Hill Street retained the Gerald Kennedy Cup on Friday when they saw off Rectory Rangers 3-1 in front of a bumper crowd at Annagh United.
In what was a highly charged, high tempo game that was competitively fought from start to finish. it was Street who started the more nervous with Rectory looking up for the fight.
Rectory took the early lead when poor marking let the striker have time and space to pick his spot in the corner of the net. But for a great save from Kidd in goals, it could ohave been two.
Street continued to struggle to get a hold off the game and it took them midway through the first half to get their game together.
They finally got the equaliser when a volley from Hawthorne was directed towards the goal by Andy King to score his first of the season.
This brought Street to life and they finally started to keep possession, playing the football they are capable of. Street finally took the lead through a well planned corner routine as Peter Wright finished from close range.
The second half saw Hill Street take control in long spells, threatening the Rectory goal on a number of occasions. Cousins missed a good chance to improve the lead with Lawson also testing the keeper.
Street did finally score again to seal the match. Dwyane Kerr broke clear to slide the ball home after some good work from the midfield.
To Rectory’s credit, they tried to get back into the game looking dangerous on the attack. Street looked solid at the back though to stop anything that came at them and used their big game experience to see out the game to add to their impressive trophy haul over the last few years.
This should spur Street on to have a successful year and challenge on all fronts.
Street would like to thank Wee Paddy’s bistro for his kind pre-match hospitality which was enjoyed by all players and staff.