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Dyers seal cup victory in entertaining game

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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DYERS Arms lifted the Calvin Simmill Memorial Cup by beating Division One rivals Waterhouses 3-2 in the final at Waterhouses on Sunday.

Dyers, pictured, raced into a 2-0 lead through strikes by Andy Graham and Ben White.

Waterhouses lacked the drive in the first half they showed in their 3-1 semi-final defeat of Railway Inn the previous Tuesday.

However, they knew they needed to produce some special after the break and within 10 minutes of the second half they were level.

Skipper Brian Mycock got the last touch in a gaolmouth scramble to reduce the deficit, and then some good work from Jake Binns made it 2-2.

Both sides attacked at every opportunity to make make it an entertaining game.

Waterhouses began to tire in the heat, as they began to feel the effects of their hectic end to the season.

It was Nick Cooke who netted the winner for Dyers with 10 minutes remaining.

Premier Division champions ended the season with their 100 per cent record intact, but only just.

Valiant Troggs made them fight all the way for their nail-biting 3-2 success at Birchall last Thursday evening. Troggs came back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2.

This was despite starting the game with only 10 men and suffering the agony of seeing Mike Keates miss a penalty.

Ollie Mellor scored twice to give Elmos their two-goal cushion, only for Mitch Cartlidge and James Floyd to level matters in an action-packed encounter.

Floyd then stunned Elmos by grabbing a second goal to give Troggs the lead.

However, Mitch Shenton stepped up to equalise for Elmos from the penalty and then Jimmy McMullen grabbed a dramatic winner in the very last minute.

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