East Manchester retain Terry Wood Cup

11 months ago By Simon Harrison

East Manchester romped to a 6-2 victory over Prestwich Heys Reserves to retain the Terry Wood Cup.

East Manchester overcame Premier Division new boys Prestwich Heys Reserves in an eight-goal thriller on Saturday in a very entertaining curtain raiser at Adie Moran Park.

Five goals were scored in the first half with both teams having the lead at least one point before the holders went on to stamp their authority on the game before lifting the trophy.

The Terry Wood Cup is competed between the Division One champions and the Murray Shield winners from the previous season which saw Prestwich Heys Reserves host East Manchester.

The two sides have a long and historic past and has thrown up some epic encounters along the way and Saturday afternoon's game didn't disappoint.

The visitors took the lead on 8 minutes when Brad Byrne was put through and made no mistake as he found the bottom far corner with a fierce low shot.

Heys bounced back just six minutes later when Liam Lawlor twisted and turned his way onto his right foot and smashed it past the East 'keeper off the crossbar.

The Prestwich man got his second of the afternoon just after the half-hour mark when he beat the offside trap to slot home and give his side a deserved lead.

Heys' lead only lasted four minutes as East got back level and it was a more direct route to goal. The Heys defender misjudged the bounce from a goal kick which allowed striker Sam Jones to capitalise and that he did as he neatly lifted it over the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 2-2.

That goal gave the visitors the momentum and they re-took the lead just before half time through Jamie Cross. It was the skipper who rose the highest to head home from a corner to make sure East went into the half time break in the lead.

Just as they did in the first half, East scored first and it came on 50 minutes through Wes Harney. His effort proved too much for Farrell in the Heys net as East went 4-2 up.

Jordan Burton squandered a glorious chance and a way back into the tie just minutes later but he could only divert a cross wide from a central position.

Farrell in the Heys net was called into action again on 70 minutes when he got down quickly to save David Lewis' effort but he couldn't do much to deny Sam Jones when the striker rounded the Heys stopper to make it 5-2 on 82 minutes.

The scoring was complete with 2 minutes left when David Lewis got his goal through a neat finish at the near post to make it 6-2.

Congratulations to East Manchester on winning the Terry Wood Cup for the second successive year. Commiserations to Prestwich Heys Reserves who could say the scoreline was flattering but will know what to expect in their Premier Division debut this season.

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