Davison’s treble sparks national final triumph

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HUMBLEDON and Plains Farm lifted the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup with a superb victory over holders Oyster Martyrs at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park yesterday.

Mark Davison was the hero for the Sunderland Sunday League champions, firing a tremendous hat-trick to sink the Liverpool outfit 5-2, landing the national trophy for the second time in the club’s history.

Aaron Croft gave Steve Hutchinson’s men the ideal start, driving home a fierce strike in the fifth minute, then Davison had an effort headed off the line by Jonathan Swatton.

Swatton drew Oyster level against the run of play when his centre from the left wing flew over Humbledon keeper Neal Atkinson.

A frenetic opening brought two more goals by the 18-minute mark, with the sides locked together at 2-2.

James Fairley could have restored Humbledon’s lead when he got clear of the Merseysiders’ defence only to shoot side, but Davison soon put the Wearsiders 2-1 up with a delightful half-volley.

Oyster, though, levelled with a precise finish from Jamie Rainford, from the edge of the box.

Atkinson made a good save to deny Leighton McGivern, then survived a potential penalty scare when he challenged as McGivern raced in on goal, and was relieved to see the striker’s eventual shot cleared off the line.

Humbledon went ahead for good in the second period, Davison clinically firing into the top cortner of the net before fellow striker Chris Winn volleyed a fine fourth goal following a great passing move.

Davison confirmed Plainsy’s superiority with a fifth goal, heading into the far corner of the net to complete a memorable hat-trick and seal a first victory in the national cup since 1990.

HUMBLEDON & PLAINS FARM: Atkinson; Marshall (O’Neill 85), Wardle, Paxton, McGuinness; Croft (Johnson 39), Fairley, Coghlan, Davis (Kane 81); Winn, Davison. Subs not used: Shields, Fryatt