Maidenhead too good for Ducks in County Cup final

Action from Monday's cup final. Aylesbury's Stacey Field shoots. Pictures by Jake McNulty
Action from Monday's cup final. Aylesbury's Stacey Field shoots. Pictures by Jake McNulty
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Aylesbury United were unable to end their season on a high as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Maidenhead United in the Bucks & Berks Cup final held at Chesham United on Monday.

Ultimately, the Ducks found the two league difference between the two too much to cope with as the Conference South outfit ran out comfortable winners to clinch the County Cup for an 18th time.

Jason Blackett crosses past Harry Pritchard

Jason Blackett crosses past Harry Pritchard

United manager Tony Joyce named two changed from the 1-0 defeat to Barton Rovers in their final league match, with Shaun Owens and Stacey Field coming in for Steve Hatch and Lea Coulter.

With barely a minute on the clock, it was Field who had the ball in the net when he lobbed goalkeeper Elvijs Putnins but the linesman’s flag had long been raised for offside.

It was something of a false dawn for the Ducks as Maidenhead quickly seized the initiative with striker Jacob Erskine having an effort deflected wide while Paul Edgeworth cleared a shot off the line.

Aylesbury’s closest effort came on 20 minutes when a free-kick was swung in from the right, and as Jack Wood diverted the ball back across goal, Edgeworth somehow managed to divert what looked like a goalbound effort over the bar from inches out.

Aylesbury players observe a minute's silence pre-match

Aylesbury players observe a minute's silence pre-match

That gave the Ducks some new found confidence and seconds later Jason Blackett’s direct run carried him into the box where Owens was just unable to turn home his square pass, as Putnins smothered.

From thereafter it was Maidenhead who were in the ascendency, however, as Jake Bewley’s superb block thwarted Dave Tarpey’s effort before the breakthrough arrived.

It came from the sixth Magpies corner of the first half as Danny Green’s cross sailed over United goalkeeper Dan Green and into the net.

Adrian Clifton was inches away from adding a second when he struck the woodwork before Erskine nodded a free header wide, while at the other end, Field’s snapshot from distance flew just the wrong side of the upright before the same man was denied by Putnins.

The Ducks remained just one behind going into half-time but any hope of a second half comeback was quickly extinguished by Maidenhead when Green rifled home a fine finish just seven minutes after the restart.

Maidenhead were now in complete control and they continued to pose problems with Clifton twice going close before Green saved from Harry Pritchard.

A third goal seemed inevitable and so it proved as the impressive Clifton rose highest to head in before Aylesbury’s misery was completed by substitute Jonathan Hippolyte, who netted a late fourth.