Edgehill produced a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to beat Falsgrave 3-2 and win the District Cup at Queensgate.
Steve Clegg’s men trailed 2-0 to promoted division two side Falsgrave with just 10 minutes left on the clock and looked well beaten by their impressive opponents.
But they somehow managed to fight their way back into the game and then go on to seal a dramatic 3-2 win in the dying seconds of an entertaining, end-to-end final.
It looked for long spells like Billy Johnson’s men were going to cap their superb season with an upset in this final after they led early on through Kieran Link, who found space just outside the area and slammed in a left-footed strike.
Edgehill had the chance to level when Aaron Jenking was brought down in the box and after two failed penalty appeals, the referee waved to the spot, but Liam Cooper made a mess of the resulting penalty as he screwed his effort wide.
Edgehill were almost level again just on the brink of the interval, but Polish midfielder Macie Kapynski saw his effort from range hit the outside of the post with keeper Rich Curtis well beaten.
The game continued to ebb and flow after the break and both sides had excellent chances to further their case.
Dan Jones had a good chance to level matters up, but he headed wide from Cooper’s corner after Curtis had come to collect the corner and missed the ball completely.
The best chance fell to Falsgrave target-man Nick Ellis though as he found acres of space in the Edgehill six-yard-box, but somehow smashed his effort against the post.
Johnson’s men didn’t have to wait long to double their lead though as the Edgehill backline stepped up to try and press the issue and a ball over the top found substitute Lee Drydale, who made no mistake in firing past Darren Hodgson and into the bottom corner for 2-0.
Edgehill seemed a beaten team, but they were given hope with 10 minutes left on the clock when the referee concluded that Jones’ header had crossed the line - a decision that was fiercely contested by the Falsgrave players and contingent in the stands at Queensgate.
Jones’ header galvanised Edgehill and they almost levelled almost straight away, but Alec Coulson headed against the post after a teammate bundled into him when he was well placed.
Falsgrave almost put the game beyond doubt but Mikey Anderson fired over after another counter-attack, and they were punished when left-winger Cooper made up for his earlier penalty miss by bursting into the area and clipping over Curtis and into the net to spark wild celebrations.
Those celebrations were almost rudely brought to an immediate halt, but Anderson saw his effort smartly stopped by Hodgson in the Edgehill goal.
Just as it looked like the game was going to be settled from the penalty spot, Edgehill substitute JP Watson was allowed time and space just outside the area and he proceeded to fire in a stunning volley that found the bottom corner and sent the Edgehill players and fans into raptures.
Falsgrave will rightly feel very hard done to following a superb performance that rounded off a fantastic season for the club following their promotion to division one.
Edgehill’s comeback rounds off a stunning second half to the season for boss Clegg and his players following a tough start to the season.
SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: Darren Hodgson (Edgehill) & Kieran Link (Falsgrave)