CLAYTON Deane stabbed home a last-minute winner to secure a first Suffolk Sunday Trophy success for Bardwell Sports.
Deane stretched out his right-foot to guide the ball past FC Monarchs keeper Josh Silburn from close range to complete a 3-2 victory in the second final of ‘Super Sunday’ at AFC Sudbury.
It was FC Monarchs who took a 26th minute lead when Dan Colthorpe picked himself up after he had been fouled by Alex Thomson to convert from the penalty spot.
FC Monarchs’ lead lasted only six minutes as Silburn spilled Mason Thorogood’s 25-yard drive and Deane reacted quickest to head home over the keeper as he challenged for the loose ball.
Premier Logos Bury & District Sunday League side Bardwell Sports went ahead for the first time in the 37th minute, Danny Hammond laying the ball off to Thorogood whose well-struck effort nestled inside the far post.
Mark Roper teed up Matthew Baalham for the Ipswich Sunday Football League side’s equaliser after 74 minutes to set up an exciting finale.
Just when it looked as though the outcome would be settled by a penalty shoot-out, Deane reacted quickest to divert the ball home after a shot from outside the area struck a defender and looped up in the air. Deane is pictured above celebrating his last-gasp winner.
The Sunday Trophy and medals were presented by Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal.
Bardwell Sports: Max Cunnell, Danny Hammond, Alex Thomson, Mitchell Thomson, Ryan Billmen, Ben Smith, Harry Taylor, Bruno Pissarreira, Clayton Deane, Mason Thorogood, Luke Amps. Used subs: Paddy McQueen, Joe Read, Christian Wickham. Unused subs: Elliot Day, Damon Trench.
FC Monarchs: Josh Silburn, Luke Wilding, Marc Emmerson, Scott Welton, Craig Leathers, Jonny Roper, Curtis Smith, Matthew Baalham, Dan Colthorpe, Mark Roper, Shaun Emmerson. Used subs: Tom Goodchild, Callum Barnes, Callum Cook. Unused subs: Richard Moss, Oliver Powell.
Referee: Adam Burroughs.