Stone Dominoes clinched their first piece of silverware since the reformation of the first team at the beginning of this season as they overcame a stubborn Redgate Clayton Reserves to win the President’s Trophy on Wednesday night.
After a goalless first half, Ash Cooper broke the deadlock from the spot 10 minutes into the second period before Joss Myatt doubled Dominoes’ lead. Scott O’Brien’s header eight minutes from time gave Redgate hope but Kyle Adams and Dom Ryder’s men were able to see out the final minutes to claim victory and lift the trophy.
Ryder was thrilled to win the competition and was quick to praise the players.
Ben Roberts returned for Dominoes while Dan Marsh, Lee Foyle and Jake Hughes also came back into the side following the defeat at the weekend.
With neither side wanting to make any early mistakes the game began cautiously with players looking to settle their nerves.
Redgate were nearly handed the lead after ten minutes in comical fashion when Dominoes captain Ben Roberts hooked the ball back high towards his own goal towards Dan Marsh, the goalkeeper doing fantastically well to somehow get back and head the ball clear over his crossbar.
Dominoes went close to taking the lead midway through the half when a free kick found it’s way to Roberts who turned to steer the ball towards goal only to see it go just wide of the post.
As the second period began both sides looked to be more positive in an attempt to find some sort of control in the tight contest.
It was Dominoes who drew first blood, as Ash Cooper found himself on the right side just inside the Redgate penalty area and as he attempted to lift the ball over defender Mark James the assistant referee signalled that a hand had been used, resulting in a penalty awarded.
After a long wait following complaints from the Redgate players Cooper blasted the spot-kick high down the middle to give his side the lead.
The second, and what would turn out to be winning goal came with twenty minutes remaining when Jack Steele found substitute Ash Thompson on the right.
Thompson glided past his marker before cutting the ball back to the edge of the six yard box where a waiting Joss Myatt was on hand to steer the ball inside the post to double the lead.
Redgate pushed bodies forward a little more in an attempt to find a way back into the game, and should have reduced the deficit quickly when a good move resulted in the ball being cut back for Scott O’Brien who could only fire the ball over the crossbar.
The Clayton side were also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with ten minutes remaining when the ball bounced around inside the Dominoes penalty area and was eventually cleared off the line.
As Dominoes seemed content to sit on their lead Redgate found a way through with eight minutes of normal time left when an unmarked O’Brien headed against the crossbar from a cross but was quickest to the rebound to nod the ball into the net.
As would be expected, it was Redgate throwing bodies forward for the remainder of the game, looking to get the ball into the opposition penalty area at every opportunity.
Dominoes though were able to hold on to their narrow advantage throughout the final minutes and the final blow on the whistle from the referee signalled both relief and the start of wild celebrations from the players and staff.
Manager Adams was equally pleased with the triumph and his side’s approach to the game.
Dominoes return to league action on Saturday when they travel to Abbey Hulton United Reserves (2.30pm kick off).