Dazzling performance from Drayton as they lift Sunday Junior Cup

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Drayton Dazzlers lift the Sunday Junior Cup
Drayton Dazzlers lift the Sunday Junior Cup
Drayton Dazzlers lift the Sunday Junior Cup
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Goals from Danny Shafiyan, Ben Hughes, Dillon Alexander & Owen Spooner sealed a 4-1 win for Drayton Dazzlers as they defeated Rockland United U19’s.

The game started with both sides battling to take control of the match early on in the first half, leading to a limited amount of clear cut chances.

Drayton began to slowly impose themselves on the game throughout the half, and broke the deadlock in the 41st minute through Danny Shafiyan’s close range effort after a goalmouth scramble. A corner was whipped in, with the ball falling kindly to the Dazzlers’ winger who made no mistake from inside the 6 yard box.

Drayton were eager to double their lead as we approached half-time, with Rockland goalkeeper James Argent pulling off two excellent saves from Shafiyan and Connor Charlesworth to keep the U19’s side in the match.

Half time: Rockland United U19’s 0 - 1 Drayton Dazzlers

Drayton came out in the second half much faster than Rockland United, with Ben Hughes doubling the Dazzlers’ lead by capping off a brilliant move. Centre forward Hughes flicked on a long ball before chasing it himself, powering past two of the United defenders before leaving goalkeeper James Argent helpless with a deft lob.

Rockland began to take more control of the game in a desperate attempt to get back into the game. The U19’s team started to look far more threatening in the final third, with Pav Myrcik’s wicked delivery going all the way through to the back post where Joe Sparry nodded home to reduce the deficit.

Drayton responded well and pegged Rockland back again just a few minutes later with a superb free kick from Dillon Alexander into the top right hand corner from twenty-five yards, to take all the wind out of United’s sails.

The Dazzlers then killed the game in the first minute of stoppage time when substitutes Mark Cornfield and Owen Spooner combined well down the right hand side, where the latter tapped home from 6 yards to seal the win for the Norwich side.

Final Score: Rockland United U19’s 1 - 4 Drayton Dazzlers

Line ups:

Rockland United U19’s: James Argent, Luke Custance, Joey Thompson (Capt.), Callum Crabb, Kyle Holmes, Pav Myrcik, Danny Shurey, Tom Clark, Ewan Ford, Luke Hutchinson & Jack Overton.

Subs: Callum Shurey, Elliot Clarke, Joe Spoerry & Robbie Scott.

Drayton Dazzlers: Aaron Tye, Kyle Goodey, Matthew Plane, Charlie Stansfield, Ryan Gilbertson, Benji Fulcher, Ben Frost, Dillon Alexander (Capt.), Ben Hughes, Connor Charlesworth & Danny Shafiyan.

Subs: Owen Spooner, Mark Cornfield, Jack Bligh, Ross Pantry & James Rickard-Beech.

Referee: Ady George

Assistants: Daniel D’Cruz & Andrew Wilson

Fourth Official: Bartosz Potrawski

Player of the Match: Callum Crabb (Rockland United U19’s)

Attendance: 254

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