Supplementary Cup Final

By john smyth

New Winners

New winners of the Supplementary Cup were guaranteed as Bampton United Reserves
played Hailey A at Enstone. Again, the elements did no one any favours and in the open
Oxfordshire country side there was little protection against the blowing wind and biting rain.
Hailey dominated the majority of the first half with Bampton absorbing the pressure well. Bampton thought they had taken the lead when they scored from a corner, but ref Paul Bacchino disallowed it for offside.
However, there were enough chances for Hailey to have taken at least one to gain a first half
advantage but they spurned each one so the first half ended goalless.
The second half served to cement one of the long lasting football sayings ‘it’s a game of two
halves’. In a bid to make Hailey regret those missed opportunities, Bampton took control of
the second period, dominating possession and territory, exerting a similar amount of
pressure on the Hailey defence that they had withstood in the first period. Importantly
though, Bampton made the pressure pay, a trademark Seb White header, who was
unmarked and all alone at the back stick, easily found the back of the net and Bampton had
the lead. It didn’t take long for the second goal and it would be Bampton who doubled their
advantage to take control of the game. Connor O’Shea displaying lovely technique to fire
home a rasping volley, keeper Gianni Cascone stranded in the Hailey net.
With ten minutes left to play Hailey finally found the net to make for a nervous end to the
game. Ryan Stockford the man to raise Hailey hopes as he found the net for 2-1. Hailey
went in search of the equaliser to try and force an extra thirty minutes but Bampton held firm
with every man pulling his weight to maintain the Bampton resolve. The final whistle
eventually sounded to the relief of the Bampton faithful as they held on to claim the
Supplementary Cup.

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