Buckingham Athletic U18 – 10
Risborough Rangers U18 – 1
Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s breezed through their Berks & Bucks County Cup second round fixture with Risborough Rangers on Sunday, seven up by halftime the hosts tormented their guests with some free flowing football that saw two different hattrick scorers by half-time, in a performance that left the coaching staff all smiles ahead of another tough league fixture this week against Clanfield. Two goals within the opening ten minutes knocked the stuffing out of the young Rangers side which didn’t improve until after the halftime interval; they did restrict their opponents in the second half and scored a very late consolation to warm the hands of the parents on the side lines who had travelled with their team.
It took just four minutes for Buckingham to break the deadlock, Samy Aouati got down the right before crossing into the box where coming in at the back post Ethan White headed home. The goal calmed the Athletic side down allowing them to begin enjoying passing the ball around, the next move broke down high up the pitch but Kyran O’Dell seized to fire over the top, before Aouati again attacked the wing ahead of pulling the ball back across the area to White who forced Risborough keeper Thomas Roca to block for a corner.
The lead was doubled on ten minutes when an attack was halted inside the Borough box but with the ball loose no defender made any real effort to clear and O’Dell pounced to smash home. The Buckingham skipper then tried twice to get in on the act, lifting over the crossbar both times from twenty yards then from inside the box respectively, but the third duly arrived on eighteen minutes as Nathan Bell-Toxtle raced down the right to centre to the unmarked White who in front of goal simply could not miss.
Within ninety seconds the home side won a penalty when Bell-Toxtle was felled heading towards the byline by a clumsy challenge, O’Dell scored his second of the morning from the spot. The scorer then almost turned provider crossing from the wing to find defender Luke McEvaddy in front of goal but the bounce was unkind and at full stretch he could only lift over the top, the visitors then had a rare foray upfield resulting in Bradley Casley shooting from distance & forcing Athletic keeper Conor Ross down at his near post to make the save.
On thirty-one minutes it was five with the first hattrick of the game falling to O’Dell, Aouati down the right again losing his man before pulling back across the box to his colleague who fired into the far corner, within seven minutes it was six when Aouati himself got in on the act drifting past a defender and cutting into the area to side foot inside the near post. O’Dell then curled over from the corner of the eighteen yard area, but just four minutes before the break White completed his hattrick when he chipped over Roca after a great one-two with Bell-Toxtle. H/T: 7-0
Three minutes into the second half Buckingham added their eighth of the game, a free kick right on the corner of the box was floated in by captain Jacob Williamson and met at the back post by McEvaddy who tucked home. The home side continued to press, a ball played up to Alagie Swarray Deen saw him drop his shoulder to leave his marker behind, driving into the box he fired wide of the far post, closely followed by O’Dell feeding Swarray Deen inside the box but Roca bravely dived at his feet to smoother.
The ninth goal arrived on the hour mark when Swarray Deen had acres of space and plenty of time down the right to pick out the inch perfect cross into O’Dell who thumped his header home, the next chance saw a corner from Williamson swung in & O’Dell was inches away with a glancing header. Risborough almost shot themselves in the foot when trying to play out from the back, a pass that was never powerful enough to reach it’s intended target was pounced on by Swarray Deen but from close range he could only clip over the crossbar.
Williamson was unlucky when his effort from the edge of the area that seemed destined for the top corner saw a slight deflection take it away for a corner, whilst at the opposite end a rare poor Athletic clearance allowed Oliver Cay to shoot from eighteen yards but he could only drive straight at Ross. Another glorious then went begging for the hosts when Bell-Toxtle crossed from the flank which eluded Swarray Deen but found White whose shot was blocked on the line, instead of clearing a defender allowed White to regain possession & lay off to Williamson whose shot from twelve yards was well saved with both hands by the Rangers keeper.
With five minutes left Buckingham reached double figures when Swarray Deen collected the ball outside the penalty area where a couple of strides forward saw him thump home despite Roca getting his hands to it, Risborough then grabbed a late consolation when a right wing cross was too high for the blue shirts defending their box, on the turn Marcus Waterhouse connected first time to turn home past the Athletic keeper. F/T: 10-1
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