This was a massive victory for the Park who bounced back from two recent defeats to return to the top of Division Three. It was a fine all round team performance with tenacity and a one hundred per cent commitment.
It is unfair to single out any one player but the returning Mark Taylor was invariably at the heart of the play just in front of the back four constantly urging his players on and organising the team.
The Park were without Freddie Payne and Jim Hagon, both injured in the previous cup encounter together with the unavailable Neil Cutts, Leon and Christian Terry. Paul Burgess was on the substitutes bench with Alfie Smyth.
The visitors got off to the perfect start scoring in the tenth minute when a delightful pass by Taylor found Andy Streeter who slotted the ball into the net. Play thereafter swung from end to end with the Park often dangerous on the break after The Bull had lost possession around the 18 yard area.
There were a few half chances at either end but approaching the half time whistle the Park were awarded a free kick at least 35 yards from the opposition’s goal. Damien Meade struck a superb left shot towards goal and the ball deceived the defence and goalkeeper hitting the back of the net to give the Park a 2-0 interval advantage.
The Bull started the second half in determined mood and put a lot of pressure on their opponents forcing a number of corners. From one such corner on the right the ball dropped into the box to an unmarked player and he slotted it into the net.
This spurred the hosts on but gradually with a disciplined defence and quick breaks the Park were always in the game. As The Bull pushed forward chances were created and Billy Muckle on the right had a lot of space to work in and on at least two occasions should have put the result beyond recall.
The Bull went close to drawing level with a shot which narrowly missed the keeper’s left upright but soon afterwards Alex David was on hand to score from close range to give Park a 3-1 victory and the ‘double’ over their opponents.