End of season football round-up: Well done to our cup winners

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FIVE city teams were celebrating at the weekend as they won their respective MK & Border Counties Youth League Cup finals.

In all six Cup finals were played at stadium:mk over Saturday and Sunday with thousands of friends and family turning out to support their favourite sides. And for some it marked the end of an excellent season as they completed either a League and Cup double or – in the case of Emberton Athletic U14 – a remarkable treble.

They won the Division One title and then beat City Colts 4-0 to lift the League Cup. And just in case that wasn’t enough, the boys (pictured) then beat Reading-based Eldon Celtic 2-1 at Abingdon FC to secure the Berks & Bucks U14 County Cup the next day – maintaining their remarkable success over the last three seasons that as seen them now win three league titles and two League Cups.

Great Linford Dodgers won the U12 League Cup final thanks to a 3-2 win over Scot Youth Spartans, the U13 Cup was won by Woburn Lions Whirlwinds who beat Brook End Colts 4-3, MK Athletic lifted the U15 Cup by seeing off Bedford Park Rangers 5-2, and Scot Youth netted the U16 Cup with a 2-0 win against Bromham Youth.

For Great Linford Dodgers and MK Athletic, their wins made it a League and Cup double this term.

Unfortunately MK City Pumas fell 5-3 to Brackley Athletic in the U18 Cup final.

Wolves target South Mids succcess

WOLVERTON Town will play South Midlands League football next season and are looking for a new first team manager to lead them to glory.

The Wolves have been provisionally accepted into SML Division Two for the 2012/13 season, and their place will be confirmed at the League AGM coming up in June.

Applications for the manager’s job are invited by candidates who believe they have the ability to push the team forward on the pitch, and achieve the club’s ambitions of one day returning to the level they reached in the 1980s.

Wolverton played as high as Ryman League Division One level in the club’s heyday and enjoyed some memorable runs in the FA Cup.

Now based at their New Park home in Greenleys, Wolves finished safely in mid-table in the North Bucks Premier Division last season while the Reserve team had a disappointing year, but did lift the Division Two Cup.

Wolverton will continue to field both North Bucks League sides next season in addition to the team that will take on the rest of SML Division Two.

Anyone interested in the manager’s job should email their football CV to christine.greenwood@wolvesfc.org

Wanderers celebrate good times

MORE than 400 guests turned out for MK Wanderers’ presentation night at stadium:mk on Saturday as the club celebrated their on-field success this season.

Players, managers and coaches of all age groups, from the U8s right the way through to the senior adult teams were there to mark the end of another memorable campaign for the Kents Hill club.

The biggest cheer of the night was saved for Wanderers’ double winning North Bucks League side which lifted both the Premier Division title and the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup.

Manager Paul Fox and captain Matt Culley were presented with the Cups by Brian Moore, the chief executive of the county FA.

It wasn’t the best of seasons for the club’s South Midlands League Division Two side which finished bottom of the table.

However, the Reserves made up for that as they ended their season in style to grab the Premier Division title, three points clear of Thornborough in second, and won the County Cup with a 2-0 final win over Hurst at Newbury FC. The Wanderers ‘A’ team secured a mid-table finish in Division Two.

The club’s youth sides were usually found near the top of their respective MK & Border Counties League tables too.

Pictured below are the NBL squad proudly showing off their two trophies, and pictured left are some of the club’s Players’ Player of the Year winners.

Promotion hat-trick for Shamrocks

BLETCHLEY Shamrocks have completed another incredible season that has seen their remarkable unbeaten run of games finally come to an end – at 53.

The U15 side have finished second in the MK & Border Counties Division Two, securing a third successive promotion in the three years since they were formed in 2009.

They finished behind Real Aylesbury as runners-up after missing their chance to overtake them when the teams recently played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Shamrocks needed to win that game to stand a chance of winning a third title in as many years – having won Division Four as U13s and Division Three as U14s – but were not too disappointed that they missed out, with promotion already guaranteed as they finished well clear of third placed Bedford Park Rangers.

It was a superb victory against Bedford that gave defensive coach Colin Wright his most memorable day of the campaign as the team hit back from a goal down to win 6-1 in difficult playing conditions given the recent wet weather.

Shamrocks had called the Lakes Estate home for their first season, but now play in Mursley. And under the guidance of Wright, fellow coach Brian McGarry and manager Mark Snowden, Shamrocks – sponsored by Country & Metropolitan Homes – have become a force to be reckoned with over the last three years.

Their only defeat in that time came at the hands of Brackley Athletic in their last game of the season, but that took nothing away from another superb season for the boys.