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Mossley Retain Manchester Premier Cup

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Mossley won one of the first cup competitions to come to a conclusion this season on Wednesday night by beating…..

…..Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North rivals Salford City on penalties to win the Manchester Premier Cup at Stockport County`s Edgeley Park.

In front of a decent crowd of 617, Mossley retained the cup but were forced to do it the hard way after surrendering a two-goal lead in the last 15 minutes of normal time.

The Lilywhites took a slender one-goal advantage into the break – and that came from the spot as well in the 28th minute after Sam Hind was bundled over by Harry Bockarie and Gary Gee stepped up to coolly fire home from twelve yards.

Mossley increased their lead in the 57th minute when Kayde Coppin broke down the right and his low cross was swept home from close range by Sam Madeley.

Mossley`s inability to kill the game off completely came to haunt them as City came back into it and reduced the arrears 15 minutes from when substitute Brad Robinson fired home to give the Ammies hope.

Mossley keeper Russell Saunders pulled off a couple of fine saves to preserve the lead but he was powerless to prevent Danny White from firing home an 85th minute equaliser.

Mossley were reduced to ten-men following an injury to Chris Brown after they had already used their allotted three subs, and Salford scented victory and Saunders was again the hero making another vital save to preserve parity and the game went to penalties.

And the final two spot-kicks proved decisive – Saunders brilliantly saved Adrian Bellamy’s kick and Ashley Young stepped up to win the cup for Mossley with the last penalty of the night to give Mossley a 4-2 shoot-out victory.

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