep into their game.

Tyson Stubbings took advantage of one of these errors to trim the lead back to 3-1.

And, after Martin Atkinson had a shot cleared off the line, Ayton cut the divide to one when Andy Roebuck fired home from the penalty spot.

Newlands rediscovered their fight at the beginning of the second half, and they once again looked to have moved out of sight when Glendinning scrambled home his second and Jack Ramos finished calmly to make it 5-2.

But almost immediately, Ayton began their second fight-back of the morning, with Tyson Stubbings breaking the off-side trap and stroking home.

A scuffed Dan Pickard drive then rocked Newlands further, as the score was brought back to 5-4.

Ayton looked on course to level as the pressure mounted further, but a Newlands breakaway led to a hotly disputed penalty that McCoubrey despatched to knock the wind out of their rivals.

Newlands saw out the final moments comfortably, with Ben Luntley twice going close to rubbing further salt into the Ayton wounds.

But the two-goal gap was big enough and Park collected their third trophy of an impressive campaign.