HENDON dashed the dreams of Aquatic Sports in Monday’s dramatic Alan Hood Memorial Trophy final.
Victory gave Hendon the prestigious and magnificent European Cup-styled trophy for the third successive year, and the last under the Wearside Combination League banner.
For Aquatic, defeat was a major disappointment, despite a gallant, whole-hearted performance, in what was their last game of the campaign – and potentially, sadly, their final match ever, after 52 years in the Combination.
In the final, Aquatic took the lead in the first half through Thomas Tansey and they were still in front at half-time.
Aquatic’s excellent season under stalwart David Hoey looked to have silverware as a real possibility, but Hendon rallied strongly on the restart and levelled matters when Rob McManus volleyed in at the back post.
Adam Wasey then won it for Hendon, converting a penalty to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory, with Aquatic rueing a lack of fortune at crucial times.
Oddies clinched their place in the Wearmouth & Hylton Charity Cup final, but only in extra time after a close-fought battle with Whitburn Village.
Three goals in the extra half hour steered Oddies home 4-1, but Whitburn gave as good as they got, with sub Barry Sutton bagging their goal.
Dan Howliston was the visitors’ man of the match.
Hall Farm comprehensively dismissed Park View 11-0 in the TWR Bifolds Subsidiary League to make it two wins out of two in the competition, with 24 goals scored.
Star man Chris Bewick’s hat-trick led the way, backed by doubles from Josh Tuckwell and Lee Pearce.
Dean Smith, Aaron Blakey, Darrell Lowe and Bradley Timm all got on the scoresheet. Keeper Paul Burns was outstanding for View.
In the league, Dynamos Last Orders are reaching the finishing straight in their best form of the season.
After the boost of climbing off the bottom of the table, they pushed University of Sunderland hard, only to lose 3-2.
Lawson Rutherford and sub Reece Young netted for Dynamos, whose star man was Jason McLaren.
Dynamos, though, recorded their first win in midweek, beating bottom club Park View 4-2. Charlie Ayre and Rob Berry notched for View, who look doomed to the wooden spoon. Keith Peverley was the visitors’ star man.
Aquatic Sports’ encouraging league season ended with a fifth defeat in 16 matches, but they could still finish third.
Hendon moved two points clear at the top with a 4-2 away win, and they still have a game in hand on challengers Hall Farm.
Star man Thomas Tansey and Mark Fish notched for Aquatic.