Queen Anne crowned Sunday League Open Cup champions
Queen Anne FC and Farnworth United produced an entertaining Bolton at Home Sunday League Open Cup Final at the Macron Stadium on Sunday (28 May).
In front of a crowd of around 350 people, Queen Anne lifted the trophy after a 3-1 win and added to their league title this season.
Queen Anne took an early lead in the match with a looping header from forward Gaz Cunniff. The team from Deane then doubled their lead five minutes before half-time thanks to Kris Power. The fullback gave Farnworth’s keeper no chance as he floated the ball into the far right of the net from the left side of the area.
The second half began in blistering fashion. Queen Anne scored their third goal straight after the kickoff, which was Gaz Cunniff’s second of the match and another smart finish by the number 10. Farnworth replied almost immediately. After being played through on goal, Joe Cappy slotted home in the corner to get Farnworth on the score-sheet.
After some good saves, near misses and goal-line clearances, the absorbing contest ended 3-1.
Farnworth United midfielder Macauley Farrington was named man of the match before Queen Anne's Paul Hatton and Keiran Edwards raised the winner’s cup. The trophy was presented by Noel Spencer, Bolton at Home’s Life President, to recognise the partnership between the housing charity and Sunday League in providing competitive grassroots football in Bolton.
This was the fourth successive Open Cup Final played at the Macron Stadium, made possible by the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and supported by Bolton FM.
Carl Cover, League Chair, said: “This is the Sunday League’s version of the FA Cup and it’s a dream for the players to compete in a venue like this in front of their families and friends. We’re proud that we’ve been able to give them this opportunity through our partnerships and it’s extra special with this being our 50th year. Our league has remained an integral institution in Bolton over many generations.”
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