Tonight saw the two promoted teams from Division Three clash one final time this season, in the final of the Peter Daws Memorial Shield.
Last week the teams met in the league, a game which Burneside won to secure promotion against League Champions Penrith, earlier in the season however Penrith defeated Burneside in the reverse fixture. This game therefore was to be tight and very well contested.
Played at Parkside Road stadium home of Kendal Town FC, the cup would make what has been a great season for both clubs, just that little bit more special.
As the game got underway, most would expect Burneside to come flying out the blocks as they usually do however it was Penrith who settled early into their rythm and who got the early goal, a corner was delivered into the box by Declan Moore and Burneside failed to clear their lines, the ball was then forced home by Penrith Centre half Roy Emmerson with roughly 5 minutes on the clock.
Burneside then got going and came into the game creating some chances of their own with a few in reply from Penrith.
In what was a very well contested first half, Penrith built the pressure late in the half and it told when a long kick from keeper Macauley Musgrave was flicked on beating the Burneside defence and the ball was rolled into the bottom corner by striker Tom Graham. 2-0 Penrith going into half time.
With all still to play for in the tie and with both sides knowing what each other was capable of producing, 2-0 wasn’t a comfortable lead and both sides would be looking to push on in the second half.
As expected Burneside started the second half well, but it wasn’t until around the hour mark when they got a goal back, when a free kick was saved by the Penrith keeper but the rebound was tucked home. Game on
For the next 20 minutes Burneside went for the equaliser going all out attack having two efforts disallowed for offside in the process, but Penrith defended well and late in the game began creating some chances of their own, some good work holding the ball up late in the game by Penrith lead to the Burneside captain receiving a second yellow card for a bad tackle and he was sent off.
Penrith hit the woodwork twice late on, but they had done enough and the full time whistle went, the game finishing 2-1.
Celebration for the League Champions Penrith Academy then as they secured the double. Commiserations for Burneside, but the two teams will meet again in Division Two next year.