Poolie Matty Dolan leads Boro to cup triumph

TROPHY JOY: Matty Dolan with the Eric Powell Charity Cup
TROPHY JOY: Matty Dolan with the Eric Powell Charity Cup

SILVERWARE has been added to the Middlesbrough trophy cabinet with a Hartlepool-born player hoisting it high.

The inaugural Eric Powell Charity Cup was contested between the winners of the Durham FA Challenge Cup, Spennymoor, and the North Riding FA Senior Cup winners, Boro reserves, with all proceeds going towards the Great North Air Ambulance.

Tony Mowbray had given former English Martyrs pupil Matthew Dolan the armband –the midfielder repaying Mogga with a man of the match display.

The Teesiders burst into the lead on 26 minutes following Wilson Kneeshaw’s tidy finish from an acute angle. Spenny, though, responded with just 15 minutes left, Daniel Moore forcing penalties with a bullet header.

The development squad weren’t fazed by the spot kick, Boro scoring four to the Northern League champion’s one in the shootout, Dolan going on to lift the trophy.

Versatile Dolan, whose favoured position is in front of the back four, was an ever-present in Steve Agnew’s reserve side winning the league last season.

He has two years left to run on his four-year professional contract awarded to him in July 2010, but this season is arguably his most important yet with Dolan hoping to force his way into the senior side.

Likewise for fellow town-born wideman Ryan Brobbel, this season marks a key year in his quest to be a part of Mowbray’s plans.

His all-action display against Billingham Synthonia last week would have doubtless impressed Mogga, in a game where Dolan capped off the 5-1 win with a spectacular overhead kick.