Rams win big in cup final

CHURCHILL United has claimed its fifth Gippsland Soccer League Battle of Britain Cup with a 7-0 annihilation of Falcons in the final on Sunday afternoon.

The Rams dominated from beginning to end at Morwell, with fluent attacking play.

Churchill claimed the lead 10 minutes in when Aiden Huizer floated a long free kick to captain Jamie Robson, who headed past an advancing Paul Storey in the Falcons goal.

Falcons’ only real goal attempt of the match was well-saved by Churchill keeper Jason Sands shortly after as he tipped Scott Mackeown’s venomous shot around the upright.

Churchill coach Luke Cheney then broke the Falcons’ line to send a cross to strike partner Jesse Kennedy who coolly controlled and finished for the Rams’ second goal.

It was 3-0 before the break when Taylor Jackson went a charmed run before pulling the trigger to leave Storey with no chance.

In the second half it was much of the same and Cheney soon made it 4-0 with a neat finish before claiming his second hat-trick in as many weeks to blow the score out to 6-0.

Player of the match Cheney almost added another when his shot struck the post before the ball bounced up for substitute Dean Pyle to finish and complete the rout.

IN the inaugural Steel Youth Cup final, Churchill was too good for Falcons again winning 3-1. Churchill’s goals were scored by Shane McColl (penalty), Ben Skinner and an own goal from Falcons. Skinner was also recognised with player of the match honours.

CHURCHILL completed a cup trifecta on the day when its women’s team won the Browne-Huizer Trophy in extra time 1-0 over a hard working Tyers team.

Churchill claimed the winner just prior to the extra time interval when Lani Murdoch’s corner swung into the net.

Player of the match was Churchill’s Elise Winkel.

IN the reserve grade Shopwell Trophy, Fortuna triumphed 3-2 with George Fkaris scoring a brace for the Orangemen. Bekithemba Madiye scored both of Traralgon’s goals.