Ventnor Celebrations After Game
Ventnor celebrate winning Memorial Cup


Memorial Cup Final (portrait)
Jack Barsdell takes on Josh Younie

A hat trick from centre forward Charlie Urry ensured victory for Ventnor in the final game of the 2023/24 Isle of Wight football season at the Peter Henry ground on Friday evening.

Ventnor began the game without captain and prolific scorer Emerson Tattersall. High Park included Newport’s Josh Younie in their starting line up.

The South Island side – playing down the slope in the 1st half – began the game on the front foot with Jack Barsdell backheeling the ball into the path of Charlie Urry on the edge of the penalty area for the centre forward to curl the ball past High Park keeper Kieran Williams and into the right side of the goal after just 30 seconds (0-1).

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High Park were unfortunate when denied a clear penalty in the 8th minute when their centre forward Dan Robjant appeared to have been taken out by Ventnor keeper Dan Russell.

Ventnor doubled their lead on the quarter hour mark after Barsdell had sent a high cross into the path of Urry who headed the ball into the goal from close range (0-2).

Memorial Cup Final
Memorial Cup Final: High Park v Ventnor

High Park then had 2 of their starting line up – Zak Younie and Kyle Kilroy – forced off injured to be replaced by Isaac Marley and Chris Dibsdale.

However – to their credit – High Park battled gamely with Josh Younie shooting over the crossbar in the 22nd minute.

Nathan Holton then gave High Park a lifeline in the 38th minute by volleying the ball past Russell from a 38th minute corner (1-2).

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Half time: High Park 1-2 Ventnor

Memorial Cup Final (2)
Memorial Cup final: High Park v Ventnor

The 2nd half was an even affair until the closing stages of the game when Ventnor extended their goal advantage.

Ventnor began the 2nd half with a flurry of chances, with Urry sending the ball just past the upright on 3 occasions, and Frddie Knowles striking the crossbar from a 54th minute free kick.

High Park had a golden opportunity to equalise on the hour mark when John Robjant found himself unmarked in the Ventnor penalty area but could only send his effort past the right post.

With 15 minutes remaining, High Park came close to levelling the score, with Dan Robjant rattling the left post.

Memorial Cup Final (corner)
Memorial Cup Final: High Park v Ventnor

The final minutes of the game went Ventnor’s way: a minute from full time Neo Lamb saw his header clatter off the crossbar for Martin Barrow to provide the finishing touch (1-3)

Urry then secured his hat trick by poking the ball into the goal from 5 yards in the 7th minute of injury time (1-4).

The match – which many had predicted would be a fiery encounter – produced only 1 booking towards the end of the game.

Full time: High Park 1-4 Ventnor

Ventnor Memorial Cup (1)
Ventnor win Memorial cup

High Park: Williams, Jenson, Foster, J. Younie, Holton, Hunt, J. Robjant, Galloway, D. Robjant, Z. Younie, Kilroy Subs: Marley, Wu, Dibsdale
Ventnor: Russell, S. Mullholland, Illman, S. Gee (c), Lamb, Knowles, H. Mullholland, Barrow, Urry, R. Gee, Barsdell Subs: Groundsell, Franklin, Rowland
Man-of-the-match: Charlie Urry (Ventnor)

Charlie Urry
Man-of-the-match Charlie Urry

Ventnor finish their season 3rd in Harwoods Division 1, finalists in the Island Echo Challenge Cup, and winners of the Memorial Cup. Last season, the South Wight side plied their trade in Division 2. They are expected to further strengthen their side ahead of the 2024/25 season.

Collecting Trophy
Ventnor collect winners’ medals

High Park return to Harwoods Division 2 next year. Sadly, it appears High Park Reserves – who won Combination 2 – will be denied their chance of further silverware as the Junior B cup final will not be played due to clubs fielding illegible players over the course of the competition.

High Park Losers Medals
High Park collect runners up medals

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Sloop John B.
Sloop John B.
30 days ago

Why do footballers find it normal to strip naked in front of their work mates after they have finished doing what they are paid to do.?

Can you imagine working in McDonald’s and your workmate just made an order for a big Mac meal with a large milkshake, then he strips naked and hugs you and asks you to join him in the bath.?

Absolutely pathetic they should grow up and keep their clothes on.

Kevin P Cook
Kevin P Cook
Reply to  Sloop John B.
30 days ago

These guys are serious about their sport and teams. So much so that emotions often dictate their actions. Be it aggressive or playful.

Perhaps you have a dull life and can’t understand what these boys feel.

Better luck next time Daryl know you must be gutted mate

Sloop John B.
Sloop John B.
Reply to  Kevin P Cook
30 days ago

They kick a ball around a field and get so excited that they strip naked and jump in a bath with other men.?

Judges are passionate about their job too, after a long trial when sentencing is passed, they don’t invite the jury to join them in the bath.

No excuse.

Reply to  Sloop John B.
30 days ago

Your clearly still in the closet mince meat

Reply to  Sloop John B.
30 days ago

Load of pansies, footballers are not usually the brightest bunch of people.


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