Cowes Sports 1 v Newport 4
The Isle of Wight Senior Gold Cup was competed this week for the first time since 2019, when Newport won it for the 40th time since 1945. It is one of the country’s most valuable trophies and only leaves the bank vaults on Cup Final Day.
After a fairly even opening 15 minutes under the lights at Beatrice Avenue, Wessex Premier League Cowes took the lead against Division One Newport. Newport then almost equalised when Jordan Browne’s header, from a Connor Kelly cross, narrowly missed the post. With these the highlights of a first-half that finished 1-0 to Cowes, the Yachtsmen came to regret not capitalising on early chances.
Newport started the second-half with renewed purpose, with Browne levelling from a corner, and sustaining the pressure until Joe Craig gave the ’Port a 2-1 lead. Kelly soon made it 3-1 with a 25-yard thunderbolt, quickly followed by Joe Butcher scoring a scrappy goal for Newport, leaving the Cup increasingly looking out of reach for the Cowes side. In front of the 500-strong crowd, skipper Martin McDonagh collected the trophy and led the post-match celebrations, with Cowes rueing missed opportunities.