In a repeat of the 2018 final, Manchester Wolves beat Barr Hill Veterans to take home the Manchester FA Veterans Cup for the second successive year.
Manchester Wolves won the 2019 Manchester FA Veterans Cup by three goals to one against Barr Hill JFC after late drama at both ends on Friday night.
It was typical Manchester night with a combination of strong wind and rain adding slips and spills to the cup final evening, at the home of Chadderton FC.
The game kicked off full of intensity, with both sides pushing for the early goal. Manchester Wolves were the first to capitalise after man of the match winner, Danny Neilan, volleyed a deflected corner past Barr Hill goalkeeper Steve Naylor to take a one nil lead.
Just before halftime, Barr Hill’s Steve Hughes went close with a bullet header, from just inside the penalty area but his attempt rebounded off the crossbar and was cleared away.
Manchester Wolves started the better of the two sides in the second half, with Dan Adcock making the most of his side’s dominance. Curling his shot from the edge of the penalty area past Ste Naylor to make the game two nil.
It nearly went from bad to worse for Barr Hill when a penalty was awarded to Manchester Wolves moments after conceding, but Steve Naylor dived the right way to keep his side in the final.
Barr Hill looked inspired by the penalty save and a comeback was on the horizon, when Paul Berry volleyed his shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
But it was Manchester Wolves’ night, with Marc Yaffe taking the ball down the other end, calmly rounding the keeper and tapping the ball home to regain his sides two goal lead moments before the final whistle.
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