Hickey keeps nerve to settle cup final derby

Ribblesdale High School Year 11 boys

Ribblesdale High School Year 11 boys

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Ribblesdale High School Year 11 boys beat local rivals St, Augustine’s at Darwen’s Anchor Ground to claim their third Lancashire Cup in five years.

The boys were holders of this prestigious trophy after victory over Our Lady’s Queen of Peace on penalties last year.

They had seen off last year’s finalists in the semi-finals of this year’s competition.

Half chances fell to Cane and Gould in the first 15 minutes, while St Augustine’s also asked questions of Wrathall in goal.

The first goal came as a stroke of fortune. Cane took a throw in down the far right side of the pitch and played a one-two with Tetley. Cane found some space and swung a dangerous cross-shot into the box, and the effort caught the keeper off guard and found the far top corner.

Just before half-time, a deep corner was whipped in which sailed over Wrathall and prodded into the net for a St Augustine’s equaliser.

In the second half, Nightingale came on for Gould and instantly started to link well with Cane, Hickey and Tetley – creating problems for St Augustine’s.

But the game was in the 90th minute when the ball was pumped forward by Ribblesdale and Tetley prodded the ball past a defender and was brought down.

A penalty was given, and Hickey – arguably Ribblesdale’s stand out player – hit the ball hard and low, just beating the keeper’s right hand.

Shortly after the referee blew the whistle for full time and the cup was Ribblesdale’s once more, and Wilson raised it aloft.