St Theodore's have successfully defended the Keighley Cup after a hard fought victory against the 'old enemy' Ivy Bank.

A first half goal from Steven Riley and second half strikes from Paul Dugdale and Arron Reynolds guided St Teds to glory on Turf Moor.

The win also avenged Teds 2-1 defeat against Ivy Bank two seasons ago.

Although both sides took time to get use to the surroundings, the Saints and Ivy Bank produced some fine football.

St Theodore's enjoyed the comfort of an early goal to settle their nerves when Riley raced on to a through ball from Andy Collins to slot the ball past David Bailey in the Ivy Bank goal.

Riley and Reynolds both went close to doubling the Saints lead as Ivy Bank's back four was put under pressure.

But they weathered the storm and enjoyed their own fine passage of play just before the break. And they nearly equalised through Chris O'Brien who fired just wide.

Ivy Bank again started well after the break but Ted's grabbed a second just at the right time. With 57 minutes on the clock, Dugdale fired home from the edge of the area following a goalmouth scramble.

Ivy Bank were now forced to take the game to the holders and eight minutes later they were caught on the break.

James Ashworth and Reece McGovern showed pace on the counter attack to set up Reynolds to rival the ball past Bailey. But Ivy Bank were not to be outdone and scored a fine consolation goal.

Substitute Sean Taggert had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes before he hit home a sweet struck shot from the right side of the area.

St Theodore's manager Ian Nevitt said: "I was very proud of the lads. They did well and it was a great team performance."

Ivy Bank boss Craig Parkinson was equally as proud of his side.

He said: "There were a lot of tired players out there but they gave their all. I was very happy with the way it went -- apart from the result of course."

ST THEODORE'S: Luke Simpson, Matthew Doughty, Alex Norwood, Joseph Norwood, Sam Leah, Paul Dugdale, James Ashworth, Andrew Collins, Joseph Barraclough, Steven Riley, Reece McGovern, Tim Reid, Jack Spiers, Dominic Bradbury, Jamie Kennedy, Arron Reynolds.

IVY BANK: David Bailey, Jason Snape, Jamie Cryer, Michael Whittaker, Mark Crossley, Ryan Wolstenholme, Anthony Taylor, Daniel Huck, Marcus Locke, Michael West, Christopher O'Brien, Ricky Corvino, Ben Worthington, Dominic Hargreaves, Ryan Chapman, Craig Taylor.


St Theodore's...3 Ivy Bank...1