Greens come from behind to win the cup

Burnley Belvedere Under 18s show off the silverware after their cup final victory
Burnley Belvedere Under 18s show off the silverware after their cup final victory

Burnley Belvedere Under 18s won the East Lancashire Alliance Cup Final on Sunday, beating Whalley 3-1 in the final played at Darwen’s Anchor Ground.

After a lacklustre first half, Belvedere found themselves 1-0 down at half-time, but responded superbly in the second half, with a brilliant team performance to claim a thoroughly deserved win.

The equaliser came directly from Liam Cole’s in-swinging corner, which ended up in the net, after deceiving everyone.

With the midfield trio of Harry Halstead, Karl Starkie and captain Matt Aspinall, dominating proceedings in the centre of the park, and the well organised defence, nullifying the threat from the pacey Whalley attack, it wasn’t long before Belvedere went ahead.

Adam Monk stole in between the Whalley defence to head home Will Norcross’ dangerous free kick.

It was left for Cole to wrap up the trophy, firing home a spectacular 25-yard curling effort into the top right hand corner – a very fitting finale to a successful season.

The cup final team was: Matthew Aspinall, Hasaan Ashraf, Bradley Garnett, Harry Halstead, Sam Launder, Joshua Manton, Will Norcross, Jack Reynolds, Charles Salisbury, Karl Starkie and Jack Waite, with Liam Cole and Adam Monk the substitutes.

The Greens finished third in the East Lancashire Football Alliance Under 18s Red League, with nine wins fro their 14 games.

They finished three points behind second place Lammack Juniors, with champions Fulledge Colts a further point better off.

The team would like to express their sincere thanks to sponsors Norpol Recycling and White House Services, for their support.