Stirling Wanderers 5
Driffield red Lion 3
Bryan Pannhausen trophy final
THE game started with a minute’s applause and a show of respect from both sets of players and fans following the sad loss of John Burchett.
Both teams started with a cautious approach with neither team wanting to push forward.
Stirling did find their feet first with Nathan Bristow beating two men out wide and setting up Lewis Goodacre to coolly slot home.
The new look Stirling midfield managed to find gaps to exploit with little resistance from Lion who looked shell shocked from the early pressure now being put on them.
1-0 was soon 2-0 with Dave Tindall’s free kick being saved only to leave the ever impressive Harry Linford with a simple finish after being unchallenged at the back post.
Chris Skeggs was called into action with a stunning one-on-one save after an attractive passing move from Lion.
This seemed to wake Wanderers up and with Tindall, Paul Fenton, Paul O’Sullivan and Lee Edwards holding the line, it kept Lion limited to long hopeful shots.
The second half was an even affair with Lion having little to lose and shaping up with three at the back.
However, this played into Stirling hands with their attacking becoming too much for the Lion defence to handle.
Some good play from O’Sullivan found Nathan Bristow out on the right, he beat two men with ease and beat the keeper to trigger celebrations from the Stirling fans.
Lion did however get a goal back with a stunning half volley from outside the area, leaving Skeggs with no chance.
Alex Cobden, Sam Jackson and Dean Woodmansey ran the show in the middle with Jackson claiming Wanderers’ fourth after good build up play from the back.
Lion again came into the game with a second after a pinpoint pass left the the striker clear on goal, and he put the ball beyond Skeggs.
With both teams tiring Stirling brought on Lewis Bean who had a chance to make it five, but his lob was just too high with the keeper beaten.
Lone striker Goodacre put the game beyond Lion in the last five minutes with a strike worthy of any cup final.
This goal was to earn Goodacre a well deserved man of the match award.
All Lions’ hard work got them a consolation late on but Stirling held on to claim the double at the first attempt.
Manager’s comment: “Well done to all involved today. A solid team effort today so be proud of yourselves.
“Sorry to the lads who didn’t get on.
“Victory dedicated to Mark Carter whose father passed away during the week leading up to the final.”
Sponsors: Whitby Cobbler, Pineapple Joes and Stirling Castle.