West Pier battled back from a goal down to win Sunday’s Senior Cup final 3-1 against title-chasing Newlands, despite the latter dominating proceedings for most of the game, played at Clarence Drive, Filey.
West Pier 3 (Dobson, M Cooper, Speight) Newlands 1 (Luntley)
Newlands will still be wondering how they lost this cup final, after having most of the play for the opening 70 minutes.
A happy, but relieved Pier joint-manager Paddy Parke said: “We had to battle for that win as Newlands were on top for most of the match.
“I thought that Martin Cooper was outstanding in central midfield, while Cameron Dobson worked his socks off up front and Steve Sheader made a big difference when he came on as a sub in the second half.”
Although there were few chances of real note in the first half-hour, the two main moments of merit for Newland - playing into a strong wind - during this period were sparked by Ryan Cooper, the Barton Town Old Boys hot-shot first forcing Pier centre-half Tom Hickin into a last-gasp block to halt a goal and then fellow-centre-back James Wardle, who was on top form throughout getting an important foot in to halt a dangerous break from halfway by Cooper, who was a constant menace to the Pier defence.
Just before the half-hour mark Pier’s most impressive attacking player Jamie Bradshaw latched onto a superb through-ball by Martin Cooper and the Scarborough Town forward fired in a scuffed shot which Newlands keeper George Elliott just about managed to force round the post.
Two minutes later Newlands took the lead, and it was that man Cooper again at the centre of it, gaining possession to the left of the Pier goal and acrobatically hooking the ball back over his shoulder to Ben Luntley whose volley gave Pier keeper Jon Hyde no chance.
A good save from Elliott kept out a Cooper free-kick four minutes before the break, and a Cameron Dobson effort was volleyed wide after another Cooper set-piece.
Newlands also started brightly in the second half, forcing Pier bosses Parke and Jamie Towse into replacing right-back Luke Midgley with the taller Steve Sheader, and his introduction, along with that of striker Rob Speight for Dave Bell, seemed to slowly bring Pier back into the game.
Another Cooper hit the crossbar in the 63rd minute, but Newlands still posed a threat at the other end, Luntley denied by another fine stop from Hyde five minutes later.
Sheader’s volleyed drive fizzed past the post a minute later and Elliott made another finger-tip save from a back-header.
This pressure paid off in the 71st minute as Dobson’s low shot from 18 yards out slid beyond the grasp of Elliott to bring the scores level.
Newlands had a strong penalty appeal turned down when Cooper burst through on goal and fell to the ground after a challenge by the Pier defender, the Newlands officials and supporterscalling for a spot-kick but ref Ben Naylor adjudged the defender to have got to the ball first rather than the man.
With the game seemingly heading towards extra-time, Pier claimed the lead through bizarre circumstances, Cooper’s low 86th-minute corner whipped in at the near post evade the defenders and Elliott and flew into the net to spark extravagant celebrations by the Pier players and fans.
The win was confirmed in the final minute when sub Rob Speight seized upon a poor back-pass by Newlands right-back Leigh Watson and lobbed home from an acute angle with Elliott stranded.
The defeat was a bit harsh on the likes of left-back Jamie Gallagher, Cooper and midfielder Mike Wilson, who all had excellent games for Newlands.
West Pier - Jon Hyde, Luke Midgley (Steve Sheader 47mins), Tom Hickin, James Wardle, Josh Clayton, Dan Jones, Martin Cooper, Jamie Bradshaw, Cameron Dobson, Dave Bell (Rob Speight 48). Phil Meads. Subs not used Tyler Richardson, Travis Wood, Andy Sheader.
Newlands - George Elliott, Leigh Watson, Kile Fields, Jordan Mintoft (Paddy Mancrief 88), Jamie Gallagher, Ben Luntley, Jack Hakings, Mike Wilson, Aidan Thomas (Lee Cappleman 79), Ryan Cooper, Luke Delve. Subs not used: Kris Johnson, Jonny Manson.