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Senator secure second successive Orphanage Cup

Senator defeat Totally Wicked 3-1 at Ewood Park to lift the trophy for third time

20 May 2019

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Senator made it a hat-trick of wins in the Orphanage Cup final after defeating Totally Wicked 3-1 at Ewood Park.

Two goals from Jay Hart and a strike from Jack Gaskill made it three wins in the last four years for Paul Egan’s side.

The long-running competition, which dates back to 1932, is for works teams in and around the Blackburn area and has raised over £100,000 for Blackburn Orphanage, Blackburn Child Care Society and Child Action North West.

Watched by a crowd of over 500, Hart broke the deadlock early on, heading home after his initial effort was saved by inspired goalkeeper Glenn Smith.

After Senator twice hit the crossbar and saw countless chances saved, Totally Wicked equalised midway through the second half when Alan Govan’s superb strike from the edge of the area found the back of the net.

However, Senator regained their lead almost immediately when Hart raced through on goal to score his second, before Gaskill sealed the success late on.

Orphanage Cup secretary Tommy Tatham, who is stepping down from his role after organising the tournament for the last 36 years, said: “It’s a wonderful competition for a very worthy cause.

“It has been brilliant to be able to hold the final at Ewood Park for the last few years and I would like to thank Blackburn Rovers for their support, it means so much to all those involved – not just the players and coaches, but match officials and friends, family and work colleagues who come along to watch.”

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