Stadium – Stoke - 14.04.18 KO 2:00pm
Score: Staffordshire U18’s 0 – 2 Norfolk U18’s
win this year’s FA County Youth Cup by beating Staffordshire after scoring two
second half goals.
Norfolk started brightly with plenty of
movement from their front men. A passage of good play down the left from Jimmy
Morrissey earned Norfolk a corner which they fired into the box. Norfolk was
unable to capitalise from this set piece as Staffordshire cleared the danger.
However this early period of play showed Norfolk’s attacking intent.
A poor clearance from Pardington in the
Staffordshire goal handed the ball to Ryan Miles 30 yards out. However his
forward pass was intercepted by Lewis Riley-Stewart meaning that this glorious
chance was wasted.
Staffordshire came into the game more as
the half progressed and began to threaten the Norfolk goal. Kieran Cook earned a free kick just inside
the Norfolk half which was then launched into the Norfolk box. A pop shot was
fired in at Billy Johnson by Staffordshire, but he was easily capable of
dealing with the effort.
Norfolk was glad to hear the half time
whistle after fending off numerous Staffordshire attacks towards the end of the
Time – Staffordshire U18’s 0-0 Norfolk U18’s
The second half started very differently to
how the first ended, Norfolk came out of the dressing room showing more passion
Norfolk became imaginative with their set
plays and a well-executed short corner caught Staffordshire out. This creative
corner routine from Norfolk allowed Archie Galley to get the ball in space at
the back post where he fired his shot just wide of the right post.
Norfolk got their throw-in specialist Josh
Ford to launch long throws into the box to apply further pressure on the
Staffordshire defense. This created multiple chances for Norfolk but they were
unable to capitalise unfortunately.
With less than 20 minutes to play Ryan
Miles decided to re-ignite Norfolk’s attack. He picked up the ball 10 yards
inside his own half and waltzed around two Staffordshire defenders to give him
room to shoot from the edge of the opponent’s box. However, his effort sailed
inches over the bar which was unfortunate as it would have been a goal of great
With 77 minutes played another corner was
whipped into the box with great speed. Lewis Johnson beat his man to the ball
at the front post and headed it home past the motionless goalkeeper. Norfolk
took the lead!
As we entered added time Ryan Miles showed
great pace to beat his man in the opposition’s box but was then brought down leaving
the referee no option but to point to the spot. He then stepped up and blasted
the ball into the net securing the victory for Norfolk.
Score: Staffordshire U18’s 0-2 Norfolk U18’s
U18’s: Jamie Pardington, Jamie Weldon, Ravel
Wallace, Levi Andoh, Lewis Riley-Stewart, Devid Neligna, Brad Sharman, Jordan
Dodd, Joseph Shirley, Kieran Cook, Jamie Elkes
Jakob Burroughs, Luke Mills-Fleming, Liam
Riley-Stewart, Hamza Namuq, Jack Weldon
U18’s: Billy Johnson ©, Charlie Hitch, Joshua Ford,
Daniel Pinheiro, Ray Urry, Lewis Johnson, Miles Palmer, Archie Galley, Ryan
Miles, Sam Dodden, Jimmy Morrissey
Bemrose, Isaac Burrage, Ismael Fatadjo, Liam Kindred, Patrick Pye
Referee: Neil Hair (Huntingdon FA)
Ollie Williams (Worcestershire FA) and Daniel
Simpson (Middlesex FA)
Official: Tom Reeves (Birmingham FA)
of the Match: Lewis Johnson – Norfolk U18’s
Norfolk FA would like to thank Portable
Toilet Hire Specialists, Toilets+ for being the Official Squad Sponsor of the
Under 18’s for the FA County Youth Cup Final.