Rowsell wonder strike settles cup quarter final!

Locking Park came into this game on the back of a great win and a number of encouraging performances and were in confident mood ahead of this Davis Shield Quarter Final.

It was an even contest for the opening part of the match but Wrington took the lead after 7 minutes when an excellently free kick from just outside the area flew straight into the back of the net. Park equalised when Ben Hollow flicked the ball in the air and acrobatically volleyed into the top corner from just inside the area. From then on Park were the better team creating a number of chances that they couldn’t convert from excellent play from Chris Green, Liam Page, Dan Cook and Brett Bolton. But Wrington went in at 2-1 up at half-time following a hotly disputed penalty decision.

Park started the second half in determined fashion and enjoyed near total domination for the rest of the match, with Ben Hollow and Somers Counsell running the midfield, and the back line of Dave Bordon, Jordan New, Mike Page, Lyndon Cook and Jon Rowsell not looking like they were going to conceede. However, Wrington were always dangerous on the break and were it not for a couple of wonder saves from Dave Bordon they would have gone 3-1 down. Substitute Craig Baird came on and helped change the game in Park’s favour, scoring with 20 minutes to go with a classy finish over the keeper.

Injury and a lack of other substitutes meant player-manager Joe Rowsell was called in to action for the last 15 minutes. Very late in the game, with extra-time looming ,he controlled a knock down from Baird in the area, and coolly swivelled to fire the ball across the giant keeper to win the game in the last minute. Cue wild celebrations for which Rowsell was lucky not to be booked for taking his shirt off!

Man of the match could have gone to anyone in the team, however it was awarded to Dave Bordon for some world class saves at a crucial point in the game.