Mellor broke Dom Doyle hearts with a dramatic penalty shootout win after salvaging a late 1-1 draw to secure their fourth Rhodes Cup in the past decade.
The L & C’s outstanding side over the course of the truncated season were made to work mightily hard in what was surely their most difficult game all season. Up until this point, Mellor had been imperious, boasting a perfect regular league record and had progressed to the final without too much trouble.
But Dom Doyle, appearing in their first Rhodes Cup final, knocked out the holders Salford Victoria last week and took an early lead in front of a lively crowd at Hyde United through a stunning 12th-minute Justin Pickering strike.
The underdogs continued to press and should have added to their lead, although they were reprieved just before half-time as Mellor squandered a golden chance to equalise, when club captain Dave Whelan blazed over from the penalty spot.
Mellor were indebted to goalkeeper Ben McGregor who produced an outstanding one-on-one save to prevent Dom Doyle from doubling their advantage, and that intervention proved crucial as Mellor struck with a minute remaining to break Dom Doyle hearts, through a close range Matt Gallagher effort.
And Mellor kept their composure in the penalty shootout, scoring their four spot kicks, while the valiant Dom Doyle side could only manage to net one of their three penalties.
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