EIGHT days of local senior football finals at the Exacta Stadium kicked-off on Friday when Chester Nomads beat Highfield Athletic 5-1 in the Chester & District FA Senior Cup.
Having already been promoted to the West Cheshire League top flight, Nomads made it a dream double success with victory over their lower-league opponents.
It was Highfield who broke the deadlock through Matty Cross, but last season’s losing finalists were not to be denied and goals from Dan Delgado, Andrew Fitzgibbon, George Pulford, man-of-the-match Dale Harris and Mark Crossan ensured they ran out comfortable winners.
Sunday’s Chester & District FA Sunday Cup final between Vicars Cross Dynamos and Corner Pin LG, in contrast, proved to be an incredibly close-run affair.
The Dynamos must have thought they had one hand on the trophy after Ben Billington (2) and Liam Gough fired them 3-1 in front.
But the holders and newly-crowned Chester & District Sunday League Section A champions had other ideas and goals from Dave Tills and Tommy Smith – the latter in the seventh minute of injury-time with an unstoppable free kick – made it 3-3 and took the match into extra-time.
A further 30 minutes of football failed to separate the sides and it was Corner Pin – for whom James McIntosh had opened the scoring – who took the title with a nail-biting 4-3 sudden-death penalty shoot-out success.
The previous day’s Chester & District League honours went to Peacock 09 and Kelma.
Peacock won the Cayzer Shield final with a 2-0 win over Waggon & Horses Reserves given to them by a brace from Jamie Hughes.
Despite strikes from Neil Ashbury and Adam Crimes, Kelsall went down to a shock 3-2 loss to Bromborough outfit Kelma in the Print Room League Cup final.
But Premier Division champions Kelsall bounced back on Monday with a 3-2 victory over holders Highfield in a thrilling Roodee Web Designs Tom Gerraghty Memorial Trophy final.
Ashbury and Sean Page (2) were on target for Kelsall, for whom captain James Thompson was the MoM.
Joey Waters and Matty Mackin netted and Steve Cunningham was the MoM for Highfield, who will attempt to make it third time lucky at the home of Chester FC tomorrow when they take on the Waggon & Horses first team in the final of the Chester & District FA Challenge Cup (6pm).