Curzon Ashton v Mossley was a final only four years ago, that day Mossley came out on top winning 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw within the 90 minutes.
Today Curzon had the chance to avenge that defeat back in 2015 and win their first Premier Cup since 1990, having been runners up three times (1993, 1996, 2015).
Hyde United’s Ewan Field stadium was the stage for the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup final. The artificial pitch certainly gave both sides a chance to play some decent football.
Early on Deakin found himself in lots of room down the Nash’s right hand side, and looked to cause a lot of problems for the Mossley left back. The game settled into Curzon attack and Mossley defend type of game, and after 20 minutes Ryan Brooke broke free from the defence finding himself 1-1, he checked back to send a shot home far post. The goal was coming as Curzon piled the pressure on.
Mossley started to play with a high line, Curzon cottoned onto this and started to ping balls over the top. However, the Nash’s strikers found themselves offside more than on.
Just before the half time whistle, Mossley made it 1-1 and it certainly got the teams wheels motoring as they turned up the pressure on Curzon who went into the second half wondering how they weren’t in front.
The second half started and both sides had early chances to pinch in front. Mossley having the best chance following a passing move that many Premier League commentators would have been waxing lyrical over.
However, the pattern of play fell into a similar to that of the first half, with Curzon dominant and knowing they had more gears to find should they need it.
Just past the hour mark following great play by the impressive Luke Wall on the left, it was played across for Louis Wardle to shoot and a harsh deflection helped loop the ball over the goalkeeper.
Mossley had chances, however man of the match Wall sealed the trophy with an excellent solo goal down the right side. Intercepting the ball half way within his own half and going on a run which saw him slot the ball home from the corner of the six-yard box.
The 686 in attendance were treated to a good final. One that Mossley can take heart from as they went toe-to-toe with a team two divisions above them. It was simply the difference in levels that made the difference in the end.
Things have looked good under Mark Bradshaw since he took over, and maybe this trophy could be the start of an exciting era going forward for the Nash.