OAKFIELD U13 Falcons may have missed out on winning the Island League this season, but they created some history by retaining the Isle of Wight U13s Cup after beating Newport in a close final.


On Friday evening, the final was played at Camp Road, Freshwater, "in a good spirit with excellent support from both sets of supporters".

Lightning struck twice for Newport FC that evening, as their first team lost to Cowes Sports on penalties in the Isle of Wight Senior (Gold) Cup final

Having already secured the league, Newport faced last season’s double winners on a pristine West Wight FC pitch.

Oakfield played up the Camp Road hill in the first half, with the opening stages cagey.

But after 20 minutes, Newport took the lead.

A great through ball from Bobby Stokes, found Remy Deegan, who out-paced the centre back to finish superbly.

Newport comfortable, with Oakfield not really creating much, with their defence holding firm to go into half-time with the 1-0 lead.

As the second half went on, the Falcons restricted Newport to counter attacks.

Eventually, Oakfield equalised with a goal from Reggie Woodmore.

From a corner, Newport keeper Austin Fuller made a great save, only for the Falcons player to swoop and tap in the rebound.

Oakfield could smell blood — piling on the pressure — but Newport worked hard to keep them out, with Fuller making more good saves.

Just when it looked like the game would go to penalties, Oakfield popped up to win it with a fantastic strike into the top corner from Jack Brody to break Newport's hearts and send the Falcons wild.

Afterwards, delighted Falcons manager, Darren McNamara, said: "The lads played a very good Newport side, but the boys' determination and strength showed with two great goals scored to deservedly win."

Darren said it was the team's reward for all the hard work they put in throughout the season .

"As a manager, I feel honoured to walk out onto the pitch with these lads and I have the upmost respect for them," he added.

"Big thanks to all the parents and supporters who came to watch."

A Newport spokesperson said the team "gave everything" on the night and congratulated Oakfield as "formidable opponents".