Barnet defeated arch rivals, Stevenage last night in the final of the Herts Senior Cup to lift the County Cup for the first time in four years. Barnet won the trophy for the 19th time equalling the most wins in the competition previously held by Hitchin Town.
The Bees, under the stewardship for the night of Anwar Uddin, Roy Carroll and Gary Phillips, fielded a strong line up and started the stronger side. Ricky Holmes playing his first game following a lengthy lay off impressed early on, while Charlie Stimson missed a gilt edged opportunity blazing high over the bar. However, in the 24th minute, STIMSON made amends. Ricky Holmes played Charlie Taylor free on the right and his excellent cross left Stimson with a simple task of slotting home which he did well.
Barnet had most of the pressure in the first half and could perhaps have gone in at half time with a more decisive lead.
HT; Bees 1 Boro 0
Stevenage came out a lot stronger in the second half and within three minutes had equalised. This led to a period of dominance for the away side who also made their presence known with a series of rather too strong tackles, Sam Cox being sent flying by one in particular. The tiny midfield player was highly prominent and went on to win the man of the match award.
Just past the hour, the Bees went ahead again when Jordan Parkes played a fine ball through on the left and STIMSON cut into the penalty area to expertly slide in his second of the night. Despite a few scares, the Bees held on for a deserved victory. It only remained for Rossi Jarvis to lift the first trophy won at Underhill since that magical night against Carlisle United in 2005.
FT: Bees 2 Boro 1
Barnet; Walker; Dunleavy (Johnson 90), Yorke, Kamdjo, Parkes; Hughes, Cox, Jarvis, Holmes (Vilhete 60); Taylor, Stimson.