Action involving Selsey Seals, Midhurst and Easebourne, Chi City Colts and Barnham Trojans feature in this week’s youth football round-up.
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Selsey Seals 1 Midhurst & Easebourne 1 (Selsey won 4-2 on pens)
Selsey bounced back after losing to the runaway leaders of C division and having a week off by beating Midhurst & Easebourne of the A league in the cup in a close encounter at the Academy.
Selsey allowed a soft goal to be scored by Midhurst which was well-finished by their striker but it was a well-balanced game between the two sides with Selsey striving to get back on even terms.
Midhurst had several chances with Jones in goal making a couple of outstanding saves to keep Selsey in touch. With ten minutes to go a change up front finally saw Selsey find reward for their hard work.
A tackle from Devlin in midfield led to the ball breaking to Grocott, whose through-ball found Ayling to slot beyond the keeper.
Outstanding work by Trumper, Darby-Ryan, Montague, Tomkins and Drain at the back were keeping chances for M&E to a minimum.
The midfield of Devlin, Grocott, Ayling, Hains and Sherlock kept winning loose balls, with Kidwell battling hard up front to pick up any pieces.
Extra-time brought a few chances at each end, so it went to penalties.
Selsey scored their four with Montague, Ayling, Grocott and Kidwell giving the away keeper no chance, and Jones made a save to ensure Selsey ran out winners.
This was a great game of football which neither team deserved to lose and a special mention tgoes o M&E for their sportsmanship and conduct.
Lancing 4 Chi City Colts 1
An early goal from Lancing put the Colts on the back foot from the start. Despite a great run from George Purvis and a good save from Theo Perrin, the Colts were 2-0 down by half-time.
The second half started strongly with a goal from Harry Angell and some good defensive play by Harry Dobinson. However the game ended with a 4-1 loss by the Colts.
Barnham Trojans 2 Worthing Utd 0
The Trojans won the game but the highlight was the pre-match line-up in which both teams respected the 100-year anniversary of the Christmas Truce and the game of football during World War I.
The scorers were Liam Brady and Tom Barton.
Peacehaven Youth 2 Chichester City Colts 3
Colts are in the semi-finals of the county cup after marking a 100-mile round trip to Peacehaven Youth with a last-eight victory.
City started in fantastic fashion and were one up after only 96 seconds when James Nicol’s pass was headed over the on-rushing Peacehaven keeper by Liam Craddock.
From a free-kick Colts keeper Sam Williams had to be at his best to dive to his right and push the ball round the post.
Peacehaven levelled on 19 minutes when the impressive Beau Langan cut in from the right before unleashing a thunderous effort that flew into the top corner.
On 24 minutes, Peacehaven didn’t let up and on 24 minutes they were in front when a neat exchange of passes lead to Callum Edwards side-footing past the on-rushing Williams.
The Colts defence of Jones, Rochester, Simmons and Hamblin were being tested and they were thankful to Williams for the save of the game, throwing himself at a forward’s feet taking the ball full on in the face.
Colts came out a different side for the second half and Tom Main’s fancy footwork saw him upended in the box with the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Taylor Parker’s kick was superbly saved.
Peacehaven’s Langan was denied by a superb Taylor Rochester challenge.
After tactical changes, Toby Evans played a perfect pass through to Parker who outpaced Charlie Rocks in the heart of the Peachaven defence to score his 24th goal of the season.
The winning goal came in the 66th minute when Evans executed a brilliant diagonal crossfield pass into the stride of Liam Craddock, who calmly lifted the ball over the advancing Peacehaven keeper.
Rochester was voted man of the match.
COLTS: Williams, Jones, Hamblin, Rochester, Simmons, Nicol, Parker, Evans, Craddock, Angell, Parker, Main, Watkins, Newton.