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Cooks Hill United FC claim the double

August 28th, 2017
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DECLAN PAYNE

Cooks Hill United FC 4 (Johnson 9’, Yaxley 17’, Ashton 43’, Lewis 49’) def. Belmont Swansea United FC 0
Sunday 27th August, 4:15 pm at Magic Park 

Many thought the premiers might have been up against it come Grand Final day, after all, Belmont-Swansea edged past them back in June and were coming in hot off an incredible come-from-behind semifinal win over Kahibah.

In the end, the class of Cooks Hill shone through as they took to the big stage like ducks to water and effectively clinching the title by half time.

They opened the scoring in the ninth minute in the most unexpected of fashions – a Daniel Johnson corner from the left curling over Belswans’ keeper Ben Parmenter and into the far corner to give Cooks Hill the early advantage.

Belmont-Swansea had their first chance of the match when Mitch Harper sent a weak shot goal bound, but Cooks Hill found a way in again just moments later. They went up the other end, and this time it was Daniel Yaxley who finished off the scraps at the back post after a corner to stretch his side’s lead to 2-nil.

The game evened out, with Belswans enjoying the share of possession of the game but were unable to carve out any real chances. Talisman Tega Marcus was isolated up front, and couldn’t make any real impression on proceedings.

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Just minutes before halftime, Cooks Hill would land a hammer blow. Lee Ashton started the move inside his own half and finished it off as he made the most of a delightful ball in from Yaxley. The premiers went to the sheds three goals to the good.

If three goals looked a big hurdle, four looked insurmountable and Cooks Hill made it four and got the party started early in just the fourth minute of the second half.

Nick Russell’s left foot proved the difference, as his ball across the face of goal left Belswans for dead and Cal Lewis tapped in for perhaps his easiest finish of the season.

Belswans had a decent chance in the 53rd minute, with substitute Cameron Lodge forcing Cooks Hill keeper Jake Hamilton into his first real save of the day.

The four goal buffer meant heads were down for Belswans, while Cooks Hill were happy to defend their lead.

The premiers saw it out for only their third clean sheet of the season and became the first club to claim to double since Maitland in 2014 along with the club’s first NEWFM Northern League One Premiership and Championship.

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