Dean saves key penalty to earn Royal Earl Junior Cup

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Royal Earl added the Sunday Junior Cup to the list of trophies they have won with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over fellow Blades Super Draw League club Mosborough Whites.

It means that Earl are one of just a few clubs to have won both the Junior and Senior Sunday Cups after previously winning the Sunday Senior Cup in 2014/15.

Played at Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium it was the second successive all-Blades Super Draw League final.

Danny State gave Mosborough a first half lead

The second half saw Earl introduce former Stocksbridge manager, 44 years old Darren Schofield and his experience began to turn the tide Earl’s way.

Tom Nolan brought them level and extra time saw Earl continue to have the lion’s share of possession, but it was Mosborough that re-took the lead when Lewis Russell smashed the ball home at the back post.

They held that lead into the second half of extra time, but further pressure from Earl eventually brought its reward as Beaumont finished off a scramble in front of goal to level a second time. Both sides missed good chances to win it so it went to a penalty shoot-out.

Curtis Congreave looked a likely match winner for Mosborough when he brilliantly saved two of Earl’s first three penalties, but misses by State and Brad Gledhill meant it went to sudden death, and after Charlie Myers had made it 5-4 to Earl, it was their keeper Jamie Dean that became the match winner when he saved Danny Howson’s penalty.

After Mike Towey had had to miss the game due to suffering concusion earlier in the week, his team mates insisted that he collected the Cup for Earl from the County FA Cup’s Chairman Stuart Topham.