Signol Athletic outlasted Chadderton Cott in a marathon penalty shootout to secure the Wray Cup.
In a record for the competition, Signol edged out their opponents 16-15 after a goalless 90 minutes in the blazing sun at Flixton FC.
It was a fitting end to the L & C season and the fourth cup final in three days was the third to end in penalty agony and ecstasy.
In the climax to the amateur football season, this encounter for teams in Division Two and Three couldn’t match the heights for drama during normal time, but certainly did so after the end of the 90 minutes.
The teams were second and fourth respectively in Division Two when the regular season ended and the result in regular time reflected the similar qualities of the sides.
Although there were no goals, the game was high on quality, with both created good chances, but respective defences came out on top and both Aaron Barrow in Chadderton’s goal and Signol stopper Chris Singleton produced fine goalkeeping displays to take the game to penalties.
Nerves were evident in the penalty shootout as neither side could take advantage of the other’s slip-ups and remarkably, it took 36 spot kicks to separate the sides, with Signol prevailing 16-15.
It was a fitting conclusion to the season and the competitive nature of the games bodes well for the start of the new season in August.