POYNTON 2 HIGH LANE 0

Poynton retained the Stockport & District FA Cup with a deserved victory over Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Premier League team High Lane at Edgeley Park last night.

Poynton controlled the game from the first minute and always looked in controlled but where helped by High Lane’s poor discipline as they had two men sent off.

It was a scrappy first half with neither side able to create clear chances. High Lane set up very defensively, trying to frustrate the Cheshire League side and hit them on the break but defensive duo Luke Jones and Nick Challinor looked solid all evening.

Matt Toole and Carl McCurrie both looked dangerous on the the wings and caused problems but High Lane also defended well, Nathan Taylor impressing at the heart of their back line.

The key moment came just before half time. James Manson and Adam Jarad went in for a 50/50 challenge but the High Lane man seemed to lose control and went in dangerously, catching Manson on the head with his studs and the referee showed a straight red card.

This seemed to get into the heads of High Lane who began to argue and complain to the referee. On 58 minutes Poynton took the lead, Hurst was fouled inside the area and McCurrie stepped up to calmly stroke the ball into the back of the net.

High Lane were soon down to nine men. Right back Fitzpatrick shown a second yellow card after stupidly kicking the ball aggressively away. Substitute Leeson also lucky to escape an early bath after kicking out at substitute Hough and then repeating the act on Toole.

The game was put to bed when Hough and Hurst combined to set up Mathers for the second and how Poynton didn’t score again was a mystery with great chances for Leach & Mathers.

It was a comfortable win in the end but a bad injury to Tom Parker made it a strange full time whistle.

After a frustrating season it was a great way to finish and everyone is now looking forward to the new season.

POYNTON: Ward, Morris (Hough), Quinn (Jackson), Challinor, Jones, Wright, McCurrie (Mathers), Manson, Hurst (Oakes), Leach, Toole (Garvey)

GOALS: McCurrie (pen) 58, Mathers 80

MAN OF THE MATCH: Nick Challinor