Albert Foundry in Steel & Sons Cup final after late winner against PSNI

Albert Foundry's Paul Young celebrates
Albert Foundry's Paul Young celebrates

Albert Foundry ended 66 years of hurt by booking their place in the Steel & Sons Cup final on Friday night.

The Amateur League club will contest the Christmas showpiece for the first time since 1949 following a remarkable 4-3 victory over PSNI at Seaview.

They raced into a 3-0 lead, before three goals in 19 incredible second-half minutes saw Championship Two side PSNI draw level.

However, all that counted for nothing when Darren McCombe grabbed an 87th-minute winner to send the Paisley Park club into the Christmas morning final where they will play either Crusaders Reserves or Harland & Wolff Welders.

Albert Foundry took an early lead in the fourth minute when Paul Young coolly slotted home.

They grabbed a second just before half-time when an in-swinging corner from Paul Young was nodded home from less than a yard by defender John Burns.

Young added a third five minutes after the break, but the PSNI’s comeback started in the 54th minute when Andrew Blackledge scored, and then Mark Anderson made it 3-2 with a superb 30-yard effort.

Referee Shane Andrews awarded PSNI a penalty in the 73rd minute after Graeme Beck conceded a foul.

Ryan Berry scored from the spot to level the scores.

All the PSNI’s good work was undone in the 87th minute when defender Ashton McDermott missed a header, allowing McCombe to nip in and score an unlikely winner.

Albert Foundry: Cairnduff; Corry, Burns, Moore, McAlinden (43 Beck); D. McCombe, Harris. Maxwell, West; Young, Mitchell (70 McCord)

Subs Not Used: Sloan, Beattie, W. McCombe

PSNI: Harrison, Blair, McDermott, McCrory, Blackledge; Anderson, Hutchinson, Berry, McWilliams, Moody, Adamczyk

Subs Not Used: Adams, Manly, McLaughlin, McCullough, Simms