24 local teams took part in a hotly contested men’s 6-a-side football tournament at Shanklin’s County Ground on Saturday (20th July), as part of a series of tournament’s organised by the club.
Osborne Coburg won Group 4 and met East Cowes Saints in the first semi-final of the day, running out 1-0 victors.
Shanklin, winners of Group 1, met Adgestone in the second semi-final and took an early lead through a Lewis Bishton lob from the touchline. Adgestone maintained pressure throughout the game and from a corner, an overhead head secured a last-minute draw resulting in extra time.
Shanklin introduced a couple of substitutes following an exhausting day and Jack Winterbottom drove home from 20 yards to score the winning goal and a place in the final – score 2-1.
The final was evenly contested, with Shanklin hitting the post from a Lewis Bishton shot and Osborne cleared a goal-bound shot off the line, from Dan Field. Shanklin’s Ryan Hill scored the winning and only goal with minutes to go with a right-foot shot from 20 yards, with Captain Peter Wilson collecting the Trophy.
Shanklin Manager Paul Haward said:
“This has been a busy day for the Club, and I’d like to thank the referees, all of the teams, and all of the volunteers for making today possible – winning the Trophy is the icing on the cake”.
The day started with the unveiling of a club Wall of Honour, with Mayor Steve Knight and Isle of Wight Council Leader Dave Stewart unveiling pictures of players past and present. They were joined by former manager and longest-serving player Paul Biddlecombe, as well as Gerry O’Rourke, the manager of the club when they played Wimbledon in 1988.
A special pennant has been created and this was unveiled by club-record goalscorer Iain Seabrook and his mother Carol Seabrook, with Isle of Wight Councillor Paul Brading. Plans are to add to the displays over the season.
Paul Haward concluded:
“We are hoping to develop better facilities over the coming year, and thank the Co-op, McDonalds, and Rotary for their support – we are a wholly voluntary club and greatly appreciate the support we receive from the community”.