Derbyshire Senior Cup Final: Derby County 0, Buxton FC 1
BUXTON FC lifted the Derbyshire Senior Cup for the second time in four seasons on Wednesday night thanks to a Mark Reed goal in the 70th minute.
Held at Chesterfield FC’s b2net Stadium, a minute’s silence was observed before the match in memory of Buxworth teenager Ben Obiora, who died after collapsing while playing football on Saturday afternoon.
In a tight game played in torrential rain, the Bucks more than matched the young Derby County side and were clearly out to avenge last year’s 5-0 final defeat.
The rejuvenated Bucks made their intentions clear from the start, creating pressure within the first couple of minutes.
But it wasn’t until the 20th minute when they really put keeper Ross Etheridge to the test with a Grant Black free-kick which he punched out only as far as Steve Istead whose rebound shot was finally collected by the custodian.
As the half wore on, Derby County kept the Buxton defence busy with a series of set pieces before Kieran Lugsden sent a long range effort wide on 38 minutes.
Then on 40 minutes, a Grant Black corner for Buxton FC reached Neil Stevens whose well-struck shot was deflected by a Derby County player.
In the final five minutes of the game, it was Derby County who had the best of the action, firstly putting Scott Hartley under pressure with a goalmouth scramble following a corner and then firing a warning shot after rattling the woodwork in first-half stoppage time.
Immediately after the break, Buxton created an opening through Lugsden but he was tackled by Josh Lelan before being able to shoot.
Derby County responded immediately with a counter attack but Kane Richards’ long-range shot was high and wide.
A minute later, Stevens had Buxton’s best opportunity so far when he shot from an angle at close range but his effort was slightly off target.
With 52 minutes on the clock, Kwame Thomas finished off a good move for Derby but his effort was ruled offside.
Peter Davidson sent a shot over the bar on 56 minutes before Mason Bennett forced a diving save from Scott Hartley on 67 minutes.
But three minutes later the deadlock was broken when Reed added to his tally with a fantastic strike which gave Etheridge no chance, and delighted the travelling Bucks fans.
This led to a tense 20 minutes as Derby searched for an equaliser while Buxton looked for a second to put the tie beyond doubt.
In the 90th minute Lugsden picked up a cross from Reed but was ultimately denied a second goal for Buxton.
The second half ended as the first had with Derby County striking the woodwork through Thomas who had picked up a cross from Stefan Galinski.
Injury time brought a couple more opportunities for County but the Bucks held on to lift the trophy.
Buxton: Hartley, Black, Wilde, Istead, Liversidge, Agus, Stevens. Towey, Reed, Davidson (Maxfield, 80), Lugsden.