Newhall U18 Lions Youth (5) v Doveridge Blue U17 (5)
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Date filed: 24 Sep 2012
Played: 23rd September 2012
3-3 at Full Time, 5-5 AET, Newhall win 5-3 on penalties!
The magic of the cup!
A wet and windy Ramscliffe Avenue played host to what can only be described as the game of the season so far. Lions Youth hosted Doveridge Red looking to get some revenge on the opening league game defeat inflicted by their opponents a couple of weeks ago.
The match started in a similar vein to that first encounter with Newhall starting the fresher in the first 20 mins. Lots of possession and great pressure on the opposition paid off midway through the first half with Newhall taking the lead after a great move from defence to attack and a fine finish from Josh Beech. The lead was doubled before half time after some spirited defending and a chip through from Jonty found Josh again and his cross shot flew into the back of the net.
This was nothing less than the lads deserved at half time after not getting the rub of the green in their first 2 league games. Everything was starting to click and with the same intent they finished the first half with Lions extended their lead early in the second half when MacCauley Lucas kept going and going down the left flank and was richly rewarded when the opposition keeper spilled his initial effort back into his path and he was able to tuck it away into the empty net.
At this point the match looked to be turning into a rout but Doveridge quickly replied with a well worked goal from a cross from the right met with a decent header that left Kieran with no chance, 3-1 to Newhall.
The next 20 mins ebbed and flowed and then Doveridge gave themselves a life line with a scrappy goal from a set piece that bounced in off the crossbar. This setup a nail-biting last 15 mins and just when it looked as though the Lions would see the game out, a searching punt into the box was met with a lucky boot that trickled into the net, 3-3 at fulltime.
Extra Time – with the weather showing no signs of improving, Doveridge took the early initiative scoring quickly in the first period but the game turned in the second half with a Doveridge own goal after good work from Callum HC and Dan Worthington. That was quickly followed by Doveridge sneaking into the lead again, 5-4 Doveridge.
The spirit showed by all 16 players was tremendous and they continued to fight hard and battle for every ball resulting in Newhall winning a free kick about 25 yards outside the box. With us throwing caution to the wind and packing the penalty area with players, Reece Gilliver smashed the free kick into the top corner of the net to force the tie to penalty kicks.
Newhall went first and the first 3 kicks from each team were scored with good finishes coming from Stiggy, Simran & Josh Beech. Callum HC then scored the fourth and then the fourth Doveridge taker slid his shot past the post. This left Jonty to fire home the winner and the players went mad, as if they had won the cup itself!
Huge congratulations from Martyn and myself, massive thanks to the drenched supporters for sticking with us for nearly 2 ½ hours and, of course, a titanic effort from all the lads who can be proud of their performances in difficult weather today:
Players: Kieran White, Clinton Hurst, Josh (Tails) Taylor, Richard Smith, Aston Cox, Simran Punia, Reece (Mini) Gilliver, Steven (Stiggy) Burke, MacCauley Lucas, Lewis (Jonty) Johnson, Josh Beech, Dan Worthington, Jamie Allen, Callum Harrison-Collier, Ryan Sharp & Luke Williams
Up the Newhall on the way to the Quarter Finals!
Comment on this report
Sounds like a amazing game, you can't beat a cup game
well done !
28 Sep 2012 20:36
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