theFDC – Field of Dreams - 24.11.18
Final Score: Norfolk U18’s
3 – 1 Isle of Man U18’s
Norfolk reach this year’s
FA County Youth Cup Quarter-Finals by beating Isle of Man by three goals to
started the game with a real desire to keep the ball and kept the Isle of Man
out of the game by playing the ball around. It was clear
to see early on that Norfolk wanted to play on the front foot and pressure the
Isle of Man goalkeeper.
the thirty-minute mark a low bouncing cross from Norfolk’s left was met by the
head of James Bemrose who put the ball over the bar, the best chance for either
team so far. Five minutes later Norfolk won a free kick on the left in the Isle of
Man defensive third. George Quantrell whipped a dangerous ball into the box and
the Isle of Man just managed to clear their lines with Norfolk looking
dangerous as the half was approaching its end.
pressure from Norfolk finally lead to the opening goal of the game when Josh
Ford launched a long throw into the opposition box. With the ball bouncing
around in the Isle of Man penalty area Emre Upston poked the ball home to give
Norfolk the lead just before the half time whistle.
Half Time – Norfolk U18’s 1-0
Isle of Man U18’s
With less than three minutes played in the
second half Norfolk were caught out when a shot from the edge of the area beat
Connor Milligan in the Norfolk goal causing the Isle of Man to draw level
The early second half goal
for the visitors received an instant reaction from the Norfolk boys when Bemrose
latched onto a through ball from the midfield. He used his pace to go round the
keeper and calmly slot the ball home, giving the boys in green the lead once
more just three minutes after the visitor’s goal.
The Isle of Man team didn’t give
up though and managed to force good saves from Connor Milligan, with the match
becoming very scrappy as each team often gave the ball away cheaply in pursuit
of another goal.
As we entered the final 15
minutes of the match the Norfolk team stepped up a gear and proceeded to really
threaten the Isle of Man defence, with the Islanders keeper pulling off three
incredible saves at full stretch in the space of five minutes to keep them in
Norfolk managed to put the
game to bed when a cross from Norfolk’s overlapping left back Brady Philpot
found the head of Bemrose who buried the ball into the net for his second goal
of the game.
The Draw for the
Quarter-finals will be made in early December with the match having to be
played by the 19th January 2019.
Final Score: Norfolk U18’s
3-1 Isle of Man U18’s
Norfolk U18’s: Connor
Milligan, Connor Bagley, Brady Philpott, George Quantrell, Josh Ford, Lewis
Johnson ©, Jordan Forbes, Owen Murphy, James Bemrose, Emre Upston, Daegan Watts
Gilding – Hewitt, Max Lane, Sam Tinkler, Cameron Wing, Reuben Lane
Isle of Man U18’s: Harry
Horbury, Dylan Wood, Lewis Bridson ©, Joel Ibanez, Jacob Crook, Jack Camarda,
Sid Batty, Sam Baines, Taylor Andrews, Jonny Quirk, Tom Chatel
Skelcher – Maxwell, Dan Smith, Harry Walters, Danny Lane, Adam Cooil
Hitchcox (St. Ives)
Stanley (St. Ives) and Aimee Keir (Spalding)
Player of the Match: Josh Ford
– Norfolk U18’s
Norfolk FA would like to thank Portable
Toilet Hire Specialists, Toilets+ for being the Official Squad Sponsor of the Norfolk
under 18 Representative Squad.