SENIOR PLATE FINAL
Mersham Sports held their nerve to claim the inaugural Senior Plate beating Albion after a penalty shootout in the top billed fixture at the Spearpoint Finals Day. With the scores locked at one goal apiece after 90 minutes it was over to midfielder Owen Kessack to score the winning spot kick to earn Mersham their first piece of silverware since winning the Division One league championship ten-years ago, and first cup final victory since they lifted the Val Helen Cup in 1994.
Mersham took the lead when they were awarded a penalty midway through the first half as midfielder Craig Calvert kept his cool to convert from 12-yards, but Albion levelled before half time thanks to Robbie Greenfield’s excellent strike despite protests from the opposition that an Albion player had been offside. Despite several decent chances created at both ends the second half failed to produce another goal sending the fixture to penalties, and even though Albion goalkeeper Ben Stevens registered a fine save with his legs in the shootout, his teammates missed the target twice meaning Mersham triumphed 5-4 to end the season on a high.
JUNIOR PLATE FINAL
Two goals from Alex Philpott helped Troggs to victory in the Junior Plate final as they beat Fox Sunday 4-1. The Smarden side won comfortably in the end but the tie was a much closer contest that the score line suggests as Troggs added two goals in the final 15 minutes as Fox pushed on for an equaliser. Harry Stow’s early strike gave Troggs the lead before Alex Philpott got himself into a great position to double the villagers advantage and give them a two-goal cushion.
The Fox were handed a lifeline around the hour mark when referee Mark Roberts pointed to the spot setting up young forward George Large to pull a goal back to make it 2-1, and the pub side were unlucky not to draw level when they hit the woodwork twice in a matter of minutes in a spell of pressure on the Troggs goal. As the players tired and Fox took risks pushing forward, Troggs took full advantage adding two late goals, first with a second goal of the morning from the excellent Philpott, before Declan Burden netted the fourth and final strike to seal the victory, their first cup success in 16 years.
JUNIOR VASE FINAL
Goals from Jordan Spann and Alfie Warner were enough to see league debutants Lydd Town Sunday crowned champions of the Junior Vase competition as they beat Mersham Sports Reserves 2-1. Lydd manager Lisa Prince led her side to victory and silverware in their debut season as her young and exciting side held their nerve to come out on top despite a late goal from Mersham who deserve credit for pushing the Green’s all the way.
Spann gave Lydd the lead right on the stroke of half time after an end-to-end first half that could have gone either way. Lydd looked dangerous on the break in the second half with forward Josh Mills a threat with his direct running and quick feet but came unstuck against Mersham goalkeeper Andrew Possee. But a second goal from Warner late in the second half struck the crucial blow despite Adam Bellman pulling back a late goal from the penalty spot for Mersham.