Over-40s League: Penshaw party as Maw seals cup glory in extra time against Premier champions Marden

Penshaw Catholic Club (yellow) make life tough for the Marden keeper in last weekend's Kip Watson Villa Real Cup final at Wearmouth CW. Picture by Tim Richardson.
Penshaw Catholic Club (yellow) make life tough for the Marden keeper in last weekend's Kip Watson Villa Real Cup final at Wearmouth CW. Picture by Tim Richardson.
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Penshaw Catholic Club sprang a surprise to life the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup with a thrilling 3-2 final victory against Marden.

Marden already had the Austin Elliott Charity Cup and the Kenny Ball League Cup in the trophy cabinet.

Marden outjump Penshaw Catholic Club (yellow) in the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup final.

Marden outjump Penshaw Catholic Club (yellow) in the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup final.

But Penshaw shocked the Tynesiders in front of a big crowd at Wearmouth CW.

The game started at a frenetic pace, with both teams determined to put their stamp on the game and defences being stretched.

Something had to give and the first goal came when Marden were found wanting at the back and the prolific Chris Moody capitalised. Coming in from the left, he drove the ball beyond the keeper into the far right hand corner of the net.

The underdogs were ahead and making a real fist of it, but Penshaw were forced into a substitution when Stephen Riley incurred rib injuries when colliding with his own keeper and defenders.

Penshaw Catholic Club celebrate winning the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup final.

Penshaw Catholic Club celebrate winning the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup final.

Marden centre-forward Tony Healer levelled the game when he capitalised on a mistake in the Penshaw defence. The ball broke to him on the right and, from just inside the box, he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net, making it 1-1 at half-time.

Marden started the second half the stronger, with Healer being the main motivator, but Penshaw defended stoutly.

Marden were starting to command most of the possession and their dominance paid off when Steve McQueen fired them into the lead.

Marden could have increased the lead but were thwarted when Penshaw keeper Mark Hartley made a fantastic reflex save, following a wicked deflection through a crowded Penshaw goalmouth.

Things had to change for Penshaw and, as both managers made changes, they proved to be the more astute, bringing on Damian Maw and Darren “Digger” Oliver.

Marden added Ferenc Deverdics and tried to slow the game and command possession, but the Catholic Club were up for the challenge and, with 15 minutes to go, they equalised.

John Milner, whose class was beginning to show, was the hero with a header in the Marden area. He nodded into the ground and over the despairing keeper.

With the game finishing 2-2, it went into extra time and Penshaw were in the ascendency, taking the game to Marden and finally getting some service to Moody.

Their efforts paid dividends when man of the match Maw scored what would prove to be the winner for Penshaw.

The final drama was played out by Oliver, who put his body on the line, diving in to block two on-target Marden shots.

In midweek, Marden clinched the Premier Division title by avenging the cup final defeat with a 4-0 away success against Penshaw at Herrington CW.

Hebburn Town rose to third-bottom spot with a 3-1 win in their final game at Wallsend Community but could still end up at the foot of the table.

In Division One, Seaham Marlborough slipped closer to the drop with a 2-1 defeat at Ferryhiull Greyhound, while already-promoted Hartlepool Gillen Arms won 4-1 at bottom club Coxhoe Red Lion.

Mill View SC finished their Second Division season with a 6-1 defeat at runners-up Blakelaw SC, while Durham Stonebridge were beaten 3-1 at Darsley Park.

Peterkee Helford went down 5-2 at North Shields Pineapple, who moved out of the relegation places with their vital victory.

Oddies held champions Newcastle East End to a 1-1 draw in Division Three, with the Tynesiders earlier securing a 2-0 success at Rolls-Royce.

Willow Pond lost 4-1 at Redcar Town.