Trafalgar completed a league and cup treble with a 3-0 win against West Pier in the Kenward Cup final at Scarborough RUFC.
The second-half dismissal of Pier defender Ady Blake proved to be the turning point with the score still 0-0, a brace of goals from striker Billy Logan and an effort from winger Chris Dove sealing the win.
Both teams struggled to find any fluency in a keenly-contested opening half-hour.
Logan looked to have headed Trafalgar in front in the 38th minute but Pier keeper Jonny Hyde superbly tipped the ball onto the bar.
Five minutes later Dean McCauley also headed onto the bar as Traf piled on the pressure, but Pier also went close before the break when Jamie Bradshaw turned neatly and shot over the bar.
In between these chances ref Alex Wyatt showed Blake a yellow card for kicking the ball away, and on the stroke of half-time a Traf corner almost sailed straight into the net, hitting the woodwork and going out for a goal-kick.
Pier midfielder Martin Cooper had his side’s best chance of the game less than 60 seconds into the second half, the ball falling to him eight yards out but his mis-hit low volley trickled wide of the goal.
Hyde pulled off another cracking save to keep out Logan’s powerful curling shot from 30 yards out after another fine Traf move.
On the hour mark Blake and Traf central midfielder Dean Craig tangled after a free-kick was awarded to Traf on the edge of the Pier box, and the centre-half appeared to raise his arms against Craig, who fell to the floor.
Ref Wyatt showed a second yellow card to Blake and Jamie Towse and Paddy Parke’s side were reduced to 10 men against the unbeaten league champions.
Hyde then pulled off another good stop to deny Logan again, but in the 63rd the strike finally made the breakthrough, forcing the ball home from close range.
Logan then showed a neat touch and fired a low shot into the bottom left corner to double Traf’s lead in the 75th minute and secure the cup for Liam Salt’s team.
Two minutes from time Traf made sure with a third goal, ref Wyatt deflecting the ball into the path of left-winger Chris Dove, who shot past Hyde to make it 3-0.
Player-boss Salt, who also played in goal for the final, was delighted with his side’s display:”Even though we were not at our best today I think we were always on top and hitting the bar three times in the first half showed that. It is a great feeling to win the treble.
“Our defence were outstanding yet again, with Ricky Nock, Alex Sheader, Shaun Dodson and Dean Macauley all very strong.”