Dodworth Miners Welfare 3
Penistone Church 4
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Last Season these two teams played each other in the final of this competition and they produced the best match of the season . So much so it was a winner in the 2016-17 Onion Bag Awards .Today , unbelievably they trumped that final and produced pulsating cup tie which swung backwards and forwards all afternoon.
Dodsworth Miners Welfare is located just west of Barnsley and seems a busy place with Bowling , Junior and Senior football teams and a thriving Bar and Social Club.
They reached the dizzy heights of Yorkshire League Division Two until they left in 1979.Since then they have flirted between other leagues (Wakefield & District , Sheffield & Hallam and South Yorkshire Amateur League).Today they find themselves running away with Div One of the Sheffield & Hallam League and they have ambitious plans for progression. The main terraced stand is fantastic.
Today's game was an end to end classic as both teams went toe to toe. Miners scored midway through the first half, Church equalised within two minutes.
Then with about twenty minutes left the fireworks really started.Miners went back in front and then like the first half Chirch quickly equalised to make it 2-2. Both teams attacked and missed plenty of chances. 15 Minutes left Church then counter attacked and scored a great goal to take the lead for the first time 3-2.With time running out Miners equalised to make it 3-3. This was then followed by two misses of the season by both teams. First Miners forward was 6 inches from goal and toe poked it to their goalie , who was lying on the ground. How he failed to score nobody knows. Then amazingly minutes later Church missed a very similar goalden chance much to the utter disbelief to the vocal crowd.
But then minutes later Church snatched a winner. Cue the big pile up of players and coaches in celebration. Miners came back for more to force the game into extra time but sadly just fell short. Both teams were applauded off by everybody in recognition of a fantastic game of football.
There is a chance they could be drawn to face each other in the League Cup later in the season. If they are , i will make sure i am there for this was as good as it gets.