Mikey seals Pier double

District Cup Final at Queensgate'West Pier(red/black) v Filey Town'Picture by Neil Silk   122031a'16/05/12
District Cup Final at Queensgate'West Pier(red/black) v Filey Town'Picture by Neil Silk 122031a'16/05/12
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A STUNNING extra-time winner from substitute Mikey Hartnett secured a league and cup double for West Pier after a 3-2 win over Filey Town in the District Cup Final at Queensgate last night.

Pier had to do it the hard way as a resurgent and determined Filey outfit hit back in style despite falling 2-0 down.

It was 1-0 when good work down the right flank from Danny Cooper resulted in Tommy Barker finding space to fire his shot past Andy Burrell via a deflection.

Stu and Phil Dickens both went close for Filey but scores remained the same until Pier doubled their lead after the break.

Good work by Paul Provins and Daz Crawford fed Barker, who notched his second.

Filey weren’t out of the game just yet though, and lumped their imposing centre back Liam Barnes up front, and he immediately had an impact on proceedings.

Dave Brannan’s men halved their deficit through a Phil Dickens header after 78 minutes and suddenly they found a second wind.

With all the momentum, Filey surged forward in search of the crucial leveller, and it came with five minutes left on the clock.

A daft foul by Barker allowed Dan Baldry to whip a well-directed free-kick into the danger area for Liam Barnes to head into the bottom corner to make it 2-2.

Filey should have sealed the silverware with just seconds remaining, but Phil Dickens’ header flashed wide, and the game headed into extra-time.

Pier boss Andy Spivey introduced striker Hartnett from the bench and the striker only needed five minutes to turn the game on its head again.

With Filey pouring men forward to look for the winner, Pier launched a sharp counter-attack and Provins’ neat through-ball was superbly lobbed over Burrell by Hartnett from over 30-yards out.

Both sides had excellent chances to turn the game either way, but Hartnett’s moment of brilliance was deserving of the cup success.

And his boss was quick to sing his praises. Spivey said: “It was fantastic for Mikey to come on and get the winner.

“I’m overjoyed for him. He’s been loyal to us all season.

“Credit to Filey too, what an effort, but I’m delighted for the lads.”