Edgehill stung by cup final loss

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Edgehill were disappointed losers in the final of the North Riding FA Saturday Challenge Cup, despite taking an early lead against Great Ayton United.

Edgehill boss Alec Coulson despaired: “It is utter dispointment to lose that match.

“I feel we deserved to lift the trophy, especially as we knocked out two quality Scarborough sides on the way to the final.

“I can’t fault the performance, but they took their chances well.

“Their goals came from nowhere and I though we dominated, but we just didn’t get the luck.

“We now need to switch our attention to the league and the District Cup.”

Edgehill took the lead in the clash at Stokesley after just two minutes, when Lee Cappleman fed Ricky Greening, his square ball was finished with great composure by Ryan Jackson.

Edgehill were dominant throughout the first half with a midfield of Jamie Patterson and Georgie Rose pulling the strings.

The attack of Greening, Luke Jenkinson and Cappleman were a constant thorn in the side of Great Ayton.

However Great Ayton were always a threat on the counter, with their little and large partnership causing great danger.

After 20 minutes they were level when nippy striker Ashley Woodier found himself one-on-one with Jamie Haxby and he volleyed neatly home.

Five minutes later Edgehill had a chance to hit back , when Jenkinson produced a great save from the Great Ayton keeper and Cappleman dragged the rebound wide.

Minutes after this, with the game flowing from end to end, goalscorer Woodier found himself clean-through, but he fired away from the target.

Just before the break a Jenkinson mis-placed pass created a great chance for Great Ayton, but again the opening was spurned.

The new period brought a tighter contest, but Edgehill fell behind just after the hour, when a stunning strike from distance flew home.

The Scarborough side threw men forward in a bid to level the scores, but they failed to find the killer pass.

They were denied a last-gasp equaliser when Shaun Dodson’s free-kick was nodded goalwards, but was hacked to safety by the Great Ayton backline.