This weekend marked the start of Bristol Manor Farm’s knockout tournament, The Steve Hillier Memorial Cup. To commemorate our former secretary’s life, eight local sides battled it out at The Creek in search of a place in the second-round of the competition.
It was the Farm who kicked-off the tournament at midday, when they faced Bristol & Suburban Premier Division side Avonmouth FC. Fresh off the press from their midweek rout over Shirehampton FC in midweek, it didn’t take long for the Farm to open the scoring. Returning striker Owen Howe rose highest to put the tournament hosts one-up after just six minutes on the clock. Their lead, however, was cut short just moments later. Callum Piercey found a gap in-between the Farm defence and planted his header past Harry Thomas-Barker. But Manor Farm’s persistence paid off towards the end of the first-half when Mike Bryant and Owen Howe sent the Farm into the next round.
With each participating club respecting the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Hallen AFC and Bishops Sutton FC were the next two sides facing off at 4.15 on the opening day of the competition. Despite a cagey opening of the match, with both sides receiving a booking in the first five minutes, it was Hallen who would go on to assert their dominance. Jason Vincent’s hat-trick, Callum Withy’s double, and a single goal from Aaron Anglian ensure that the Armadillos would face the Farm in the second round on Tuesday.
On Sunday afternoon, it was Cribbs FC who matched up with Roman Glass in the midday fixture. Dan Webb for Cribbs opened the scoring of the tie, but a rocket from Mario Mateus drew the scores level. Despite Mateus’ leveller, Cribbs would go into the break deservedly ahead. A wayward defensive clearance from Roman Glass kindly dropped to Steve Murray who finished smartly via the inside of the post. Roman Glass were determined to not be disheartened by Cribbs’ goal, and in the second-half they found their equaliser. A series of nicks and flicks ended up in the Cribbs goal, with Mateus leading the celebrations. Neither side could find a winner and penalties would ensue. It wasn’t to be for Kieth Kearney who missed the all important penalty to keep Cribbs in the shootout, and Roman Glass sealed their victory when they made it 3-1 to progress into the second round.
And finally, Shirehampton and Sea Mills Park kicked-off the final match of the weekend, with the winner facing Roman Glass on Wednesday night. It would be a miraculous end to the fixture, with three goals in the last five minutes. Sea Mills Park were leading the match 2-1, but just as it was looking like Shirehampton would be heading for an early exit – they scored three goals to win the opening tie 4-2 at The Creek. After a 7-0 loss to the Farm in midweek, its fair to say that Shirehampton will be pleased with their reaction by securing a place in the second-round of the Steve Hillier Memorial Cup.
If you haven’t seen already, you can view our virtual tournament program online HERE.
Round One Results:
Manor Farm FC 3-1 Avonmouth FC
Hallen AFC 6-0 Bishops Sutton FC
Cribbs FC 2-2 Roman Glass St. George FC(1-3 to Roman Glass)
Shirehampton 4-2 Sea Mills Park FC