Scarborough Athletic lifted the North Riding FA Senior Cup as they beat Marske United on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 game.
Thomas Taylor was the hero of the final as he saved three penalties in the shoot-out winning the game for his club after they had come up short as runners-up in last year’s final vs Middlesbrough U23s.
The game started very evenly with both teams looking to attack straight from the kick off in this thrilling end to end final. Marske had the first chance of the game when Glen Butterworth played a ball over the top to Jack Blackford, who won the battle against the defender but hit the ball straight at the goalkeeper.
Scarborough Athletic responded straight away with a chance from James Walshaw who also saw his shot go straight into the keeper’s arms.
The game was end to end with both teams having great chances to score, however it was Marske United who broke the deadlock in the 25th minute after a long throw came into the box and Jamie Owens gained possession before turning on the six yard box and smashing his effort into the left hand corner.
With Marske United one up, Scarborough looked for an equalizer however they struggled to trouble the Teessiders who defended well with their goalkeeper Robert Dean dealing confortably with the few shots and crosses he had to face.
Marske were hoping to go into halftime 1-0 up, however in the 42nd minute Scarborough Athletic forward James Walshaw went down in the penalty area after a challenge from a Marske defender and referee James Unwin pointed to the spot.
Walshaw stepped up, hitting his spot-kick low to the goalkeeper’s right with Dean making an excellent save but the rebound fell straight to Walshaw who made no mistake at the second time of asking.
In the second half, Scarborough grew into the game looking far more threatening than they had before the break. In the 60th minute, Wayne Brooksby had a shot from outside the area which was palmed away by Dean but Scarborough’s skipper Michael Coulson managed to pounce on the rebound and lift the ball over the goalkeeper and put Scarborough ahead.
Marske responded in the 73rd minute with the excellent Craig Gott equalising. Picking the ball up on the left-hand side of the penalty area, he cut inside before curling a delicious his right foot effort and into the far corner of Thomas Taylor’s net to make it 2-2.
As the game entered its final stages both teams had chances to win the game in normal time but neither were able to find a winning goal.
With the game level after 90 minutes it was decided by penalties with Scarborough Athletic goalkeeper Thomas Taylor the hero of the night as he saved three penalties to win the shoot-out 3-2 for his club and see the trophy won by the Seadogs after an enthralling game.
Thomas Taylor, Jack Johnson, Joshua Lacey, Ryan Watson, Kevin Burgess, Baley Gooda, Flynn McNaughton, Wayne Brooksby, James Walshaw, Michael Coulson, Luke Lofts.
Subs used: Luke Dean, Jamie Forrester,
Robert Dean, Callum Martin, Liam O’Sullivan, Glen Butterworth, Andrew May, Adam Wheatley ©, Jack Blackford, Craig Gott, Chay Liddle, Jamie Owens, Curtis Round.
Subs used: James Fairley, Matthew Waters
Referee- James Unwin
Assistant Referee- Tom Ross, Sam Bayley
Fourth Official- Sam Packer