Kingsteignton celebrate winning the Devon Senior Cup final Credit: Al McPhee/MiraclePR

SDFL round-up: Rams collect third trophy of season with Devon Senior Cup final victory

Torbay Weekly

Kingsteignton Athletic collected their third trophy of the season last Saturday afternoon with a late flurry of goals at Coach Road in the Devon Senior Cup final.

The Rams definitely didn’t have things all their own way though, especially in the first half, where Chudleigh Athletic looked the sharper of the two sides.

In fact, they were unlucky to not get a goal in the first minute when a Gavin Hammon shot from the left beat Jay Osborn but bounced back into his arms off the far post.

Kingsteignton were much better after the break, yet still had to rely on the woodwork and a superb tip-over from Osborn to stay level.

As Chudleigh legs tired, Kingsteignton manager Steve Workman brought on the pacey Ollie Kewell up front, and that substitution, just like the introduction of Aaron Paget in the Herald Cup final, swung the balance in the Rams’ favour.

With just over ten minutes remaining, Kewell drove home an effort from the edge of the box to break the deadlock. Five minutes later, and Herald Cup penalty scorer Sam Barnes was given another opportunity to deliver from 12 yards.

Once again, he hit a confident shot that gave Toby Harvey no chance. With the game entering stoppage time, Tom Reeves dealt Chudleigh a final blow, powering through the defence and firing home.

The result was also another win for the South Devon Football League, who’s representative clubs have scooped two of the three men’s county cups this season.

The final stop on Kingsteignton’s journey was at the Duckspond on Tuesday evening, where the Rams faced Chudleigh once again in the final of the Dartmouth (Division One) Cup final, sponsored by PKF Francis Clark.

Another win would see them pull off a quadruple trophy winning season.

Brixham Town became the first Torbay Clearance Services SDFL team to celebrate a league and divisional cup double last Friday night, when they won 3-1 at Watts Blake Bearne Reserves in a winner-takes-all league clash.

Goals from Dan Beech, Shane Pike and Jack Thomson saw Town over the line with only two points dropped all season.

Fin Bullen of East Allington United cemented his status as the Premier Division’s top goalscorer with a goal in his side’s 4-4 draw at Watts Blake Bearne. That strike was goal number 31 for the Pirates’ young goalscorer.

Dan Langford, who plays for Division Two champions Ilsington Villa, is the league’s overall top goalscorer though. He bagged his half century as unbeaten Villa ended their league season with a 3-3 draw at Watcombe Wanderers Reserves.

Villa will be contesting the last of the SDFL trophies, the Lidstone (Division Two) Cup on Friday night at Halford, Liverton United.

Villa’s opponents are Barton Athletic Reserves who will be hoping to end a tough season with some silverware. Coast and Country Estate Agents are the cup sponsors.