Newport edge Gold Cup final

By Clare Newman

Published on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 21:45


NEWPORT won the most expensive trophy in English football on Friday night, the IW Senior Gold Cup.

In a scrappy match, Aleks Przespolewski's goal on the hour mark against East Cowes Vics at Westwood Park was enough to separate the sides.

Vics were the dominant side for two-thirds of the game, but their finishing let them down. Newport always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, though thanks to a resilient Vics' defence those attacks were kept to a minimum.

Both Gary Streeter and Jamie Bray made important stops for their teams, particularly in the second half, but it was Newport who took the lead, somewhat against the run of play, when Przespolewski slotted home from a goalmouth scramble.

After this, Vics tried to get back into the game but lacked the confidence they had in the first half, and despite some desperate attempts at the end, they couldn't find an equaliser.

Newport chairman Paul Phelps said it was a great way for the club to end the season.

"It was a great end for us, in our anniversary year. I thought it was a very good final, played in a very sportsmanlike manner, and all credit to Vics for providing such a good challenge."

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