THE Vale of Glamorgan Association Football League recently held their Cup Finals for their Senior and Junior Leagues at Jenner Park.
Due to the poor weather one final (Year 9) had to be postponed. Getting things underway was the Year 7 (U12) final for the Brian Riseborough Memorial Trophy; where Sully Sports beat Cadoxton Imps 2-1 on Friday, April 7.
On Sunday, April 6, the only double header of finals were played, which both went to extra time and the junior game to penalties. Starting the day the Year 8 (U13) final saw Porthkerry Panthers and Barry Athletic battle to a 1-1 draw after extra time before Porthkerry Panthers won the Billy Butlin Trophy 6-5 on penalties. In the afternoon Rhoose Rovers met VIFC which was won in the last minute of Extra Time when Rhoose Rovers took a 2-1 lead in the match thus picking up the Dockers Cup.
Wednesday, April 9, saw the junior matches resume where for the third match extra time was required. Competing in the Year 11 (U16) final Llantwit Major Juniors met Porthkerry Panthers and after finishing 2-2 after 90 minutes, the game was won in the second half of extra time seeing Porthkerry Panthers picking up the Classic Sportswear Cup.
The Year (U15) 10 final took place for the Steve Williams Trophy on April 10, which was decided by a single goal with Sully Sports triumphing over Cadoxton Imps.
The Premier Division took centre stage on Friday, April 11, with Cardiff Airport playing Penarth Town for the ASRS Cup. Having played out a 0-0 game over 90 minutes, the match went to extra time and two goals in both extra time halves from Penarth Town saw them raise the ASRS Cup.
There was a return to Division 1 on Sunday, April 13, with Tynewydd FC taking on Island Marine for the Supporters Cup. Tynewydd FC were the defending champions but after their heroics to win the final the previous season, it was not a repeat performance as they lost 2-0 to Island Marine.
After a week’s break for Easter, Cowbridge and Cardiff Airport travelled to Jenner Park for the prestigious Barry Cup Final. In possibly the best, entertaining and competitive final, the game went to extra time after ending 2-2. Two further goals in extra time saw the game end 3-3 forcing penalties in very wet conditions. With a penalty left each, the score was 3-3 with a miss each, Cardiff Airport then had they last penalty saved meaning Cowbridge’s last scored pen finished the final 4-3 to them on penalties. As is tradition, the Brian Riseborough Memorial Golden Boot was awarded to the Man of the Match and for the second season it went to a Cardiff Airport player Michael Hall. The Vale Mayor Margaret Alexander and her Consort Jayne Norman presented the Barry Cup to Cowbridge captain Craig Burrows, assistant manager Paul Langford and manager Andy Pinchbeck.
The Vale of Glamorgan Association Football League wishes to congratulate all the winners of the finals as well as thanking all teams for participating over the season and the spectators who attended the final. Also, the League Council wishes to thanks Gavin Chesterfield and Barry Town Untied AFC representatives, Don Sylvester, Denise Carter, Vale Mayor Margaret Alexander and her consort Jayne Norman for their help in the after match presentations.