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Winchester City Blue 2 Eldon Celtic Elite 3
The final was played at Winklebury Football Complex in Basingstoke on 8th May 2022. The match was sponsored by Savvy Accountancy Solutions and the match ball was sponsored by HWB Accountants.
A minute's silence was observed in memory of Robin Osborne, the President of the Hampshire Football Association, who had recently passed away.
The final proved to be the closest of the six played over the weekend with Celtic taking City by surprise and opening the scoring in the first minute. From the kick-off, Ruben Plunkett ran almost the length of the pitch to score from close in. He nearly doubled the score a couple of minutes later but his shot was well saved by City's 'keeper, Eddie Brook.
City's first chance fell to Riley Yeates, but his shot was easily covered by the keeper', Cianluca Swinhoe. They were back in the game in the 15th minute when a free kick from Yeates took a rebound and wrong-footed the 'keeper, who saw the ball flash into the net from a different angle than he expected.
Celtic came back well and Aiden Banie put in a good run into the box and his shot narrowly went the wrong side of the post. From the goal kick, City's Alex Warner broke free and with only the 'keeper to beat, he sliced his shot wide.
City took the lead in the 31st minute when Aedan Hall picked up a cross and scored from close range.
At the opening of the second half City's Yeates missed a chance. On the hour, Celtic were back on even terms. The City defence failed to clear their box and Louis Collins nipped in to beat the 'keeper .
This goal gave Eldon the push they needed and they dominated the latter part of the match scoring the winner in the 62nd minute through Plunkett. City tried very hard in the last few minutes, but good defending kept them out.
The Referee was Leon Cassar, who was assisted by Max Lord and Jonathan Bishop and the Fourth Official was Michelle Garrett.
Gianluca Swinhoe, Aiden Banie, Noel Jamia, Ben Peaks, Callum Piper, Louis Collins, Harvey Power-Nash, Patrick Korama, Wesley Otieno, Thomas Phillips, Ruben Plunkett, Connor Jordan, Ryan Oremna, Jayden Artwell and Daniel Padry.
Eddie Brooke, Finn Thomson, Kyson Barry, Tommy Boyes, Alfie Scott, Max Forrest-Charde, Jack Ralph, Riley Yeates, Alex Warner, Elliott McCart, Charlie Webb, Roman Oakley, Aedan Hall and Callum Graydon.