AFC THREE Feathers retained the Rotherham Charity Cup by beating Joker Wickersley Youth CC in an entertaining final at the AESSEAL New York Stadium last night, with Iren Wilson claiming a hat-trick.
The 5-2 scoreline was a little harsh on Joker WY CC, who saw plenty of the ball and carved out some good chances, but it was Feathers' more explosive attacking play which was the difference.
Two sweet strikes from Wilson and Jahmal Riley had the Sheffielders 2-0 up half time before Mitchell Dunne made it 3-0 from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Joker, from the Sheffield Blades Super Draw Sunday League, then scored two goals in eight minutes from Adam Daughtrey and Brad Morton to put the tie back in the balance.
Both teams had chances as the game opened up but despite their best efforts to find a goal to take the match to extra time, the challengers were undone by two cool finishes from man of the Wilson in the final minutes.
Feathers' Brian Brown said: "We lost here to Joker in the Senior Cup final a few years ago so it was good to get a bit of revenge against a good side, and Iren was class tonight."
Team captain Reece Blake said: "Iren deserves a special shout. He is going for it this season and he has turned up and produced at a big final and that's a boost for him.
"It was a good final and Joker need to come back to the Rotherham Sunday League and give us some competition."
Feathers will now look to wrap up the Rotherham Sunday League championship this weekend and then complete a treble when they take on Lord Nelson in the final of the Brian Beeley Cup next Sunday.
Joker Wickersley Youth CC also have their league title and League Cup still to play for.
On the defeat, chairman Andy Battersby said: "We did well to get back to 3-2 and we had a couple of chances to make it 3-3 but we were pushing too hard and Feathers are a quality side.
"Now we just have to pick ourselves up for the games we have left."
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