We staged two of our Youth Cup Finals on a very damp Sunday last on Bedfont Sports FC’s new 3G playing surface. We are grateful to Bedfont Sports for the use of their constantly developing facilities and for their excellent hospitality.
The first match of the day, the Under 13 Final, was an extremely well contested and entertaining affair between Staines Town Juniors and Hanwell. The two teams were very evenly matched and could only be separated, after 90 minutes of explosive action, at the sudden death stage of a penalty shoot-out.
Hanwell had the better chances early in the match, with Dillon Raikovic prominent in attack. He made a good run up the right but hit his shot wide. However, Dillon’s approach work set up the first goal in the 9th minute, Ildis Beqiri converting from close range.
A weaving run by Kwame Adjei finished when he was brought down outside the penalty box. The resultant free kick by Connor Doona was deflected over the crossbar by the defensive wall. Miller Lewis was fouled in a wide position and took the free kick, which was headed out from under the bar.
Staines Town had their first direct shot on goal in the 22nd minute, a low drive by Rylee Wright, which was well saved by Ollie Gordon. They retained the initiative and created more chances. Rylee charged down a clearance by James Leonard but the ball was fielded by the keeper as he followed up. Bailey Jefferies released Rylee, who crossed for Ruben Doe to shoot narrowly wide.
As the half time interval approached Ollie Gordon made further saves from Lewis Kean and Rylee Wright.
Half time score: Staines Town Juniors 0 Hanwell 1
Hanwell briefly regained the initiative after the break and forced 2 corners in rapid succession. Then Miller Lewis drove just wide from a good central position.
However, Staines Town equalised 5 minutes into the half, when Rylee Wright broke clear and crossed for Ruben Doe to score.
Hanwell hit back. Ildis Beqiri won the ball and ran from halfway with it, only to be dispossessed at the last moment. Ildis drew a good save from the keeper after being set up by Dillon Raikovic and then almost immediately hit the crossbar.
Hanwell regained the lead in the 15th minute of the half through Christian St Louis, whose low drive went in off of the post despite a valiant despairing dive by Regan Forbes.
They held this lead for 6 minutes, until Rylee Wright was brought down just outside the corner of the Hanwell penalty area. George Wallace hit the free-kick high into the net to equalise again.
Staines Town finished the second half on top. The dangerous Rylee Wright netted but was adjudged to be offside. He unleashed a fierce drive which Ollie Gordon palmed over the bar and then he went on a run, breaking through two tackles before he was stopped.
Score after 70 minutes normal time: Staines Town Juniors 2 Hanwell 2
Although both sides continued to manufacture chances, no further goals came in the 20 minutes extra time. Dillon Raikovic was twice thwarted by good stops by Staines custodian, Regan Forbes. He also narrowly missed with a shot across the face of the goal. For Staines, Rylee Wright went close with a header from Lewis Kean’s free kick.
Score after extra time: Staines Town Juniors 2 Hanwell 2
The first 4 kicks of the penalty shoot out failed to produce a score. Kai Zini (Hanwell) and George Wallace (Staines) both had their shots saved. Then James Leonard cleared the Staines bar with his kick and Ollie Gordon made another save, this time from Lewis Kean.
The penalty takers then found their touch and the next 6 kicks were all converted. Kwame Adjei (Hanwell) demonstrated how it should be done with an unstoppable low shot into the corner of the net. Miller Lewis and Dillon Raikovic were also successful for Hanwell as were Max Edwards-Warrener, Finn Hamsher and Rylee Wright for Staines Town.
So, we went to sudden death. Connor Doona (Hanwell) and Ruben Doe (Staines) both scored, as did Ildis Beqiri (Hanwell) and Bailey Jefferies (Staines).
Christian St Louis (Hanwell) started the 8th set of kicks by scoring but the unfortunate Freddie Robbins hit his kick wide.
Penalty shoot out score: Hanwell 6 Staines Town Juniors 5
The Guest of Honour, Middlesex FA Council Member Annette Sennett presented the medals and trophy after the match. Annette named Staines Town striker, Rylee Wright as Player of the Match. A very good choice!
The game was very well controlled by referee Ricky Ansher and his team.
The attendance was 140.
STAINES TOWN JUNIORS
Regan Forbes, Isa Ismail, Lewis Kean, George Wallace, Finn Hamsher, Charlie George, Freddie Robbins, Ruben Doe, Max Edwards-Warrener, Arthur Hartley-Matthews and Rylee Wright.
Substitutes: (repeat substitutions are used in this competition) Bailey Jefferies, James Brooker and Damel Pugh.
Manager: Philip George Assistant Manager: Rob Kean
Ollie Gordon, Christian St Louis, Jared Amofo, Kwame Adjei, Kai Zini, Elliot Johns, James Leonard (capt), Miller Lewis, Ildis Beqiri, Dillon Raikovic and Connor Doona.
Substitutes: Ibrahim Sow, Kyle Blackwood, Jack Mars and Oliver Kavanagh.
Manager: Nathan Fearon
Referee: Ricky Ansher Assistant Referees: Junior Adeboye and Mark Sennett Fourth Official: Brandon Myers,
Photos from the game can be found via the link below, courtesy of matchday photographer Chris Benn.