In a repeat of the 2011 League Cup Final, Pendle Charity League Premier Division champions Sacred Heart met League Cup holders Trawden Venue in the Charity Shield at the XLCR Stadium in the opening match of the season.
Trawden Venue won the previous encounter 4-1 to lift the League Cup for the first time, but Sacred Heart avenged this defeat by winning 5-2 in a well-contested match which was excelently refereed by Noel McEvoy.
After a goal-less first half, Tom Swindells opened the scoring for Trawden Venue seven minutes after the restart with a breathtaking finish from well outside the area which gave Hearts’ goalkeeper David O’Donnell no chance.
Mark Aspinall equalised five minutes later with a header from a corner, and then Carl Ellerton gave Hearts the lead with a superb left-footed finish.
Venue struck back again, this time through Darren Bowden from a well-worked free kick as the game swung from one side to the other.
Hearts, however, finished the game strongly as first Joe Kelly gave his side the lead with a precise header from close range in the 80th minute before Carl Ellerton added his second with another well-executed finish five minutes from time.
Ben Whitaker completed the scoring in the dying minutes with a well-placed strike from the edge of the area.
Sacred Heart captain Joe Kelly is pictured receiving the Charity Shield from League Secretary Chris Hogan.