A BRACE from Lee McElmeel handed Highfield Athletic one of the city’s major pieces of footballing silverware.
McElmeel struck twice to defeat Christleton Reserves 2-1 in the final of the Chester FA Challenge Cup on Friday.
Graham Davidson netted a second-half strike for the Swans, who were playing at their Little Heath home ground.
Other cup finals to be decided over the weekend saw Kelma conquer Neston Nomads 3-2 to claim the Cayzer Shield on Saturday, while Castrol Social went down 1-0 to West Kirby in Friday’s Cheshire Amateur Cup final at Rivacre Park.
In the Chester and District League, Highfield continued their good form on Monday. The Premier Division leaders saw off high-flying Helsby 2-1 thanks to a Simon Davies brace.
Elsewhere on Monday, an Andy Riddle goal was not enough for Hoole Rangers as they went down 3-1 to City Bar (Jamie McElwaine 2, Josh Jones).
In Olympic Trophies Division One on Monday, mid-table Barrow Athletic racked up a 6-2 success against Chester Nomads 3rds. Tom Lipton (2), Tom Williamson (2), Nigel Johnson and John Barrett got the goals.
Basement side Cestrian Alex lost out 5-0 at home to Saughall Thursday.
In Drury Electrical Wholesalers Division Two, a hat-trick from John Lloyd fired Neston Nomads to a 6-2 win at Vicars Cross Doves. Tre Thomas-Dyke (2) and Mark Bentley completed the rout.
The day’s highest scorers on Saturday were Newton Bears Reserves. In their home clash with Vicars Cross Vets in Link Up Division Three, they emerged 13-3 winners. The goals were shared by Kev Dutton (2), Rob Balance (3), Terry Ellams (2), Mick Carroll (3), Tom Sutcliffe (2), Jack Bennion and Brett Ballack.
Saturday’s other District League results – see Sport in Detail on page 75.