Winslow United U14 – 1
Risborough Rangers U14 – 1
Winslow win 4-1 on penalties
Winslow United won the Berks & Bucks U14 county cup on Sunday with a penalty shoot-out win over Risborough Rangers, despite trailing for a long period of the game, and being down to ten men for the last eleven minutes in which they saw two players carried off with injuries. The omens appeared against the Ploughmen from the start when Risborough disputed Winslow having goalkeeper Adam Gregory on loan in their side, demanding the player not play or abandon the fixture, forcing the United coaching staff to shuffle their pack and place Kelan Plumbridge in goal for the game.
The game opened fairly evenly, neither side really looking too much of a threat to either goal, the first chance for Rangers saw a free kick just inside the Winslow half thumped at goal by Madison Wilkin but Plumbridge was behind it all the way. A block in the Winslow defence saw the ball sit invitingly for Thomas Mussell to strike but the ball skidded wide of the right hand post from twenty yards out.
The first chance for Winslow came on eight minutes when Curtis Brown fed in James Matcham who drove at goal but was blocked by John Murtagh, the loose ball falling back for Brown who lifted over the crossbar. Winslow then won a free kick which Brown took responsibility for from twenty-five yards out, but he could only drive wide of Josh Stopps in the Rangers goal.
Risborough took the lead on twenty minutes, a ball into the Winslow box saw Antonio Iannelli get the better of Julian Atat and coolly slot past Plumbridge into the bottom corner. Winslow fought back, Arnold Canares tried his luck from long range but Stopps was behind it all the way, whilst at the other end Plumbridge had to get down low at his near post to stop a drive from Iannelli from the edge of the box. H/T: 0-1
Risborough had a header cleared away from the goal mouth early in the second period, and moments later Lestyn Porter curled a shot narrowly wide of the Winslow goal. Rangers were the bigger threat as the half progressed, looking more composed on the ball and livelier up front, Winslow struggled to get anything going up top.
A Rangers attack was half cleared by the United defence and the ball landed at the feet of Murtagh, he drove forward a good ten yards or so unchallenged but with little option in front of him he went for goal but dragged his shot across goal and wide.
Winslow then stunned their opponents by equalising with fourteen minutes left, George Hall received the ball just inside the Rangers box and curled around Stopps into the top corner. The goal sparked the Winslow team & support into life, and they attacked with some gusto, Brown drove at goal and his initial shot was saved by Stopps but the striker was quickest to the rebound and his attempted looping header bounced a yard or so wide of the post.
With eleven minutes left Winslow were rocked by a red card to Liam Greville, a challenge on the half way line was deemed as a high foot and the referee flashed the red card much to the dismay of the Winslow player. Winslow continued to press, Brown fed a delightful pass through to Hall but his first touch escaped him and Stopps was able to advance and smother at his feet.
A long range shot from Rangers then saw Plumbridge get his fingertips to push over the bar, and despite having two players helped from the pitch injured, the score remained level until the final whistle, leaving the final to be decided by penalties F/T: 1-1
Brown put Winslow ahead, whilst Archie Henderson fired wide for Risborough. James Young then doubled his sides lead, before Murtagh pulled one back for Rangers, Hall increased the lead and then up stepped Mussell who saw his fierce drive smash back off the crossbar. Lewis Cove stepped up to convert and win the cup for Winslow, by four goals to one.
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