Cavalry Park Colts 1-2 Tower Hearts
Tower Hearts came from behind to win the Lady Darling Cup in what was an exciting clash with Cavalry Park Colts at Victoria Park. Extra time was needed to separate the sides on the night, with Hearts emerging victorious by two goals to one.
Full Time: Cavalry Park Colts 1 – 1 Tower Hearts
Extra time saw much more open and balanced play than the closing stages of the second half. However, it was always Tower Hearts who looked the sharper of the two teams and it seemed that if any team was going to score before the game went to penalty kicks then it was to be them. That is not to say that Cavalry did not create chances of their own. Kris McLoughlin almost netted with a powerful header but Hearts keeper Daryll Jones did well to hold the effort. Adams also looked like scoring, as he had all game but the committed defence of Tower Hearts thwarted any opportunities Cavalry created to score.
The continued pressure of Tower Hearts paid off on the one-hundred minute mark when they won a free-kick on the edge of the box. From the set piece, which was taken by Jonnie Allan, Mark Scott was able to lose his marker and connect with a header that flew into the back of the net as the Cavalry defence stood helplessly still. Wild celebrations ensued as Tower Hearts had came from behind to then take the lead in the cup final. It was no more than they had deserved after controlling the game for large parts of it. The winning side always looked comfortable to see the game out, despite the efforts of Cavalry Park Colts and they hung on to secure the win and lift the Lady Darling Cup.
Both periods of extra time were marred slightly with a couple of unsporting incident and as a result, both teams ended the game with ten men on the field. However, that does not take anything away from what was a very competitive and exciting cup final tie. Tower Hearts were ultimately deserved winners and did well to turn the game around after going a goal down.
Final Result: Cavalry Park Colts 1 – 2 Tower Hearts (AET)