Cup victory adds up to double delight for Elmer

Elmer celebrate their Charity Cup win
Elmer celebrate their Charity Cup win

Elmer completed a memorable 2013-14 season by defeating top tier Old Barn Pirates 4-2 in the C&WSL Charity Cup final

to secure a fantastic cup double.

The match got off to a shaky start for the underdogs with Elmer – who play in division two of the Chichester and West Sussex League – going behind after just five minutes.

A strong challenge on right-back Alex Berry saw the ball break for Karl Westbrook to fire the ball past Kyle McWilliam.

Elmer stepped up their efforts but were stifled by the impressive Danny Miller.

Their endeavour was rewarded in the 20th minute. A break down the right by Jamie Greenhill saw his cross elude Barn keeper Warren Pye and fall to the prolific RJ Hampton, who smashed the ball home before colliding with Pye.

It proved to be his last involvement as his was unable to recover from the knock and was replaced by Alex Styles, which saw Elmer’s Brad Derry pushed forward.

Elmer created a number of chances and when the ball fell to Greenhill in the 37th minute he sent a wickedly swerving shot past Pye to give them a half-time lead.

The second half began with Old Barn piling on the pressure. A goalmouth scramble in the 48th minute from a corner saw the ball find its way over the line.

Slowly, the tide turned back in Elmer’s favour and with their midfield three of Tom Bann, Keelan Belcher and Matt Hope beginning to dominate it seemed only a matter of time before Elmer’s lead would be restored.

Old Barn’s tackles were becoming more industrial, with a late challenge on Styles resulting in a free-kick to Elmer wide on the left. Hope stepped up and his fine ball in found Belcher, who powered an unstoppable header into make it 3-2.

With Elmer’s fitness beginning to tell it was no real surprise when they doubled their lead ten minutes later.

Good defensive work by Berry saw the ball find its way to Belcher, who looked up and drilled a magnificent 40-yard cross-field ball to Styles. The diminutive winger, fully 25 yards from goal, met the ball sweetly and fired his first-time volley into the far corner of the net.

It was a dream end to Elmer’s season of seasons and places the Charity Cup alongside the already won Shuker Memorial Trophy.