Keeper Chris Ferrey was the hero as Trafalgar claimed a 3-1 penalty shoot-out win in tonight’s Scarborough FA Sunday Cup final against league champions Newlands at a breezy Queensgate.
Midfielder Jack Hakings and Kile Fields had their efforts saved by Ferrey, and when Kyle May hit the post with Newlands’ fourth Trafalgar’s players stormed onto the pitch to celebrate their third cup final win of the season.
Boss Liam Salt said: “Chris made two very good saves to help us win it on penalties, which was a great effort as he was carrying a leg injury from a challenge in the second half.
“To come out of the season with three cup final wins, including the big one, the NRCFA County Cup, is a great achievement even though we didn’t win the league title this season.”
The Traf chief added: “Curtis Henderson had a great game in defence while Dean Craig also did well when I moved him from right-back into a central role, while Ricky Greening also did well on the left wing.
“It wasn’t a great final but we kept going and got there in the end.”
Trafalgar may have added the Sunday Cup to their Senior Cup and County Cup successes, but will probably wonder how they managed it as Newlands had the better chances in a fairly low-key cup final.
The first clear chance of the game fell to Drew McCoubrey, who was a constant threat up front for Newlands all night, as he raced through the Traf defence but shot straight at Ferrey.
Two minutes later young Newlands keeper Callum Myers pulled off a great save to deny Traf skipper Neil Thomas.
Newlands then began to get a grip on the game and fine skill from McCoubrey saw him race free on the right flank and send in a sumptuous cross for Stew Bates but the striker failed to get his head on it.
Traf centre-back Shaun Dodson limped off nine minutes before half-time to be replaced by Alex Sheader, and Newlands continued to push for an opener, Gibbs shooting wide when well-placed in the 41st minute.
The left-winger then sent a stunning crossfield ball over to McCoubrey on the right and the latter beat his man and sent in an inch-perfect pass back to Gibb but his first-time volley skewed wide of the target.
Newlands spurned more chances early in the second half with Bates blazing wide when in on goal and Hakings heading wide from a Gibb corner.
The game then became scrappy as Craig and May were both booked for late tackles, then McCoubrey was cautioned for a high foot on the thigh of Ferrey, although the forward did seem to be making a genuine attempt to get the ball he injured Ferrey’s thigh in the process but the keeper battled on after receiving treatment.
Henderson also went in Oliver O’Brien’s book for a late challenge, but Traf almost snatched a winner late on when sub Luke Jenkinson’s shot was saved by Myers in the 87th minute.
The final whistle sounded and the shoot-out began, with Gibb scoring Newlands’ first and Jenkinson replying.
Hakings’ effort was saved by Ferrey and Danny White coolly dispatched his penalty to put Traf 2-1 ahead.
Ferrey then saved Fields’ effort and Kris Tate showed his experience to slot home Traf’s third, and Kyle May struck the post with Newlands’ fourth effort to spark the Traf party.
Henderson was the most impressive player on show all night, putting in some great challenges and showing great awareness for such a young player, while McCoubrey and Hakings excelled for Newlands, who have won the Kenward Cup as well as the league this season.
Trafalgar: C Ferrey, C Henderson, S Dodson (A Sheader 36), D White, D Craig, R Greening, K Tate, G Thomas, J Jowett (S Exley 75), C Dove (L Jenkinson 85), N Thomas.
Newlands: C Myers, K Fields, L Watson, J Gallagher, J Manson, N Gibb, J Hakings, K May, S Moon, S Bates (L Cooper 75), D McCoubrey. Subs not used: J Mintoft, A Thomas.