The 2017-18 Sunday Challenge Shield champions, Hulme Football Club lifting the trophy at Shawe View.

Congratulations, Hulme Football Club!

Hulme FC win their first Manchester County Cup in dramatic fashion against the previous holders, Middleton Colts.

On Wednesday 21 March, Hulme FC picked up the Sunday Challenge Shield in dramatic fashion at Shawe View. After the original fixture in late February was postponed due to the 'Beast from the East' the anticipation for this game was high.

Hulme didn't mess around in this fixture, opening the scoring in less than 30 seconds from the kick-off to take an early lead after a fast attacking move. Shocking the holders, Middleton Colts in the process. As challenges flew in from both sides, it was Colts who struck back before the 10-minute mark. Jonny Munson, who scored in last year's County Cup Final, directed a header past Declan Oliver from a corner.

As both sides traded blows, the Oldham Sunday League and Manchester Amateur Sunday League teams went into the interval level.

With a quarter left, the lads from Middleton took the lead through a penalty from Ste Cass. But it was far from over as Hulme continued to push forward and their efforts were rewarded in a crazy five-minutes from full-time. On the 86th minute Rhys Jones added to Daniel Queeley's goal and Player of the Match performance to make the game all-square again. Penalties surely.

Not in this game, with one of the last kicks of the tie, Colts fired a back-pass to their keeper and in one of the cruelest ways to lose a final, the ball trickled over the line to send the Hulme fans, players and management into hysterics. A momentus night for the players in blue recording their first Manchester FA triumph, but a tough night for the previous holders who have had continued success in both league and cup competitions over the years.

Attendance: 153

Match Officials: Jason McAuley (Referee), Tim Bartley & Kevin McNally (Assistants), Nabil Sadek (4th Official).

Highlights from the game will be uploaded to our YouTube channel in the coming days, with the dedicated cup page on this website also updated in due course.


Starting XI
1. Neil McNulty
5. Nathan Daly
4. Ryan Hall
14. Brett Warde
3. Ryan Alessandra
18. James Wilson
10. Jamie Diamond
8. Ryan Burgess (Captain)
20. Ste Cass
13. Jonny Munson
11. Liam Smith

19. Kacy Samuels
16. Connor Milne
15. Ashford Blake
12. Antony Courtney
6. Danny Wolsenholme

Paul Hindley

Starting XI
1. Declan Oliver
2. Rees Welsh
3. Ismail Suleiman
4. Adrian Bellamy
5. Kieran Keeney
6. Kyle Brown c
7. Youssef Belattar
8. Shaun Williams (Captain)
9. Daniel Queeley (Player of the Match)
10. Jordan Bates
11. Daryl Garwood

12. Remeio Gray
14. Jerome Bryson
15. Ryan Ellis
16. Rhys Jones
17. Yahya Saeed

Aaron Liburd

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