A superb strike from Danny Ball helped Ilfracombe Town on their way to lifting the Torridge Cup on Thursday night.
The Bluebirds beat Boca Seniors 3-2 at Torrington’s Vicarage Field to get their hands on the trophy.
Ball’s goal at the end of a back-and-forth opening half an hour proved to be the difference between the two sides, giving Ilfracombe the lead after cutting in from the left flank and rocketing a right-footed shot from 25 yards across goal and into the net.
The Bluebirds had taken the lead inside five minutes when Joe Seldon nodded in from close range, but it didn’t take Boca long to restore parity.
Lewis Ovey converted a penalty less than two minutes later to level things up, and minutes later a well-taken lob from Craig Sandle put Boca ahead.
Ilfracombe replied 10 minutes later when Simon Townsend’s shot from the edge of the penalty area snuck past Darren Babb and across the line. Ball got what would turn out to be the final goal just shy of the half-hour mark.
Ilfracombe Town manager Clem Bennellick said: “It was a bit of weird one wasn’t it? We went 1-0 up, I thought deservedly, then they had a penalty – I’m not really sure what’s happened there and some of the lads didn’t either.
“They had a bit of luck and I think we had our bit of luck with our second goal, which evened it out a bit.
“It was a good result, the performance wasn’t the best but in a final like that against an awkward team and a good team, you’ll take that 100 per cent.
“Danny is one of those confidence players. Tonight he had some good touches early on and looked confident, started flying down that wing, and he finished it off with a lovely finish.”