Congratulations to the players and staff of Linfield Swifts who today won 3-1 against Newington in the sunny Seaview Steel and Sons Cup Final.
3 years ago the Swifts won the cup final 3-1 against Dundela but 2 years ago, lost the final 1-0 against today’s opponents Newington.
The Linfield Swifts team line up was
Daniel Reynolds — (Adam Carroll 64 mins)
It was a well deserved success for the young Swifts who created several good opportunities throughout the game.
Dale Taylor was impressive up front for the Swifts and he had an early shot well saved and then another effort was just the wrong side of the post. Charlie Allen also pulled a shot just wide of the far post and a terrific strike from captain Trai Hume brought out an equally stunning save from the Newington keeper after 35 minutes.
Linfield took a deserved lead when Jake Corbett headed into the net, following a right wing cross at the railway end of the Seaview stadium.
Half time Linfield Swifts 1 Newington 0
Early after the restart, a Charlie Allen free kick was turned round the post by the alert Newington keeper.
Newington had a goal ruled out for offside - a header from a free kick after 55 minutes.
Linfield continued to press and Daniel Reynolds pulled a strike wide of the post, a few minutes before he was replaced by Adam Carroll after 64 minutes.
Linfield doubled the advantage when Jake Corbett headed into the net, following a left wing cross in the 71st minute.
Trai Hume was next to shoot wide of the post and sub Robert McVarnock pulled a goal back for Newington after 79 minutes, when he headed home a right wing cross from close range.
The impressive Newington keeper produced another fine save to deny Charlie Allen, as Linfield sought to put the result beyond doubt.
As the game entered injury time, Alex Moore produced a stunning point blank save to deny Newington an equaliser. As the loose ball trickled towards the goal line, Trai Hume got back to hook the ball off the line and behind for a corner.
From the resultant corner, the ball broke to Charlie Allen on the edge of his own box. With no defender between him and the net at the Shore Rd end of Seaview, Allen broke at speed and he had the composure, one on one with the keeper, to slot the ball past him to seal an entertaining and deserved 3-1 win.
Sponsors man of the match - 2 goal Jake Corbett.
Captain Trai Hume lifted the impressive and hugely prestigious Steel and Sons Cup Trophy.
Final score - Linfield Swifts 3 Newington 1
Photos and reaction from David Dorrian and Jake Corbett to follow