Keswick thwarted in trophy final

Date: Thursday 18th April 2019

THE Westmorland FA Benevolent Trophy was the third piece of silverware on Keswick’s hit list, having secured the James Cropper Westmorland League title and the Westmorland FA Invitation Trophy. However, Kendal United had other ideas.

KESWICK 0, KENDAL UTD 1

On a balmy night in Kendal an early penalty strike by Kendal captain Bailey Kenny proved the decider.

It was a frustrating night for the Keswick supporters who had travelled to the final, as, for the next 30 minutes, the pressure was all from the Fitz Park men, but poor finishing, an isolated Richard Bannister, good defending, and some extraordinary offside decisions left them struggling to get on equal terms.

The best chance fell to Kendal just before half-time as the ball flashed across goal, but they failed to convert.

The second half was more of the same, with Keswick pressing forwards, but then Sam Reilly picked up a knock and was hobbling for the final 20 minutes, while Keswick keeper John Phillips almost joined his Kendal counterpart who had to leave the field with an injury.

But even after nearly ten minutes of added time, and two late Andy Frampton efforts, Keswick still could not score. The late additions of Declan Robinson and George Frampton gave them added impetus, but as the clock ticked down a well drilled Kendal defence held on.