The traditional Cumberland FA cup final season has begun! Two finals are set to take place this Friday (4 May), kicking off 10 days of action with nine pieces of silverware up for grabs.
Two Cumberland FA County Cups have already been decided, with the Under-16 Cup and Under-16 Girls’ Cup being played out on a chilly day in March. Workington AFC Reds and Stanwix JFC became the first County Cup Champions of 2018 – click HERE to catch up on what happened!
The Under-18 category split into Cup and Plate competitions following the quarter-finals, with the Cup final an all East affair and the Plate final bringing two West based teams together.
Under-18 County Cup Final
Date: Friday 4 May 2018
Final: Crown Newlaithes JFC U18 v Upperby Park JFC U17
Venue: Keswick FC | Kick Off: 7:00pm
Match Officials | Referee: Tony Whitfield | Assistant Referees: Matthew Chambers and Joshua Thorburn | 4th Official: Chris Backhouse
The Under-18 County Cup Final brings together the top two teams from the Carlisle Glass Longhorn League for season 2017/18.
A 3-2 semi-final win - thanks to a late James Davidson 40-yard strike - booked Crown Newlaithes’ place in the final of this season’s competition. Last season’s runners-up will be looking to go one better in their final year at youth level.
Crown Newlaithes have gone through the season with only two league defeats (both to their cup final opponents) and finished runners-up in the league. Crown also have the League Cup Final to look forward to later in the month against Harraby Catholic Club.
Upperby Park JFC, winners of the Under-16 County Cup last season and this year’s Carlisle Glass Longhorn Under 18 League, will be going into the final full of confidence having gone through the league season with a 100% record.
Under-18 Plate Final
Date: Friday 4 May 2018
Final: Workington Reds Juniors Black v Whitehaven AFC Juniors
Venue: Windscale FC | Kick Off: 7:00pm
Match Officials | Referee: Graham Young | Assistant Referees: Joshua Maddison and Cameron Meighan | 4th Official: Trevor Bethwaite
The Plate Final will be contested between teams from the West Cumbria Youth League.
Workington Reds travelled to Carlisle and booked their place in the final with a 3-2 win over Harraby Catholic Club.
Whitehaven AFC defeated Carlisle based Stanwix JFC in an 11-goal thriller in the semi-final of the Plate competition, with the score 4-4 at full-time. Whitehaven eventually won 6-5.
For further information about our County Cups, please CLICK HERE
Following the Bank Holiday weekend, the cup finals continue with the Cumberland Cup on Tuesday followed by the Women’s Cup on Friday evening, before a weekend involving another 10 Cumberland teams.
Cumberland FA would like to wish all teams, including the third team on the pitch - the officials - the very best of luck in their respective finals!