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Trophy joy for Halebank
12:05pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
HALEBANK lifted the Derek Roylance Widnes Challenge Cup for the first time after missing out in the previous three years.
Connor Speed’s double proved enough for Halebank after Charlie Jones had levelled for Moorfield in the second half.
Speed opened the scoring in the fourth minute when his 35-yard free kick eluded Moorfield keeper Paul Harrison and found its way into the back of the net.
The forward thought he had claimed a second minutes later, only to see the lineman’s flag go up after he headed home from close range.
Moorfield started to fight their way back into it and Jones was denied by Halebank stopper Grant Hartley, with Chris White’s resulting corner rattling the bar.
Moorfield started brightest after the interval and were unlucky not to level when Paul Giles’ free kick thundered back off the crossbar.
Jones then sent through Chris White as Moorfield threatened again, but after displaying quick feet to work an opening he shot over.
However, Moorfield finally found the equaliser when Jones collected White’s pass and lobbed the on-rushing Halebank keeper from all of 20 yards.
Halebank skipper Nick Ellis made a darting run into the box, only to be brought down by a Moorfield defender.
Ellis picked himself and the ball up, but fired wide from the spot.
However, in the final minute with extra time looming Ellis managed to dig out a superb cross and Speed was on hand to head home the Halebank winner.
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