Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results we 12.05.2019

Rhodes Cup Final

Vics put their name on top trophy

Hyde United provided a great stage for an excellent game in the top L and C knock out final for the Rhodes Cup.

An enthusiastic audience saw two in-form teams, Salford Victoria and Radclyffe, put on a great display of organised and exciting football that went right to the wire before Vics put their name on the historic trophy that was first played for in 1913 with a 3-2 win.

Radclyffe had already won two trophies- the Wray Cup and the division three championship, and had beaten four Premier division teams on their way to the final, including Premier division champions Rochdalians in a season that had seen them lose just one game in the league.

Vics have finished their season in hot form scoring goals for fun with their young and exciting attacking team to finish fourth in the Premier division so it was all set up for a great contest.

It proved to be just that as the game flowed well thanks to the fine officiating by referee Mike Crump and his team and there was little to separate them until the half-hour mark when the outstanding Ruben Rose for Vics and Nathan Gray for Radclyffe netted in quick succession.

Vics then took a 2-1 lead with a powerful strike from Dale McAndrew before the teams and spectators enjoyed a well-earned interval break.

It was again nip and tuck in the second half until the 65th minute when Zac Faulkner made it 3-1 for Vics with a stunning strike that looked to have secured them victory.

But Radclyffe came back well and reduced the arrears with Ryan Leeming on target with 18 minutes left to play and they then tested the Vics defence to the full but they stood firm to lift the trophy presented by League President Mike Jones.

A great night and a superb game bringing great credit to both teams and the league to finish another excellent season in its 110th year.

Pics- Both teams (Vics in green and white), officials, action and Vics celebrations