Hat-trick hero Hogg wins Senior Cup for Bridlington

East Riding Senior Cup final winners
East Riding Senior Cup final winners

Despite a red card and falling behind twice, Bridlington Town bounced back to win the East Riding Senior Cup final thanks to Craig Hogg’s hat-trick.

The striker delivered the knockout blows to a team managed by footballer-turned-boxer Curtis Woodhouse.

Craig Hogg celebrates his opening goal with Duka

Craig Hogg celebrates his opening goal with Duka

Hogg pulled the Seasiders level twice, either side of half-time, and then edged them ahead after sub Danny Smith had been sent off 30 seconds after coming on.

But the dismissal galvanised Town, and the 10-men wrapped the game up when Chris Adams added a fourth goal a quarter-of-an-hour go.

Bridlington made a positive start and in the first minute, Ombeni Ruhanduka registered the game’s first shot on target but it was comfortably saved by Ryan Ramsden.

But United showed attacking intent to, and both Bridlington full back were booked inside the opening 15 minutes - Danny Brunton for a body-check and Josh Heseltine for a trip.

Bridlington Town 4 Hull United 2

Bridlington Town 4 Hull United 2

Two former Town players combined to threaten their old team-mates, but Craig Palmer headed Ben Kinsley’s free kick over the bar with Hull’s first effort on goal.

Hogg saw a speculative shot from distance sail over the bar and Ash Allanson’s powerful drive was gathered by Ramsden.

Duka hit a free kick into the wall, before Jordan Harrison went into the notebook for a trip on Eddy Birch.

On the half-hour mark, Heseltine saved Town. Kinsley’s shot beat James Hitchcock, but the full back got back on to the goal-line to make a block.

However, seven minutes later, the Humber Premier League side took the lead.

Brett Agnew had been a handful all half, and when a ball over the top evaded Ryan Nicholls, he was in the clear and finished low past Hitchcock to open the scoring.

In search of a quick reply, Adams skipped beyond Callum Dale but James Hill got a tackle in just as he was about to shoot.

Then, as the fourth official had indicated three minutes of injury time at the end of the first half, Bridlington drew level in style.

Nicholls found Hogg on the edge of the penalty area and with his first touch he lost his marker and with his second touch, he curled a wonderful effort over and round Ramsden and into the top corner.

It was the game’s moment of real quality.

It forced United to make a half-time change, and it was a substitution which had an immediate effect.

Shane Hill’s first touch was a volley from 20 yards, through a crowd of players. Hitchcock saw it late, and could only palm it into his net. It had all stemmed from a short corner which the Bridlington defence had reacted slowly to.

Hogg could have grabbed his second, when Tom Fleming’s shot deflected into his path, but he could only fire straight at Ramsden.

But on 54 minutes, he did find the net again. Allanson delivered an inviting free-kick and Hogg beat Ramsden to the call and nodded into the net.

Fleming and Adams both saw shots blocked on the six yard line within seconds of each other, but their momentum was halted just before the hour-mark.

Smith replaced Brunton, and within 30 seconds, before he had kicked the ball, the young substitute launched into a horrible high tackle on Kinsley.

Referee Steve Wade had little choice but to show a red card, and it looked like Hull United were favourites to get their hands on the trophy.

But the 10-men of Town regrouped and raised their game, while United’s efforts began to catch up with them.

They ran out of steam, and of ideas, and found themselves spending more and more time in their own half.

Allanson dropped deeper and had more of an influence in the game and on 65 minutes, Hogg completed his hat-trick.

Ramsden dashed from his line but was left in no-man’s-land and a full-stretch Hogg lobbed him to give Town the lead for the first time.

United seemed to have nothing left and from then on, it was all Bridlington.

Duka bundled a shot on to the roof of the net, and minutes later, the lively forward turned in the box but couldn’t keep his effort on target.

Hogg was replaced by Jarrod Smalley and received a great ovation from the Seasiders’ supporters for his match-winning performance.

With 15 minutes to go, Adams was sent clear down the left channel, outpaced a tiring defence and bore down on goal.

Keeper Ramsden slipped as he tried to narrow the angle, but Adams kept his composure and at 4-2 the game was as good as over.

Agnew kept battling on as a lone striker, and Hitchcock was relieved to get a hand on to his half volley, but that was the last effort United managed.

Duka’s attempts to get on the scoresheet continued, but his first touch let him down after he was found by Smalley, and he had to rush his shot and it cleared the bar.

But Hogg’s efforts had stolen the headlines, and Town’s fitness and character held them in good stead in the closing stages.