Alan Cooper Memorial Trophy Stays at Sandygate

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Posted 08th July 2015 - Posted in Match Reports

Hallam won the 155th derby with local rivals Sheffield FC in front of a crowd of over 350 at Sandygate Road last night.

Both teams had new players on display with Hallam blooding some of last season's U19 squad who didn't look out of place.

There was an emotional opening to the game with Brian Bradley's family leading out the teams and then the whole stadium joined in a minutes applause in recognition of Brian and Judith's untimely passing last week.

It was all square at the interval then Ryan Hindley's men took the initiative with 20 minutes remaining. The visitors equalised in the last five minutes meaning the game would have to be decided on the dreaded but exciting penalty shoot out.

At 4-4 with Hallam having missed their third attempt Sheffield stepped up to win the game but a big hand from Jack Dennison took us into sudden death. Hallam now had the initiative scoring their next penalty and putting the pressure back on Sheffield who lifted theirs over the bar to give Hindley his first piece of silverware and establish a good foundation on which to build the season.

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