Slideshow: Park Street lift the Aubrey Cup
PARK Street Village rounded off a spectacular season with victory at The County Ground, Letchworth in the final of the Aubrey Cup against Bovingdon on Bank Holiday Monday. Following a good training session on Saturday, PSV made the trip to the ground
PARK Street Village rounded off a spectacular season with victory at The County Ground, Letchworth in the final of the Aubrey Cup against Bovingdon on Bank Holiday Monday.
Following a good training session on Saturday, PSV made the trip to the ground in confident mood and with great support to cheer them.
Manager Ryan Thompson and assistant boss Garry Ross employed their regular 3-5-2 formation with Matty Day and Andy Murphy leading the attack. Holding midfielder Tommy Burns was charged with protecting the back three, to allow talismanic left wing back Bruce Hutchison to influence the game going forward.
Hutchison came closest to scoring in a tight first half when he accelerated away from three players and crashed a spectacular shot goalwards. The ball beat the goalkeeper but struck the upright and rolled across the line, striking the other post and diverting to safety.
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Bovingdon took the lead against the run of play when the PSV defence allowed a cross to bounce in the box and goalkeeper Tony Kerby was just unable to reach the shot.
Thompson responded with attackers Matty Newman and Dave Ross introduced from the bench and the duo sparked a dramatic revival.
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Ross created havoc and PSV gained a deserved equaliser when hard-working forward Andy Murphy was fouled in the box. Damon Wright stepped up to drill the penalty into the bottom corner for 1-1.
PSV pressed for a winner but had to wait until extra time when their fitness and desire shone through. The crucial second arrived when Ross delivered a free kick into the box and Pete Hanson rose high to power a header home. PSV then added a spectacular third when Newman controlled the ball on his chest, beat a defender and cracked an unstoppable shot into the net.
Manager Thompson was delighted with his side. He said: "Tony Kerby in goal was superb. He really did look good. He claimed or punched everything. Chris Day and Lee Woodruff were great at the back and Pete Hanson and Tommy Burns bossed the midfield. Andy Murphy's work rate was superb and Dave Ross caused them so many problems. Matty Newman gives us that pace, trickery and first touch and he just gets goals."
Assistant boss Garry Ross was dismissed from the bench during the final and Thompson said: "Garry got sent to the stands to the delight of the entire crowd. He has been getting stick from all the lads for that."
Thompson also dedicated the win to long serving club man Ged Deacon who in 30 years with the club has been manager, player and is secretary. The cup win rounds off a sensational season for PSV following their third place in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.
PSV host their Presentation Evening on Saturday, June 7, at Bricket Wood Social Club. They will show off the Aubrey Cup and the Reserve Division Two title.
Park Street Village: Tony Kerby, Damon Wright, Chris Day, Lee Woodruff, Andy Ruck (Anthony Burns), Tommy Burns, Bruce Hutchison, Pete Hanson, Lee Shackle (Dave Ross), Andy Murphy, Matt Day (Matt Newman).