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Make Mine A Treble!
Wednesday 2nd May 2012
|Phoenix Castle||5 v 3||Shere Punjab|
James Cooper 26, 35
Jagdeep Khela 68, 79, 81
Phoenix Castle clinched the First 4 Staff Premier Cup for a record breaking third successive season after an exciting 5-3 victory over Shere Punjab in tonight's final at Wolverhampton Casuals' Brinsford Stadium.
The formidable James Cooper netted the first of his two first half goals after 26 minutes of an entertaining opening period, with both teams playing some attractive football. Castle doubled their lead ten minutes later, fine play from Jay Williams down the right and his centre was dispatched easily by Cooper for a commanding lead.
The tie appeared to be put to bed when Lewis Haycock's low drive past Chris Grimma opened up a 3-0 scoreline and the cup specialists netted the fourth, Joe Pedley crashing home a bullet header with Cooper the provider this time around.
Shere Punjab needed to make changes and substitute Jagdeep Khela made an immediate inpact after 68 minutes, scoring to give his side a glimmer of hope. Khela netted his second with a neat finish minutes later but Daniel Miles restored his side's three goal advantage, netting at the second attempt.
Khela claimed his hat-trick with ten minutes left on the watch following excellent work by Harpreet Sangha. Time caught up with Shere Punjab and Phoenix held firm to register their record breaking success as skipper James Cooper collected the trophy from First 4 Staff managing director Jason Guy.
Mitchell Plows, Gary Fellows (Ross McGarry 75), Joe Pedley, Adam Southall, Daniel McFarlane (Dale Love 48), Jay Williams (Stephen Hadley 65), Dean Lacey, Daniel Forrest, Lewis Haycock, James Cooper (c), Daniel Miles
Chris Grimma, Amrit Rattu, Ravi Kumar, Tajinder Khela, Manvir Bal, Kulraj Cheema (Rizwan Akhtar 54), Simon Larmour, Rajinder Sidhu (c) (Jagdeep Khela 67), Harminder Khatkar, Harpreet Sangha, Andrew Webb (Manjot Singh 62)
Subs not used - Hardeep Sangha, Waqar Hussain, Dan Pollard, Bobby Sandhu
Referee: Ryan Trumpeter
Assistants: Darren Adams & Bernard Moseley
Fourth Official: Ian Yeomans
Venue: Brinsford Stadium