Kinsley Hotel celebrate historic cup win
SUBSTITUTE Joe Howey hit a late winner as surprise package Kinsley Hotel defeated Shepherds Arms 1-0 to clinch the Landlords Trophy for the first time in their history.
Hemsworth-based outfit Hotel made a bright start to the clash with Arms at College Grove, Wakefield, and Andrew Davis forced Arms goalkeeper Dan Payne into action as early as the sixth minute.
Skipper Liam Radford was proving to be a constant threat and his close control, footwork and intelligent play saw him instrumental in creating goal-scoring opportunities for Josh Appleton, Davis and Joby Hammond.
Failure to capitalise on their dominance could have proved costly as Arms’ Lee Payne twice went close.
An isolated break resulted in Payne finding space but he steered his effort wide and on the stroke of half-time he headed a corner straight into the arms of Kinsley goalkeeper Thomas Chestney.
The second-half was a much open affair with Arms more dominant from the outset.
The game was building to a dramatic climax and Hotel were denied the breakthrough only by desperate defending.
Radford’s shot was blocked by Payne but Josh Appleton lofted the ball goalwards only for Tom Brooke to clear the ball off the line and into safety.
Both sides looked for the decisive break, and Eyles went close for Arms only to be denied by a superb double save from Chestney.
Just as the game looked to be heading for a stalemate the deciding goal came nine minutes from time.
Radford found space on the wing and his dangerous low cross found Howey at the far post to steer the ball home.
The Rollinson-Clapperton man of the match award went to Kinsley’s influential skipper Liam Radford.
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