The weather held good for the annual Amateur FA Youth Cup Finals Day, with the rain holding off until the final trophy had been presented.
Our hosts, The Norsemen Club, did a first-rate job as always, providing good quality pitches after a wet week and excellent back-up facilities and support. Well done to them.
All of the Finals were keenly contested, with several very close and two going to penalties. Below is a round-up of the results.
Kentish Town Youth Football Trust 3-1 Winchmore Hill Youth
Winchmore Hill had taken the lead with a spectacular 20 yard shot before Kentish Town staged a fightback to emerge worthy winners.
Norsemen 7-2 Bealonians
A very good Norsemen side stormed ahead early and were 6-0 ahead at half-time, with Conor Corbett - who scored four goals - outstanding. However, Bealonians showed remarkable character to come back in the second half and displayed their skill and endeavour.
Risden Wood Colts 2-0 Pro Touch SA 2004
A very tight game between two good sides, which Risden Wood just edged.
Alexandra Park Youth North 3-4 Pro:Direct Academy BXB
A good Pro:Direct side were coasting at 4-1 before a spirited fightback from Alexandra Park almost took the game to extra-time.
Alexandra Park Youth East 1-1 Grays Athletic Youth EJA (Penalties 4-5)
Two very evenly matched sides fought out a 1-1 draw after extra-time before Grays Athletic finally triumphed in the penalty shootout.
Alexandra Park Youth North 0-0 Herongate Athletic (Penalties 9-8)
These sides were so evenly matched that it took until the last and 22nd kick of the penalty shootout before the Alexandra Park ‘keeper rifled home the winner. It was an excellent match; played between two good sides.
The Amateur FA would like to place on record its thanks to the following match officials, who did an excellent job on the day:
Jay Knight, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Zak Demetriades, Jonathon Dixon, Terry Dawkins, David Williams, Newton Gordon, Gareth Dace & Pasquale Acierno.
Thanks also go to the AFA officials who were on hand to present the trophies:
Les Barnes, Keith Betts, Chad Choudhury, Steve Constantine, David Dunn, Ray Holmes, Jason Kilby & Geoff Salmon.
The Amateur FA’s Saturday Youth Cup Finals Day takes place at Kew Association FC, Ham Playing Fields, on Saturday 21 April 2018.