Eagley are pride of Lancashire - at last
EAGLEY lifted the top amateur prize in Lancashire when they stormed to a 3-0 victory over big rivals Charnock Richard to lift the Lancashire Amateur Shield.
The Dunscar men gained sweet revenge on their fellow West Lancashire League Premier Division side who had beaten them in the previous two finals.
Jordan Cover, and Liam Carr scored either side of an own goal to spark delirious celebrations which eradicated the disappointment of the last two years and finally saw Eagley lift the county’s most coveted trophy after a gap of 52 years.
“It is an enormous achievement just to get to the final,” said club secretary Phil Morley. “To win it is incredible – I was in short pants the last time we did it.
“It’s like the FA Cup for amateur teams in Lancashire. All the leagues are represented and it’s testament to the West Lancashire League that it is two of their teams who have got there for the last two years.”
They went into the game second favourites against a strong Charnock side who are reigning champions in the West Lancashire League Premier Division and on course to retain their title.
Eagley, currently fourth in the table, had also been beaten twice by them in the league this season. But they were in no mood to let the form book prevent them from making it third time lucky.
Striker Cover stunned the favourites on 15 minutes when he eluded the defence and beat the keeper in a one-on-one to put Eagley ahead.
Charnock replied by stepping up the pressure, but manager Paul Marriott’s men stood firm and resisted the onslaught of a Charnock team intent on going for their second successive league and County Cup double.
“Danny Lever pulled off a world class save soon after, if he’d not done it might have changed it,” said Marriott.
“We then defended really well and went in 1-0 at half time.
“Then, we frustrated them an got in their faces in the second half and got and own goal from a corner to go 2-0 up.”
Carr put the gloss on a perfect night when he smashed a spectacular shot in for the clincher 15 minutes from time.
“I was really proud of everyone,” added Marriott. “If I had to pick players out I would have to pick them all out because they were all fantastic.
“Charnock are a really strong team but we were all over them.Everybody was absolutely massive, every player won their individual battles.
“We proved what we are capable of. The players were right, the tactics were right and we got our reward.
“That’s the sixth final we have been in in five seasons and we’ve won three of the six.
“But this is the best of them, there’s no bigger cup to win for amateur teams in Lancashire than this.”
Eagley, who are aiming for another top-four finish in the league, have a treble cup target with the Bolton Hospital Cup in their sights along with the West Lancs League Richardson Cup for Premier Division sides in which they are in semi-final action against Euxton next Tuesday night at Coppull United’s ground (6.30pm kick off).