COSTESSEY CROWNED U12 CHAMPIONS
Costessey Sports became the
winners of the 2019 High Altitude U12’s Cup last night after beating Reffley
Youth 2-0 at the FDC.
It was an exciting and competitive
final; however first half goals from Jacob Duffy and Lennon Thompson made
the difference on the night for Costessey.
started the game well, putting Reffley under pressure from the first whistle. Thompson
tested goalkeeper Cameron Seals early on with a well struck free kick which was
palmed away and then cleared to safety.
deadlock was broken early on when in the 8th minute Sonny Sistern
delivered a brilliant free kick into the Reffley box. Duffy met the ball with
an excellent header that looked destined for the bottom corner, and despite a
slight deflection from a Reffley defender, the ball evaded Seals and found its
way into the net.
were absorbing pressure well and continued to try and play out from the back
despite conceding. However Costessey were winning the midfield battle and
almost doubled their lead when Thompson put Captain Oliver White away down the
right, with the youngster’s cross finding its way through a crowded box and
back into the path of Thompson who shot wide.
had their best chance of the game when a throw in resulted in a long range
effort from Harvey Pightling which almost beat keeper Max Kirby. The stopped
stretched up to catch the ball but tipped it backwards, watching gratefully as
it bounced past the post.
doubled their as the half approached with some excellent play down the left
from Jack Cook saw him beat multiple players before side footing a pass across
the box for Thompson to slot across goal into the bottom right corner.
the stroke of half time Kyle Kelly almost put the game out of reach with a half
volley from outside the area. Seals made the save but couldn’t hold it, and
with the ball spinning back towards goal, did well to palm it off the line and
Half Time: Reffley Youth 0 – 2 Costessey
began the second half a lot more composed and began to take the game to
Costessey more. They had a good chance to get a goal back when Pightling
threaded Harrison Holland through to the right of the box, however the shot was
gathered comfortably by Kirby in the Costessey goal.
were in no mood to sit back and defend however, and moments later Sistern found
himself in some space just inside the area on the left had side and fired a
fierce shot towards goal. Seals showed excellent reflexes to not only stop the
shot but push the ball over the bar to safety.
both teams desperate to get the third goal of the game the play became
stretched with every player working tirelessly to win back possession. Neither
side could keep hold of the ball for long with White for Costessey and Holland for
Reffley as the stand out characters winning battles for their respective teams
in the heart of the pitch.
Banda made some mazy runs through the middle and down the right, he also had
some excellent touches and good link up play causing all sorts of problems for
a tired Reffley defence. Nevertheless every player continued to work tirelessly
to keep the Costessey attack at bay, buoyed on by Captain Finlay Hunter working
box to box.
Reffley committing more players forward, Costessey were able to counter as Seals
was called into action again to make a double save after Dylan Henry followed
up Rhys Woods effort.
the other end, Costessey’s Marley Reynolds was key in winning battles on the
floor and in the air as he had done all game, as Reffley threw all they had to
try and get a goal. As the final whistle loomed the King’s Lynn based outfit
looked to have run out steam, with every attack being thwarted by either the
Costessey back line or gathered by an alert Kirby in the net.
a short amount of stoppage time to play Costessey were able to see out the
remaining moments to become the first ever victors of the High Altitude U12’s
Full Time: Reffley Youth 0 – 2 Costessey
Thank you to our partners High
Altitude for sponsoring the 2019 U12's Cup, to find out more please
A big thank you to Dave Richardson of
Big Phat Photos for shooting the fixture, a full album of photos from this
fixture can be found here: po.st/U12sCupPhotos
Reffley Youth: Harvey Pightling, Cameron Seals,
Tommy Lee, Joseph Fowler, Charlie King, Finlay Hunter ©, Vinny Marchetti,
Presley Gilham & Aidan Billing.
Subs: Ryley Plumley, Harrison Holland.
Costessey Sports: Max Kirby, Lewis Andrews, Kyle
Kelly, Oliver White ©, Sonny Sistern, Jacob Duffy, Jack Cook, Lennon Thompson
& Marley Reynolds.
Subs: Max Voutt, Dylan Henry, Rhys
Woods, Ryan Banda.
Referee: Tom Rampling
Assistants: Sam Downing & Kian
Fourth Official: Will
Player of the Match sponsored by High
Altitude: Ryan Banda