Sunday Minor

Burradon Bury Daisy Hill in Minor Cup Final

Burradon & New Fordley's clinical finishing was the difference as they put four past Newcastle Daisy Hill East End in the NFA Sunday Minor Cup final at Whitley Park.

First half finishes from Scott Pocklington and Josh Miller added to Dake Pearson's brace to grant Burradon the accolade for 2018.

The final started with big challenges from both sides going in early on, setting the tone for the following 90 minutes.

And as a result, Scott Pocklington capitalised on a free kick just six minutes into the game. He curled the ball up and over the Daisy Hill wall and into the bottom corner, giving his team the lead in spectacular fashion.

But despite going a goal behind, Daisy Hill weren't defeated and pushed for an equaliser - Salim getting the ball in space on the penalty spot minutes later, but failing to get the ball out of his feet to get a shot off.

Chances came back and forth for both teams in the moments after, most notably Salim again leading the attack for Daisy Hill, bringing the ball from the halfway line to the byline and forcing a near-post save out of Darren Houghton.

Missed chances were the downfall for Daisy Hill as Burradon's Sean McRoberts linked up with the head of Josh Miller at the back post to put the boys in green two goals up just 22 minutes in.

It was a test of fitness in the first half’s final stages in the 20 degree heat at Whitley Park. Daisy Hill dominated the chances, but again lacked ruthlessness in front of goal - Ben Wood going close with a glancing header just wide of the post before the break.

Three minutes from the break Burradon made it three - Dale Pearson finding his shooting boots and giving his team a three goal cushion going into half time.

It could have easily been four early on in the second half as Pocklington picked up the ball in an offside position, and with the flag staying down, he opted for a shot from close range which sailed straight into the hands of Sean Backhouse.

20 minutes until the final whistle Burradon put the nail in the coffin. Dale Pearson added to his first half goal by picking up the ball in space on the right of the box, rounding the ‘keeper and calmly rolling the ball home to put the game beyond doubt.

A familiar face, Michael Chilton, came on for the remainder of the final in Burradon colours. And looking to add to his tally of 410 goals, he hit the post on 75 minutes and headed over at the death.

Burradon took control for the remainder of the game and ended the 90 minutes as 2018 Sunday Minor Cup winners in a thoroughly entertaining fixture at Whitley Park.

Newcastle Daisy Hill East End: Backhouse, Ray, Walker, Trodd, Ray, Errington, Tait, Wood, Salim, Bell, Hoggins

Subs: Chapman, Tams, Angus, Dixon, Gladstone

Burradon & New Fordley
: Houghton, Tumilty, Sayer, Keenan, Miller, Hall, McRoberts, Besford, Lee, Pearson, Pocklington

Subs: Chilton, Uddgren, Cairns, Pyle, Andrews

Report by Dan Simmonite

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