Le Riche Cup: St Paul's retain title to win fifth trophy

St Paul's celebrate their Le Riche Cup win
St Paul's have won five of the last seven Le Riche Cup finals

Jersey champions St Paul's completed a clean sweep of the five competitions they entered this season by beating Jersey Scottish 3-0 to retain the Le Riche Cup.

Craig Russell's early effort was followed by further first-half goals from Scott McClurg and Luke Watson.

Saints have also won the Upton, the Jersey Premiership, the Wheway Cup and the Charity Cup this season.

Their only loss was a 2-1 league defeat by Trinity in April.

"To win five trophies makes it a brilliant year," St Paul's manager Paul Brannan told BBC Radio Jersey.

"It's been a huge amount of work behind the scenes, I'm very lucky to be supported by a fantastic club and fantastic committee.

St Paul's did not lift all six trophies available to top-flight Jersey sides because they decided not to enter the Jeremie Cup, having reached the previous five finals of the Guernsey FA-run inter-island event.

St Paul's season of triumph
9 September: Beat Jersey Scottish 2-0 to win the Charity Cup
13 April: Win the Jersey Premiership after 14 wins and just one loss from 18 games
25 April: Beat Guernsey Priaulx League champions Belgrave Wanderers 9-0 to retain the Upton Park Trophy
21 May: Defeat Jersey Wanderers 1-0 to win the Wheway Cup
26 May: Win the Le Riche Cup with a 3-0 win over Jersey Scottish

However, it is only the second time that a Jersey side has won all the silverware available to them - St Paul's won all six in 2009-10.

The record for a Channel island club is seven trophies, won by Guernsey's Sylvans in 1997.

"We have a group of players who have a desire to win like nothing I've ever seen before," Brannan added.

"When you're at a top club like St Paul's you're ambition is to be successful - to win all five trophies is what you aim for, that's the dream, but realistically it's a lot harder to achieve.

"In all honesty I'd thought my first year would be a tough task, but to do it is something special."

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