Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-10 Town beat Walkern Blues in Mid-Herts Rural Minors League, Orange Division Cup quarter-final
Charlie Regoli hit a hat-trick to help Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-10 Town come from 3-0 down to beat Walkern Blues 5-4 after extra time in a thrilling knockout tie.
They now have a Mid-Herts Rural Minors League, Orange Division Cup semi-final against Stevenage Borough Apaches to look forward to.
Town were well below par in the first half and trailed 3-0 at the break, but they showed tremendous character to make it all square after the restart.
Regoli scored a fine solo goal before giving the goalkeeper no chance with a stunning long-range free kick that went in off the bar.
With five minutes remaining, Regoli completed his treble with another strike from distance over the helpless shot-stopper.
Town went ahead in extra time when Zack Nicola scrambled the ball in after a mazy run and shot from Fergus Kirby, before the latter got on the score sheet himself by showing good composure to finish with his left foot following dogged work by Regoli.
A great Walkern goal made for a nervy finish, but Town could celebrate at the final whistle.
Under-10 Wanderers are also into the last four of the Red Division Cup thanks to a 2-0 success against Harlow-based Bocas.
Goalkeeper Freddie Barwise kept the hosts at bay in the first period while Luca Livermore and Tom Foden also defended for their lives.
It proved to be a game of two halves as Wanderers produced a more attacking display after the interval and Danny King and Ethan Hill got on the score sheet.
Anna Baros bagged a brace as the under-12 girls beat Harpenden 3-2 to make it eight wins out of eight in Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League, Division Three.
She finished neatly to open the scoring before slotting home from Amy Lenihan's accurate corner.
Harpenden pulled one back before half time, but Stortford continued to play well after the break as Lola Anderson, Lenihan and Hannah Cole linked up well while Gemma Beazley tested the goalkeeper on several occasions.
Cole extended the lead from long range and Ale Blanco also went close, but Harpenden did get a second and it needed good defending from Amber Owen and Abigail Jones and a great save by Freya Spittal to secure the victory.
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