Champions Wakefield enjoy perfect day in front of record crowd 

EV2 Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division 

Wakefield AFC 2-0 Dodworth Miners Welfare 

Wakefield lift the EV2 Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division title

Toolstation NCEL-bound Wakefield AFC enjoyed the perfect day as the title was sealed in front of a record crowd and their Brazilian-American owners who flew in from New York on Friday.

Goals early-on in each half from Danny Youel and Owen Kirman ensured Dodworth Miners Welfare were defeated and Wakey’s long unbeaten run under title-winning boss Gabe Mozzini continued.

It was always going to be Wakefield’s afternoon in the carnival atmosphere.

Dodworth, who had players missing, needed to win by eight goals to snatch the title – it was never going to happen.

The visitors did create moments of danger and had a goal disallowed, but the powerfully-organised Wakefield side were ultimately too strong for them.

Dodworth could not do much about Youel’s quality opener.

The midfielder curled the ball home from the edge of the penalty area – leaving goalkeeper Josh Herring with no chance.

Wakefield celebrate Youel’s opener
The crowd of 608 is believed to be a record for the County Senior League

Herring, arguably the best stopper in the top flight, then kept his side in the game with a fine save from sharp-shooter Jake Morrison’s close range header.

The title-clinching goal – eight minutes into the second stanza – actually came from one of Dodworth’s best chances.

Captain Aaron Brotherton had weaved his way into the box and forced a solid stop from the Wakefield goalkeeper.

The resulting corner was cleared and Youel’s long punt flew over a badly-positioned Aaron Parlett and Kirwan sprinted away and coolly slotted past Herring.

Brotherton would have a better opportunity later as he went through one-on-one – only to be denied again.

Substitute Matt Jacobs also went close with a header for Dodworth.

Wakey created more chances themselves and Herring would deny Bruno Bagi.

Wakefield’s Brazilian-American owners flew in from New York on Friday
One of Wakefield AFC’s owners, Guilherme Decca

The Teams

Wakefield AFC: Kendrick, Blackburn, Craig, Curran, Swain, Woodward, Rubie, Youel, Morrison, Mole, Kirman. Subs: Lockwood, Child, Blankley, Bagi, Bacon.

Dodworth Miners Welfare: Herring, Connor Rollinson, Wilson, Rhodes, B Severn (Rogers), Batty (Parlett), Calan Rollinson, Brotherton (captain), L Owen (Jacobs), Barlow, J Owen. 

Who Was In Charge 

Lee Kendrick (7/10)

How Many Were There 

608

Man of the Match 

Danny Youel (Wakefield AFC)

Title-winning Wakefield AFC manager Gabe Mozzini and Danny Youel

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.