Moneyfields clinch city crown

The triumphant Moneyfields players celebrate being crowned winners of the Portsmouth Senior Cup following their 2-0 victory over Baffin Milton Rovers at Fratton Park
The triumphant Moneyfields players celebrate being crowned winners of the Portsmouth Senior Cup following their 2-0 victory over Baffin Milton Rovers at Fratton Park
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Moneyfields were crowned Portsmouth Senior Cup champions last night after beating Baffins Milton Rovers 2-0 in the final at Fratton Park.

The Wessex League premier division side capitalised on a dominant opening by taking a 12th-minute lead when George Gregory flicked a cross from a corner-kick into the roof of the Baffins net at the near post.

Hard work helped Baffins weather the early storm and slowly the Portsmouth Saturday League side showed signs of increasing confidence going forward.

The gulf in class was apparent from the start, though, and on 29 minutes Stuart Green extended Moneyfields’ lead.

Bobby Scott played the ball into the penalty area and Green had all the time in the world to turn and pick his spot.

Baffins were finding it difficult to muster a threat.

However, Moneys keeper Scott Cameron had to be alert to punch the ball off the head of Chaz Gardener at the far post.

At the other end, Gregory crashed another shot against the upright in the closing minutes of the first half.

Moneyfields picked up where they left off at the start of the second half, forcing Baffins goalkeeper Tony Male into two good saves.

The Portsmouth League side proved more competitive in the second period and Shane Cornish was denied by a terrific save from Cameron.

Cornish’s 25-yard shot was heading under the crossbar but Scott managed to tip it over the top at the last minute.

At the final whistle, Moneyfields team manager Jamie Steeves said: ‘This is the first time we’ve won this cup in 16 years and it means a lot to us. With our new academy starting in September, it was important for us to win it and be the senior non-league side in the city.’