9 Men Chell Heath Knave Conquer Holders Elmos Celtic

Chell Heath Knave showed battling qualities to beat holders Elmos Celtic 3-0 in last night’s Sunday Premier Cup Final, despite having two men sent…

Elmos threatened in the early stages, with Will Bown hitting the crossbar from a free-kick; but it was Chell Heath Knave who struck the first blow in the 18th minute thanks to Gareth Tweats' superb 30-yard effort.

Knave’s lead was then preserved by Craig Turner's goal-line clearance before they doubled their advantage before the break. The ball ran kindly for Tweats who slotted home into the bottom corner after Adam Sawyer's run was ended by a last-ditch tackle.

Chell Heath Knave were reduced to 10 men when Daniel Steele was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident in the early stages of the second half.

But despite the numerical disadvantage, Knave continued to look dangerous and they made it 3-0 when Kyle Stubbs latched on to a poor clearance from a corner to fire in at the far post on 56 minutes. However, 10 became 9 for Knave in the goal celebrations as Carl Mountford was red-carded for clashing with an Elmos player.

Leek side, Elmos sensed their chance to drag themselves back into the final, and camped themselves in Knave's half for the remainder of the game. Chell Heath Knave keeper Mark Turner made a superb save, while Elmos also hit the woodwork again, but the Coors League club defended with discipline to see out time to win the cup at their 3rd attempt in 5 years.

It was a great match for the 249 in attendance at Newcastle Town's Aspire Stadium last night, and we would like to extend our thanks to our hosts for the evening.

Next week sees the Ladies Challenge Cup Final at Brocton FC on Tuesday 17 March, before we return to Newcastle Town FC again on Thursday 19 March for the Sunday Challenge Trophy Final; please see the news page for more details – we look forward to seeing you there!