On a dark and wet April evening in Penistone the Sheffield & Hallamshire Saturday Junior Cup kicked off between Swinton Athletic Vets and Brunsmeer Athletic.
As the rain came down it did not take long for the goals to come either as within the opening minute a break down the right from Brunsmeer led to a great cross that was met with a great header past the Swinton keeper putting Brunsmeer in an immediate lead. As the game continued, the tempo was high with no team really controlling possession and play moving end to end. Just after the 10th minute a great piece of combination play from Brunsmeer resulted in an excellent through ball putting the Brunsmeer forward 1-on-1 with the Swinton goalkeeper but the shot was placed high over the bar. An excellent opportunity for Brunsmeer to double their lead. The game was physical with both teams fighting for possession and referee Piotr Zak managing the flow of the game well. Swinton started to build several attacks into wide areas but the resulting crosses were handled well by the Brunsmeer defense. On the 24th minute and Swinton Free Kick from about 25 yards out was placed low into the bottom left corner but was denied by a great diving save from the Brunsmeer number 1 to keep the scores level. On the 30th minute a Brunsmeer corner was placed high to the back post where the attempted clearance feel to Brunsmeer to drive the ball back at goal and low into the corner. Swinton 0-2 Brunsmeer. As play restarts Brunsmeer regain possession and release the ball into the flanks where a quick cross is not dealt with by Swinton and Brunsmeer capitalize to score again within the minute. Swinton 0-3 Brunsmeer. As the game continued, 3 minutes later Brunsmeer replicate their second goal as a corner from the right is delivered and again is failed to be cleared with the ball falling free for Brunsmeer to pounce on their fourth of the evening. Swinton 0-4 Brunsmeer. A tough 5 minutes of play for Swinton but they keep their heads up and push on. On the 37th minute a Swinton attack sees the ball volleyed powerfully off target but the Swinton forward deflects the shot back on goal forcing an excellent reflex save from Brunsmeers goalkeeper. Swinton again test the Brunsmeer goalkeeper 3 minutes later as a shot is driving low and powerful into the bottom left corner but is met with another save. Just before half time, Brunsmeer win another corner. The corner again is dropped onto the penalty spot and is failed to be cleared leaving the ball free to be smashed high into the top right corner of the Swinton goals. Swinton 0-5 Brunsmeer.
HALF TIME - SWINTON 0-5 BRUNSMEER
The second half shows a slower and more controlled pace to the game with Brunsmeer holding possession well and Swinton looking to sit and counter. The game is battled in midfield with neither team creating any clear chances and both defensive units working well. The first opportunity of the half falls to Brunsmeer who win a free kick on the wide right. The free kick is delivered well to the near post and meets the head of the Brunsmeer forward to results in the ball smashing the post and being cleared by Swinton defense. Swinton continue to try and create chances by combining in the wide areas but fail to create any real clear chances. Brunsmeer do well working from defense to midfield with possession but can't break through a resilient Swinton defense. With no further chances and the time drawing to a close the referee blows the final whistle.
FULL TIME - SWINTON 0-5 BRUNSMEER
A huge congratulations to Brunsmeer Athletic on a great performance and well deserved win. Well played to Swinton on a tough game but a great show of character all the way to the end. Good luck to both team in next seasons campaigns.
Another congratulations to the match officials who managed the game well and allowed the flow of the game to continue despite the physicality.
A big thank you to Penistone Church FC for accommodating the final and for being excellent hosts for both teams and officials.