Thirks Falcons spot-on for Challenge Cup success

Thirsk Falcons
Thirsk Falcons

Thirsk Falcons secured the NRCFA Saturday Challenge Cup in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night with a thrilling 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory against West Pier.

Stu Rose scored twice for the Falcons as the game finished 2-2 after extra-time.

Thirsk then held their nerve on the spot-kicks as goalkeeper Mark Karvounis performed heroics to save two of Pier’s kicks.

George Peirse’s side headed into the match as favourites having been to the showpiece final three times in the last four seasons.

But they fell behind when Pier’s Paul Provins headed in a long throw.

Rose equalised after racing through to meet a through ball before he helped his side take the lead with his second.

Pier hit back with their own equaliser as Gary Thomas chipped Karvounis before half-time.

Despite the entertaining first half, there were no more goals in the contest and, after an additional 30 minutes extra time, it went to penalties.

Karvounis produced two fine saves from Pier’s first two spot-kicks as Thirsk raced into a 2-0 lead.

And, despite missing their third kick, the Falcons triumphed after prolific hitman Rose found the net for the third time, leaving the score at 4-2 with only one Pier kick to come.