First game of the day saw Newport take on West Wight, which saw the 3 times winners open up with a 1-0 win. The highlight of the game was a stunning save from West Wight keeper Adam Millar, who somehow kept out Steve Bonser’s volley.
Newcomers Oakfield, then fought out a 0-0 draw with West Wight, with both defences on top. Newport then knew that if they avoided defeat in their final match, they would contest the final for the Peter Henry Shield.
They went into an early lead against Oakfield, who responded when Dean Ball dispatched a penalty to level things up. Oakfield knowing that a win would put them in the final, looked for a way through but were dealt a blow when Newport’s Gary Streeter scored his 3rd goal of the day, to win the game and send Newport into the final.
This group opened with hosts Brading taking on the other newcomers, Shanklin. Brading dominated the early stages, kicking down the slope and after missing several good chances, Phil McDonald fired them into the lead. Those missed chances came back to haunt them, Rusty got through and finished well and earn a draw.
The second game saw holders East Cowes Vics take on Brading. Brading knew a win would give them a great chance of reaching the final. Bradings front three of Woodburn, McDonald and Ash Wright were in scintillating form as Brading ran out 4-0 winners, thanks to goals from Macca 2 and Ash Wright 2.
The final game left Shanklin needing to match Bradings 4-0 win, to force a play off or better it, to reach the final. Vics however had their pride to play for and took an early lead. Shanklin levelled in the second period and finished to tournament unbeaten.
A tight, fiesty affair, saw Brading win the trophy for the first time in 5 years. Ricky Larbelestier’s thumping header from Adam Sunsburg’s corner was the difference between the two sides. Both sides enjoyed lots of possession without too many clear cut chances.
Referee Terry Crow who had an excellent day, (as the only official that made it) blew the final whistle and the Brading players celebrated.
Captain Richard Woodburn received the Peter Henry Shield from Peter’s brother Fred and so ended another hugely successful tournament.
Thanks to all involved – the helpers, the dance group, the marching band, the teams and especially Sam Turner, who knitted everything together so brilliantly.
See you all next year.