Ayre retain Paul Henry Gold Cup

Paul Henry Gold Cup winners Ayre United

Paul Henry Gold Cup winners Ayre United

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Ayre United produced an impressive display to beat Colby 5-2 in the Paul Henry Gold Cup final at the Bowl on Thursday night.

The ever-green James Teare put the holders ahead after barely a minute, before Tom Crawley headed the southerners level just five minutes later.

Two goals in a minute, however, put the promoted Andreas outfit on course for victory - Paul Kennish and man of the match Jonny Kelly firing a quick-fire double with barely eight minutes on referee Stuart Kneen’s watch.

With United’s midfield in impressive form they added a fourth in the run up to the break when Kelly netted his second of the match after Colby had foiled chances for Teare and Kris Murdoch.

Colby’s fans hopes of a comeback were raised at the start of the second half when Jordan Primrose-Smith rounded Ayre keeper Andy Ball and squared to Jamie Heaney who knocked the ball into the unguarded net.

Juan Kinvig’s southerners tried to get into the match, but with the Ayre defence in good form it was the Tangerines that would complete the scoring in the 66th minute when Teare’s cross come shot looped over Colby keeper George Harker and in.

Full report in Tuesday’s Examiner.

St George’s won theit penultimate Canada Life Premier League game, beating Union Mills 6-1 at Glencrutchery Road on Thursday.

Goals from Frank Jones (2), Sam Caine, Calum Morrissey, Chris Bass Jr and James McStay ensured the champions won their last home game of the season.

Geordies’ campaign comes to an end on Saturday with a trip to Ballafletcher and Corinthians. Kick-off is 2.30pm.

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