Carrfield 2 Lacewood 1 (replay)
Just like in the first final, Carrfield took a 2 goal lead with just a few minutes remaining. A spirited Lacewood grabbed a late goal to set up a nervy finish in the all Bolton affair. Carrfield held on to retain the Totty Cup, which they have now won 8 times.
In a cagey first half, Lacewood had the better of the chances as half-time approached with Oliver Jackson and Bailey Stone bringing fine saves from Carrfield keeper, George Handley. Finlay O’Grady and Franklin Middleton also came close to opening the scoring.
In the second half Carrfield’s Rio Ansu-Gyeabour’s had a few efforts narrowly wide before James Law cheekily looped a shot just under the crossbar.
Elliot centred from the right for Ansu-Gyeabour to double Carrfield’s lead.
Charlie Dickinson pulled a goal back for Lacewood after great work from Middleton.
The tie was played at Dearne ALC.
First Final: Carrfield 2 Lacewood 2
Two Bolton schools could not be separated in the Totty Cup final despite a two periods of extra-time.
Carrfield took the lead within 5 minutes when Rio Ansu-Gyeabour arrowed a free kick from distance which gave Lacewood keeper Ashton Powney no chance.
Ansu-Gyeabour and Middleton were playing pivotal roles for their teams in a match contested largely in the midfield third. Any attacks were generally snuffed out by the outstanding defenders on both teams.
With just 5 minutes left, Carrfield extended their lead when Kaden Elliot burst down the right wing, into the box, before firing the ball high into the Lacewood goal.
Carrfield who won the Totty Cup last year, appeared set to be the first school to have back-to-back Totty Cup wins in 21 years.
Almost straight from the restart, Bailey Stones went on a jinking run and slotted home to give Lacewood hope.
A deep corner was then squared back into the box for Mikey Siddons to level the tie with just two more minutes on the clock.
Experienced referee, Gordon Swann, summed it up afterwards, “the array of talent on show throughout was the best I have seen ever”.
The match was played at Swinton Community School.
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