Sunday Amateur cup

MATCH REPORT: Dom Doyle 2-1 Salford Colts

Ethan James
A Johnny Robinson-Sarsevic brace inspired Dom Doyle to a narrow 2-1 win over Salford Colts.

A Johnny Robinson-Sarsevic brace inspired Dom Doyle to a narrow 2-1 win over Salford Colts to win the Sunday Amateur Cup Final at The Abbey Stadium on Friday.

Salford opened the scoring through Jack Davies’ close-range effort, before Dom Doyle’s Robinson-Sarsevic scored late in both halves to seal the win for the Blues. 

Salford started the game as the better team, with Davies’ stunning halfway strike crashing off the top of the crossbar – bringing a sigh of relief from Dom Doyle’s back-pedalling goalkeeper, Mark Dillnut.

But Davies was to score only moments later, after he smashed the ball home from 6-yards following Conor McIvor’s darting run and effort forced Dillnut to parry the ball into Davies’ path, who then made no mistake with the finish.

The Reds then struggled to capitalise on their early goal and were punished in the latter stages of the half, after a Dom Doyle corner was scrambled over the goal-line by striker Robinson-Sarsevic for 1-1. 

Half-time: Dom Doyle 1-1 Salford ColtS

Salford’s efforts to retake the lead saw them denied by the woodwork once more after Harrie Fisher’s fierce near-post strike was saved spectacularly by a combination of Dillnut and post.

But it was Dom Doyle’s Robinson-Sarsevic who stole the winner at the death, after a driven cross from the right found the number nine in the centre of the 6-yard box to slam the ball down the middle of the goal.

Gene Hoole must have thought he wrapped up the game for the Blues only moments later, but he saw his thunderous shot from the right wing beat the diving Mitchell Gilligan but smash off the far-post.

Salford pushed until the final whistle to find an equaliser but failed to do so – sending Dom Doyle fans into an ecstasy of celebration and for Dom Doyle to lift the 2019 Manchester FA Sunday Amateur Cup.