First Team vs. Hallam FC (0 : 2)

Thursday, 12 July, 2018 - 19:30

Hallam FC finally regained the Alan Cooper Memorial Trophy last Thursday, as two first half goals proved too much for a lacklustre Sheffield FC side, with the Countrymen running out deserved winners.

It was a quiet opening, with the first chance of note falling to Leon Osborne, who saw his first effort blocked before sending the rebound over the bar. 

Hallam’s keeper Archie Sneath had to be at his best, getting behind a fierce piledriver, making a fine stop to deny Sheffield. 

The visitors took the lead on 19 minutes, as Mitchell Dunne got behind the Sheffield defence, only to be hauled down by keeper Jamie Ingham, with Dunne picking himself up to slam the penalty home. 

Dunne made it 2-0 om 33 minutes, after being set free on the right the winger caught the ball in his stride, lofting the volley over the top of Ingham and into the far top corner from the tightest of angles. 

Sheffield had a big shout for a penalty waved away by the referee in the second half, but other than that, Club looked fairly impotent going into the final third. 

Hallam coasted through to the final whistle with no major alarms, and were able to hold on to lift the trophy for the first time since 2015, to the applause of both sets of fans.

Sheffield FC: Ingham, Turner, Roney, Lawrence ©, Magee, Kay, Yates, Wright, L.Osborne, Fairhurst, Gregory. Subs: Newsham, J.Osborne, Eagle, White, Deakin, Lawis, Downs

Hallam FC: Sneath, Myers, Tootle, Bradley, Damms, Griffiths, Reed ©, McCarthy, Smith, Thornton, Dunn. Subs: Brelsford, Dean, Treasure, Steer, Wilson.