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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Cleator Moor lift cup

delight: Cleator Moor FC after winning the President’s Cup

Presidents Cup Final

THE first domestic final of the season took place at Cleator Moor Celtic’s Birks Road ground, between premier division runners up, Cleator Moor, and second division winners, Moor Row, in the President’s Cup Final.

The game started in quick fashion, with Cleator Moor in the ascendance right from the start, with Evans and Rudd up front causing problems with pace and movement. Evans had a penalty appeal turned down after a challenge from Berragan, and Groves had a speculative shot from 30 yards which went well wide of Divine’s goals.

The breakthrough for Cleator Moor came after 10 minutes, when Evans was brought down by Parrish in the Moor Row area. Rudd calmly slotted the ball into the corner past the diving Redden, from the spot. The pressure was telling, and Cleator Moor’s second was shortly after, when good work from Nicol and George in the middle of the park, fed the ball to Dunn on the left. He skipped past the full back to cross perfectly for Evans to head back across goal into the net for 2-0. A couple of minutes later Evans scored again, after good work on the right from Bateson and Fowler, 3-0 Cleator Moor.

The Moor defence were giving Moor Row’s front two, of Gunn and Groves, no change whatsoever, although the hard working midfield, of Parrish and Maxwell never stopped trying. Half time 3-0.

The second half started with Moor Row trying to get something from the game, working tirelessly.

However, Cleator Moor killed the game off with Rudd’s second of the game after good work on the left from Edwards and Dunn, much to the delight of coaches, David Hall and Steven Meagan. Moor Row came back again but couldn’t find a way past Man of the Match, Craig Scott, at the back, and but for a couple of half chances at either end, the game finished, Cleator Moor 4, Moor Row 0.

Cleator Moor now move on to Thursday, where they meet Mirehouse at the Falcon, and then again on Sunday. Moor Row play in their league cup final at the Falcon, on Sunday.