Dukes came into todays final league game of the season knowning a win would give them the perfect league season. It was planned to start the eleven that would start the cup final, but when you plan things it always goes pete tonge so we started with our normal 11.
Hursty replaced big d in goal, Eddie Barry and Watto made up the back three, Steve, Picko, Ray, Finall and Grant made up the midfield five, with the dream team up top Robbie and Ash. Today was Ash's last league game for the club.
Before the game we were presented with the league trophy, this gave all the lads the perfect boost and many thanks to Debi Redgrift for presenting the trophy.
In a glorious spring morning Dukes kicked off and automatically started on the front foot, Dukes closed down well and put pressure on the Am Plant Hire team from the off.
Dukes break through came early on and it was two of the old boys combining yet again with the well rehearsed long throw from Mike Finall
and Ash meet the ball with a powerful headed finish.
2-0 came from a great whipped in ball from Steve Kelly
, Ray was there to thunder the ball home it was goal number 7 for ray in three games.
Ray then scored all I can describe is a close contender for goal of the season a mazey run seen ray take on 6 of the plant hire team from his own half, running past each player like they werent there, ray then curled a great effort in from the left hand side of the box with his right foot! In my opinion the goal of the season!
Dukes continued to create chance after chance after chance, and ill be honest Am Plant Hire looked anonymous on the field and looked like a totally different side that played in the final.
At half time the Dukes could sense the kill and came out quicker and stronger than the first half, A great kick down field seen Robbie take a sublime touch to release Ash, from the edge of the box ash slammed a thunderous low effort past the keeper!
Ray then grabbed his hatrick, A wicked ball was crossed in, Ash picked the ball up on the edge of the box, created half a yard drilling towards goal, ray stuck out his foot and diverted the ball past the keeper who was wrong footed!
Ash claimed his hatrick and it was a wonderful curling effort that clinched the trick! Robbie picked the ball up on the sideline crossed the ball, the defender missed giving ash to take a touch, open his body up and bend the ball in to the back of the net!
Galvo added the killer last goal late on, Steve with a long throw, ray headed on and galvo was there to place the ball into the net with an assured finish.
Well donr to all the lads today, you shown why we have been unplayable at times this season, everyone shown up and played for there place in the final.
Its been a wonderful season, not only to win the league but not get beaten in the league is an excellent achivement to have on our CV. The lads need to look at themselves and each other and realise what a great team we have and the spirit in the team is phenominal! We have to take the attitude we have into next weeks final as we are underdogs for the first time this season!
from myself i Just want to say thank you to you all for your hard work, commitment, dedication and great attitude you all bring to the team!