Peterlee Sunday League: Dawdon Welfare Park sign off with cup final double
Dawdon Welfare Park endured disappointment with their defeat in the Durham County Sunday Cup final.
But they finished the season with a flourish, picking up two domestic trophies in the space of 48 hours last weekend.
First up, last Friday night, the Green Drive men won the Tommy Burrell Memorial Cup, beating Easington Lane WMC on penalties after a close-fought 2-2 draw.
Substitute Jai Young netted twice for the Lane, but Jack Walker and sub Craig Price ensured the final ended all square, with Stephen Francis and Robbie Bird the respective star men.
Dawdon then comprehensively won the resulting penalty shoot-out, triumphing 3-0.
Two days later, Dawdon were back in cup final action again.
A clinical display of finishing saw them outclass Premier Division champions Peterlee Catholic Club 4-0 to lift the John & Pat McManus Memorial Cup.
Man of the match Robbie Bird led the way with a well-taken brace, backed by efforts from Kyle Bell and substitute Daniel Armstrong.
Michael Cooke stood out for Catholic, who had Shane O’Brien red-carded for two bookable offences.
Peterlee Catholic Club finished the league season with a healthy five-point cushion over runners-up Peterlee Helford United to win their first title.
But the campaign ended on a disappointing note when they lost their final league match 1-0 to impressive Murton Colliery, with the all-important goal coming from star man Liam Appleby. Bradley Beeston was Catholic’s top performer.
In the First Division, champions Easington CIU and runners-up Seaham Marlborough ended their seasons with victories, and both clubs are already looking forward to competing in the Premier Division next term.
Easington CIU, who finished five points in front of Seaham Marlborough, hammered Trimdon Royal Oaks 7-1 in their final game.
Leading scorer Liam Adamson and Jay Harwood both plundered hat-tricks, with Adrian Sanders also netting.
Marlborough ended their season with a 4-1 victory over Easington Southside, courtesy of strikes from Dan Cahill, Chris Dormand, Liam Gill and substitute Dean Andrews. Matt Billyard fired a consolation for Southside.