U12 Win League & Cup Double
Horsley 1; Meadow Sports Youth 1 (aet)
Horsley win 5-4 on Penalties
Horsley U12s rounded off a fantastic season by winning the Surrey Primary League Cup against Meadow Sports Youth, securing a league & cup double!
The final was a tense affair played on a poor pitch at Ash United FC which hindered both teams. The first half saw no real clear cut chances for either team and ended 0-0. The large pitch (too big for 12 year olds) which was also very bobbly meant neither team could play any really decent football.
Horsley started the second half brightly and their first flowing move ended with the opening goal from Harry Springford. However, as they say you're at your most vunerable just after scoring and this proved to be the case when Meadow Sports equalised soon after. Horsley had another decent chance when good work on the right found Oli Spencer in the box but his shot was deflected wide.
It stayed level and the game went into extra-time. Horsley almost clinched the game twice at the death when firstly Ross Jenne put a difficult chance wide and with almost the last kick Luke Young couldn't quite get onto a ball that flashed across the six yard box as the defender did well to stop a tap in. So the game went to penalties.
Meadow Sports missed their first kick with the ball zipping wide off the post and gave Horsley an immediate advantage. Matthew Beaumont, George Smith & Owen Sears all scored but unfortunatley the reliable Sam Gatford struck the ball straight at the Meadow Sports keeper and so the shoot-out was now even. Ross Jenne scored Horsley's fifth spot-kick and so we went into sudden death. Meadow Sports scored and Lucas Catt-Camfield rifled his pentalty into the top corner. It was then over to keeper Ethan Martin who managed to deflect the next penalty onto the post and give Horsley the win and the usual celebrations erupted.
It was a close game settled in the most awful way if you loose but Meadow Sports should be proud of a good showing in the final.
The win secured a league and cup double for the under 12s who nearly managed to go the whole season unbeaten, only losing their final league match after the title had been won with two games to spare.
Well done to the entire squad; Jake Alexander; Charlie Anderson; Matthew Beaumont; Lucas Catt-Camfield; Sam Gatford; Thomas Gledhill; Ross Jenne; Sam Jones; Ethan Martin; Owen Sears; George Smith; Oli Spencer; Harry Springford; Luke Young and managers David Jenne & Matthew Young.