THE 1989 JERSEY CUP FINAL

31 March, 1989 at Bicester Town Sports Ground

Charlton United (0) 2 -  Civil Service (0) 1

Referee: P Dempsey Linesmen: Unknown

Charlton United: Unknown  

Charlton United Scorers: Barry Reynolds 1 Pete Gough 1

Civil Service: Unknown

Civil Service Scorers:  Michael Anderson 1

Charlton again victors

The Lord Jersey Cup Final played on Bicester Town’s ground on Easter Monday afternoon was between Charlton United, four times winner of the trophy in the 1980’s, and Civil Service, whose only success in the Competition was two season’s ago. There were few incidents in a dull first 45 minutes with Charlton attacking the goal at the pavilion end, having slightly more possession than Civil Service. Civil Service finished the half with a good ten minute spell, leaving a small and subdued crowd hoping for better things in the second half.

The Second half was barely under way when Civil Service’s veteran keeper, Ken Kernahan was called into action to make a save from a Duncan Cooper header. At the other end, Andy Truby went close when he chested down a long ball and fired just wide of the left-hand upright. Civil Service saw another chance go begging when Sammy Johnson found the ball at his feet and in plenty of space from a Michael Anderson cross, his weak shot was easily saved by Derek Thomas in Charlton’s goal.

Civil Service were now well on top and in the space of 30 seconds Duncan Cooper twice cleared off the line, first from Sammy Johnson and then Robert Nash. Charlton’s Utd’s experienced defence weathered the storm and they went close themselves when Dave Nutt had a close range shot go just wide.

The deadlock was finally broken mid way through the second period when Charlton’s right back Neil Price broke down the right wing and rounded a challenge from Robert Nash to get in a perfect cross to Barry Reynolds on the far post for him to head home the first goal of the match.

With just ten minutes remaining, Charlton conceded a penalty when Neil Price was forced to handle a Sammy Johnson shot on the goal line. Michael Anderson made no mistake with a well-struck penalty to level the score.

With the prospect of the game going into extra time looming Charlton’s Dave Crook won the ball on the halfway line and found Pete Gough on the edge of the penalty area. Gough battled his way through a crowded area and fired home an unstoppable shot to secure a hard earned victory for Charlton Utd.

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