Wally Castle Invitational Trophy Final – Match Report

In the first of this weekend’s double header of Cup Finals, The Colchester & District Sunday League returned to Dulwich Road, for the Wally Castle Invitational Trophy Final between Kings Park vs Clacton Rangers.

With the sun shining on the coast, there was a strong crowd in attendance as the game got underway however the only real action of note in the first five minutes was the game needing to be halted by the referee as a pitch invasion by a small child was interrupted and they were removed from the pitch, allowing play to continue!

Clacton Rangers were drawing fouls from Kings Park in the early stages as they looked to create chances and one of those fouls nearly proved costly as a free kick from range was struck well by Cameron Dolphin but went the wrong side of the post.

Not to be deterred however, in the fourteenth minute when another free kick was awarded from range, Cameron Dolphin once again stepped up and struck the ball cleanly which whistled into the top corner of the goal, evading the attempts of both the wall and the ‘keeper! A goal well worthy of gracing any cup final!

Kings Park 0-1 Clacton Rangers.

The action seemed to slow down after this as both teams had their fair share of possession, but without either ‘keeper being tested. It took until the fortieth minute before such a chance was created, however a great one on one save by Charlie Cousins in the Kings Park goal, kept the score at 0-1 going into the half time break.

Half Time: Kings Park 0-1 Clacton Rangers

The second half started with both teams once again looking to take control of the game, with Kings Park knowing they needed to create a route back into the game for themselves and in the fifty-eighth minute Kieran Sparrow of Kings Park was shown a yellow card, for his attempts to break up an attack for Clacton Rangers.

Once again, the game settled, with Clacton Rangers looking to create chances and capitalise on their ability to counter-attack as Kings Park were pushing for a goal, however failed to call the ‘keeper in to action. Kings Park were able to work the ball forward but were struggling to create any clear cut opportunities as they entered the final third, despite their possession.

In the seventy-sixth minute after a foul was awarded to Kings Park, Clacton Rangers; Finley Caro took exception to that decision and threw the ball away which the referee immediately responded to by producing a yellow card.

As the game drew to a close, there were a few nervy moments at either end with one team looking to put the game out of reach and the other looking for a way back into the game, but as had been the case in the game prior to this, neither created any meaningful attempts.

The game played to its conclusion with no further events of note, much to the delight of Clacton Rangers!

Full Time: Kings Park 0-1 Clacton Rangers

Commiserations to Kings Park who couldn’t quite do enough to find a goal over the course of the game, to force extra time or change the complexion of the tie but contributed to a well contested game!

Congratulations to Clacton Rangers who were crowned winners in their first ever cup final!

Thank you to both teams and their supporters and to Holland FC for their hospitality once again!

Kings Park: Charlie Cousins, Liam Sparrow, Aston Sharp, Scott Humphries, Ruaidhri Kavanagh, Sean James, Kieren Sparrow, Taylor McAndrews, Lyndon Bramhall, Emmanuel Okyere, Sean Anderson. Subs: Luke Willis, Kurtis Cushway, Sam Reeve, Darren Simon, Chris Kyriacou.

Clacton Rangers : Connor Needs, Ronnie Dawson, Sonny Stone, Toby Harms, Cameron Dolphin, Sean Flanders, Bob Nesling, Josh Haynes, Ben Vickers, Jamey Williams, Jordan Mallett. Subs: Finley Caro, Shane Spacey, Matt Lonsdale, Daniel Cachia, Harry Stone.

Match report and photos courtesy of League Sec. Aaron Finch.

Referee Simon Lewis (C), Assistant Referee Jonathan Sly (L) and Assistant Referee David Jackson (R)
Man of the Match, chosen by Ernie Osborne,
Cameron Dolphin of Clacton Rangers.
Runners-up : Kings Park
League President Mr Ernie Osborne presents the winner’s trophy to Clacton Rangers’ Captain Sean Flanders.
Wally Castle Invitational Trophy Winners – Clacton Rangers