Oakhill win Shonn Trophy
Two goals from Jake Gilbert helped Oakhill Lions win the Shonn Trophy after beating Manchester Maccabi 3rd 3-1 on Thursday night.
An exciting final was not decided until the last few minutes at Salford City FC’s Moor Lane ground.
Maccabi went close with several corners and a couple of half chances in the opening exchanges, but it was Oakhill, who had perhaps played the better football, that looked most likely to get the breakthrough and they broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Gilbert was left unmarked and volleyed home spectacularly from 10 yards.
The Oaks doubled the lead on the stroke of half time when a goalkeeping error allowed Ben Horn to fire home.
Maccabi pushed forward in search of goals in the second half and they forced the Oaks on to the back foot. From a series of corners, one was cleared off the line while Richler-Kleiman hit the post from an acute angle.
The pressure eventually paid off with Greg Louca looped a header over the stranded keeper.
This gave Maccabi hope with barely 10 minutes left but going in search of an equaliser, they left gaps at the back and it was no surprise that the students sealed the match as Gilbert broke clear to bury the ball in the bottom corner.
Victory saw Mark Livingstone’s men lift the trophy for the third time. They will be looking to complete a cup double against Haroldeans in the Feldman Trophy final at Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park on May 16.