Padihams A team reach Bird Cup Final

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PADIHAM FC’s A team have reached the NHS Bird Cup Final for the first time after beating Healeywood 5-0 on Tuesday.

All the goals came in the second half, with a Michael Taylor free kick starting the goal rush.

Shane Kennedy (2), Joey Taylor and Steve Astbury completed the scoring.

The Storks face Rock Rovers in the final.

Both clubs play their football in the Second Division of the East Lancs Football League and have already met twice in the league this season.

Rock Rovers won the first encounter, but Padiham A avenged this defeat with a 4-1 win against their rivals towards the end of the season.

If any club wants to reserve a place in the 2011-2012 Bird Cup competition, which commences in August, please contact tournament organiser, Mark Mercer on 07411 119 068 for details.

Meanwhile, Padiham’s end of season awards night is tonight at the Arbories.

The Under 16s presentation will be made at 8 p.m., with the senior sides later in the evening.

All supporters are welcome, and the event starts at 7-30 p.m.