The Jelson Homes Senior Cup, the second most prestigious County Cup in Leicestershire & Rutland came to a head last night (Tuesday 29th) in dramatic fashion with Ibstock United securing an outstanding 3-1 victory over Ashby Ivanhoe.
Despite the score line it was by no means a one sided affair, Ibstock took a the lead through a Jamie Brown goal which was then followed by a Jack Kyte strike to take Ibstock two goals clear despite Ashby playing some very good football.
The result was anything but certain as Ashby Ivanhoe pulled a goal back through a Phil Gibson goal, his 47th of the season, however hopes of a comeback were dashed in the closing minutes as despite several chances for Ashby to score a second, Ibstock’s Jack Murray fired home what proved to be the final goal of the game to secure the Jelson Homes Senior Cup for Ibstock United.
Winning the Final aside, a stand out moment for Ibstock United was their memorable 3-1 win over Lutterworth Athletic who at the time were in the running to win the Leicestershire Senior League and finished in second place. Ibstock were expected to forfeit their Senior Cup chances in hope of concentrating on the East Midlands Counties League campaign which had been disappointing and saw them eventually finish second from bottom.
On winning the Jelson Homes Senior Cup Ibstock United Manager Neil Scott said “It’s been a hard season for the lads and I’m really glad with how they stuck together and kept positive despite the league season they have had. They way they played in the semi final and final and it was a really impressive game.”
It was an enjoyable night for all involved, including the referee Ryan O’Mahony, his assistants James Johnson and Mark Johnson and the fourth official Darren Russell not to mention the 305 fans who showed up to cheer on both sets of players in the glorious sunshine.