BBFA CC; Buckingham Athletic U18 5-0 Moretonville U18

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 5

Moretonville U18 – 0

Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s put the ghosts of Thursday evenings FA Youth Cup exit to rest with a comfortable in the end win over local neighbours Moretonville, although it did take almost half an hour to find the net before the gates then opened and the hosts scored three in five minutes to kill off the tie. With squad rotation exercised to give everyone minutes, Athletic manager Dan Turney saw his side progress into the next round on a warm sunny morning at Stratford Fields, and with four different goal scorers a useful work out as the club continue to build with their new squad.

Early on Athletic full back Kyran O’Dell found some space to the left hand side of the Moretonville area but could only chip straight into Tom Amies gloves, whilst at the other end Tom Fielding had two runs down the right channel, his first effort straight at home custodian Conor Ross whilst he followed up by brushing the side netting. Just past the quarter hour mark a long ball upfield saw Ethan White away on goal, as Amies advanced the striker went for the lob but saw the ball land on top of the netting.

White was then denied by the legs of Amies shortly after, before connecting sweetly with a cross from the left but his volley was straight into waiting gloves again. An away attack was halted deep inside the Buckingham half and the ball played up to Elton Anning on halfway, he sent O’Dell away down the wing where he lost his marker and crossed where White again on the volley drove past the keepers left hand post, and a throw to the hosts found Emmanuel Ndlovu who curled inches wide from twenty yards.

Athletic continued to press looking the more likely to score, O’Dell again exploiting some freedom down the left and his cross was met inside the six-yard box by Nathan Bell who volleyed wide, before Buckingham finally got their goal on twenty-eight minutes, the ball fed out to White just outside the corner of the area where his perfectly executed shot dipped over Amies and inside the far post. Moments later White again caused chaos in the area having two shots saved by the keeper, the third rebound saw O’Dell sandwiched between two defenders and the referee point to the spot.

Moretonville pay the penalty!

O’Dell picked himself up to despatch into the bottom corner and just two minutes later it was game over when Anning burst forward with the ball and losing his marker he coolly despatched into the bottom right hand corner. A corner then from Jacob Williamson saw several bodies attack the ball but climbing highest Bell headed over, before another cross from the left saw White volley wide, and the final action of the half saw another corner headed wide by Bell. H/T: 3-0

An early corner after the break saw a Williamson shot blocked, the follow up then flashed wide by Bell ahead of some nice passing football down the Athletic left that saw Anning square the ball across to Jake Anderson-James who from eighteen yards crashed the ball back off the crossbar. On fifty-seven minutes the hosts won their second penalty of the day when a ball over the visitor’s defence saw Anning in again but he was nudged in the back and went down, picking himself up he saw his spot kick saved but followed up to slot past the stranded Amies.

Buckingham were now comfortable and knocking the ball around enjoying their game, a decent one-two saw Bell receive the ball back from Alagie Swarray Deen only to fire over the top, and another fine pass and move exercise culminated in Williamson curling just past the post. With five minutes remaining another corner to the home side again saw a mass of bodies go up and the ball fell nicely for Samy Aouati to sweep home. F/T: 5-0

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Dan Turney to gather his thoughts on this game, and look back at the FA Youth Cup defeat at Welwyn last Thursday: 

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