Match Report 23 April 2017

In the semi-final of the Stephen Wells Memorial Trophy first division Jolly Farmers entertained first division champions JFC United and they got off to a flying start.  A Jolly Farmers free kick was played wide right and the ball was crossed into the area for Charlie Iveson to volley home after only one minute.  Things got better for Jolly Farmers two minutes later when the JFC United keeper dropped the ball on the edge of the area and in an attempt to retrieve the ball he brought the forward down, Connor Hardman converted the resulting penalty.  JFC United strived for a way back into the game and were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal and the resulting kick saw the Jolly Farmers keeper Liam Macsween tip the ball around the post for a corner.  Jolly Farmers extended their lead on 26 minutes when a poor clearance from the JFC United keeper fall straight to Matthew Baike-Ghazvini who drilled the ball beyond the keeper from 35 yards.  On 37 minutes JFC United pulled a goal back as Jolly Farmers defence appealed for offside and Junior Masandi went on and scored.  The second half saw JFC United dominate the possession as they looked to get back into the game but were thwarted by some good goalkeeping from Liam Macsween who pulled off a couple of fine saves to deny JFC United.  Jolly Farmers will now meet Nifco in the final at Thornaby on the 12 May.

In the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy semi-final second division champions South Bank were at home to premiership Thornaby Oddfellows but it was the visitors whose experience saw them through 7-1.  Arron Brookbanks and substitute Newton Boyce both scored twice plus a goal each from Jamie Taylor, Richard Robinson and Benjamin Kerry.  Thornaby Oddfellows now wait to see who they will meet in the final either JFC United or Hardwick Social Club who play this weekend.

In the Premier division Norton Red Lion entertained Billingham The White House and it was the visitors who gave a virtuoso 45 minutes with Nathan Bayes running the Red Lion ragged scoring two superb goals after coming from behind to a brilliant opener for Red Lion from Ryan Watson.  The game was superb end to end football played in excellent spirit from start to finish and was enjoyable and had pulses raised.  Ryan Watson added a second for Red Lion and over the 90 minutes the draw was a fair result, both teams a credit.  Hardwick Social Club already crowned league champions entertained Billingham The Merlin at Tilery and ran out comfortable 9-0 winners with Jamie Owens helping himself to five goals, Luke Whittaker scored two and there was a goal each from Tony Johnson and Christopher Stockton.

There was only one game in division one when Thornaby Roundel were at home to Thornaby Aerodrome Club and it was Roundel who shaded the game by the odd goal in five.  Scorers for Thornaby Roundel were Daniel Longley, David Campbell and Ryan Harker whilst Jason McNamee and Thomas Brown scored for Aerodrome Club. 

Last Thursday Thornaby Aerodrome Club were in the final of the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup facing the holders Trafalgar F.C.  The first half was dominated by Trafalgar but they struggled to breakdown a stubborn TAC defence until a minute before half time when a freekick was headed home at the back post to give Trafalgar the lead. In the second half Trafalgar added a second after three minutes and then added a further five to give them victory.  To their credit Thornaby Aerodrome Club battled all the way through but the Trafalgar proved to be too strong and ran out worthy winners.