Link to BBC Homepage

Front Page







World News in Audio

On Air


Talking Point


Low Graphics


Site Map

Sunday, April 19, 1998 Published at 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK

Sport: Football

Mariners catch Wembley cup win
image: [ Grimsby players thank their fans after their golden goal win ]
Grimsby players thank their fans after their golden goal win

Grimsby Town have won the Autowindscreens Shield final at Wembley after Wayne Burnett scored a golden-goal extra-time winner to see off Bournemouth 2-1.

Bournemouth started the game well and after John Bailey pounced on a mistake by Grimsby keeper Aidan Davison he converted to give the Cherries a 1-0 half-time lead.

Both sides were making their debut at Wembley and it was Bournemouth who settled earliest, enjoying plenty of possession.

[ image: Mariners Manager Alan Buckley can't believe his team's victory]
Mariners Manager Alan Buckley can't believe his team's victory
The Mariners missed a gilt-edged chance after 25 minutes when a blighted left-wing cross was misjudged by Glass and narrowly missed the head of Nogan.

But it was the Cherries who opened the scoring on the half-hour mark.

A floated free kick was knocked on by forward Steve Fletcher, Mark Stein knocked the loose ball onto the oncoming keeper Davison and the rebound fell kindly for Bailey, who tucked his shot into an empty net.

Bournemouth came close to stretching their lead after 35 minutes when, from a corner, the unmarked Steve Robinson headed towards goal with Grimsby full-back John McDermott forced to clear off the line.

After 55 minutes Town boss Buckley made a double substitution replacing Clare and Tony Gallimore with Livingstone and Kingsley Black.

The switch almost paid dividends when Smith linked up well with Livingstone in the middle of the field. The forwards teed up for Wayne Burnett who shot just over.

A minute later the same combination of Smith and Livingstone saw Smith fire into the hands of Glass.

As the Mariners frustration grew they had three players booked in the space of eight minutes - McDermott, Smith and Burnett.

Grimsby got back into the game after a mistake from the Bournmouth keeper Glass. A mix-up between the keeper and his defence caused him to tip the ball into his own net after a fine header from Kingsley Black.

The game ebbed and flowed from that point with both sides having chances to win but as extra-time loomed, tired legs meant that a golden goal extra half-hour was necessary to split the two teams.

With only a few minutes remaining of the extra period it was midweek flu victim, Wayne Burnett, who sliced in a left foot shot after a flick-on from a corner to seal victory for the Mariners.

Grimsby must go to Carlisle on Tuesday to stay in the race for a play-off place to reach the first division. If successful, that would mean another Wembley appearance.

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage

Link to BBC Homepage

Internet Links

Grimsby Town

AFC Bournemouth

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
In this section

Collins calls it a day for Scots

Derby double swoop fails

From Special Report
Keegan accused over late night

White Rose rivals meet again

McIlroy tipped for NI role

League to rule on Sky shares

Keane talks to resume

From Special Report
We'll be back for World Cup - Brown

From Special Report
Keegan insists England can triumph

Irish to appeal after brawl

Israel demands soccer sex scandal inquiry

From Special Report
I've rarely seen anything worse

From Special Report
An almost unbelievable turnaround

SA kidnap shocks soccer coach

From Special Report
Police claim play-off success

From Special Report
England book Euro 2000 place

From Special Report
We've a long way to go - Keegan

Turks bury Irish dream

From Special Report
We deserved to qualify - Hendry

Slovenia to make Euro debut

From Special Report
England v Scotland - picture gallery

From Special Report
What they said

Football Contents