First cup success for Avenue FC in county competition

Date published: 21 March 2022

Heywood based Avenue FC claimed their first cup win in the prestigious Manchester Football Association Sunday Trophy with a 7-1 victory in the final.

The club, a member of the Rochdale, Bury and District Sunday Football League, beat Queens Bredbury, of the Tameside Football League, at Hyde United on Friday evening (18 March).

Connor Gladstone scored Avenue’s first goal after just three minutes, followed by a second from Levi Morris just moments later.

Queens scored their first goal in the 21st minute but Jordan Burton added a third for Avenue at the stroke of half-time to make it 3-1.

In the second half, Tyler Smith scored before two more followed from Burton, who was later named man of the match for his hat-trick. The final goal was scored by Maison Dinsdale with just 10 minutes left to spare.

This is the first time Avenue has won the Manchester Sunday Shield trophy, which also marks the amateur side’s first-ever success in a cup competition after previously placing as runners-up in various league cups.

Posting on Facebook, a representative for Avenue FC said: “To do it in a county competition – and in the style they did – is a benchmark not just for Sunday football, but for the club itself; a great achievement.”

Avenue was established in 2014, set up by Brian Farrell, brother of boxer Kieran Farrell.

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