Jake Doree got the winner as Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club under-14 Athletic beat King’s Langley Reds to reach the Hertfordshire County Cup final
Jake Doree got the winner as Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club under-14 Athletic beat King’s Langley Reds to reach the Hertfordshire County Cup final.
AJ Chapman struck twice as the semi-final tie ended all square before Doree landed the decisive blow in extra time for a 3-2 success.
Athletic can now look forward to taking on Cheshunt in the final where they will be aiming to produce another excellent performance.
The under-10 Athletic side had their own knockout triumph as they saw off Cheshunt Youth Blacks 4-2 to reach the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Emerald Cup final.
There they will meet Welwyn Garden City after George Tyler bagged a brace, Oliver Millar scored with a brilliant header and Toby Ricketts also notched.
Another memorable semi-final victory was recorded by under-10 Wanderers over Harlow Town as they advanced to the MHRML Red Cup final.
Good defending by Samuel Crick helped keep it goalless at half time, before Ethan Hill’s goal was cancelled out by Harlow.
A stunning last-minute save by goalkeeper Freddie Barwise thwarted their opponents and took the tense tie to extra time.
There were no further goals in the additional 10 minutes so it went to penalties.
And Barwise pulled off another fine stop as Donal O’Connor, captain Frank Partridge and Tom Foden secured a 3-2 spot-kick success.
Under-12 United picked up 2-1 and 2-0 wins when they visited Stevenage Borough Silvers for a double header and returned to the top of MHRML Division Two.
Henry Hawkins put United ahead in the opening fixture with a deflected shot into the bottom corner.
Stevenage equalised with 10 minutes to go, but Jude Xavier grabbed the winner from man of the match Nathan Lachoo’s long throw.
And efforts from Callum Castle and Charlie Sacco secured the points for United in the second contest.
The under-12 girls preserved their unbeaten Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League record by battling back to draw 3-3 at Ware.
After being stunned by two early Ware goals, Stortford dominated possession and pulled one back with a fierce Anna Baros strike.
Player of the match Amy Lenihan, Ale Blanco, Gemma Beazley and Lola Anderson were all denied by the goalkeeper as the visitors piled on the pressure before conceding an unfortunate third.
Lenihan was rewarded for causing major problems down the right wing with a goal from a tight angle before Beazley, who could have had a hat-trick, hit a late leveller.
Three cracking goals earned under-16 Rovers a 3-2 win at Sawbridgeworth Reds in MHRML Division One.
Some nice ball juggling skills from Adam Blair-Park led to him scoring with a powerful volley to put his side in front, but Sawbridgeworth equalised quickly and the teams went in level at the break.
Rovers had the wind against them after the break and they gave an opponent too much space to head Sawbridgeworth into the lead, but that was their last slip.
They gradually gained the momentum and levelled matters with a magic moment from stand-in left-back and man of the match James Caldwell, who charged down the wing before finding the net with a long-range curler.
Rovers then won it as Will Hall and Charlie Fisher combined to tee up Blair-Park to volley in another peach of a goal.
Will Roads made it 17 for the season with under-18 Athletic’s goals in a 7-2 defeat to runaway Royston Crow League, Division One leaders Takeley Royals.
Albie Gifford also caused the table-toppers real problems while Jamie Martin marshalled the back three well.
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