HARDY FC made it two county cup victories in successive seasons.
They demolished fellow Ipswich Sunday Football League side Gainsborough United 6-0 in the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield Final, the first of the three ‘Super Sunday’ finals at AFC Sudbury on Sunday.
The Felixstowe-based side became only the third team to lift the shield the season after winning the Suffolk Sunday Trophy – Gunton OB (1992-93 & 1993-94) and Stow Excelsior (2003-04 & 2004-05) being the others.
Four of the goals came direct from free-kicks and a fifth straight from a corner as George McCallum netted a hat-trick and Connor Field struck twice.
Hardy took the lead after just three minutes when Field’s left-wing free-kick eluded goalkeeper Toby Downing and ended up in the back of the net.
Hardy's Connor Field (No.10) is congratulated after scoring one of his two goals in the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield Final against Gainsborough United on Sunday. Photograph: Lily Chiang
Two minutes later it was 2-0 – George McCallum scoring in similar fashion direct from a right-wing corner.
The third goal arrived in the 38th minute – Field scoring an almost identical goal to his first as Downing fumbled his left-wing free-kick into his own net.
A minute after the re-start, Jack Sayers slid home from an acute angle despite the efforts of a defender to keep the ball out.
McCallum then powered home a 25-yard free-kick after 52 minutes, before Field had a header cleared off the line and then lifted his shot over the crossbar from the rebound
Gainsborough’s Luke Dunn forced a save from Nick Evans in the 83rd minute, but McCallum’s sweetly-struck free-kick rounded off the scoring as the clock ticked into time added on.
Gainsborough Utd: Toby Downing, Anton O’Donoghue, Tyler Gardiner, Luke Dunn, Callum Meadows, Joe Baldry, Lewis Smy, Shane Forbes, Warren Curtis, Kurtis Wells, Tyler Dickson. Used subs: Connor Welham, Owen Dunn, Bailey Tye, Brandon Archer, Ryan Hassell.
Hardy FC: Nick Evans, Jamie Greening, Shaun Greening, Jack Moss, Jack Sayers, Connor Field, James Green, George McCallum, Alfie Matthews, Ross Young, Charlie McCarthy. Used subs: George Connor, James McCallum, Ben Vincent, Matt Ray.
Referee: Paul Staddon.
Players from Gainsborough United (yellow shirts) and Hardy (blue shirts) battle for possession in the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield Final at AFC Sudbury on Sunday. Photograph: Lily Chiang