Southport FC became 2019 Partners Foundation Challenge Trophy champions, following a 3-1 victory over Colne FC at the University of Bolton Stadium.
A first half hat-trick from Dion Charles, followed by a consolation from Bradley Lynch late in the second half ensured that Southport won the competition for the ninth time in their club’s history.
Southport took the lead just after ten minutes. A lovely cross from the left hand side was met beautifully from Dion Charles, who headed home.
It was 2-0 just 15 minutes later with a trademark similar goal to the first. Devarn Green crossed from the right hand side this time, and there was Dion Charles to poke home and get his second of the match.
And he had his hat-trick on 35 minutes. A mistake from Hakan Burton in the Colne goal left Charles with an open opportunity to round the goalkeeper expertly and slot home into an empty net.
Southport took a deserved 3-0 lead into the interval, giving Colne FC a mountain to climb.
However, Steve Cunningham’s men came out in the second half with an improved tempo and determination to break down Josh Tibbet’s goal.
After countless opportunities, they got their just rewards ten minutes fromtime. Bradley Lynch found himself in a good position 20 yards from goal with acres of space and unleashed a shot into the bottom corner, with no chance for the goalkeeper.
The comeback wasn’t meant to be for Colne, however, and Southport lifted the trophy for the first time since 2010, ending their season in the perfect fashion - with a trophy in their hands.
Colne FC: Burton, Azam, Pugh, Coleman, Makinson, Nangle, Morgan, Poscha, Djabi, Wood, Lynch
Substitutes: Baker, Knox, Curran, Hughes, Howarth
Southport FC: Tibbetts, Richards, Ogle, Edwards, Astles, Morgan, Green, Lacey, Charles, Samspson, Bauress
Substitutes: Homson Smith, Wood, Parry, Platt, Hanford
Referee: Elliot Swallow
Assistant Referees: Anthony Ball & Emmanuel Edett
Fourth Official: Ed Duckworth