YOUTH FOOTBALL: Barrowby battle through to cup final after penalty shoot-out

Barrowby Magpies under-12s players and coaches.
Barrowby Magpies under-12s players and coaches.
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U12 Newark League Cup

Semi-final

Barrowby Magpies 1

Ancaster 1

(Ancaster won 6-5 on penalties)

These two local teams met for the third time this season and, with the home side fielding a team without any substitutes, it was always going to be a tough encounter.

Ancaster set the tone from the outset with determination throughout and it was they who scored first, Thomas showing speed on the left wing and superbly beating two players. He put a low ball into the box which was neatly finished by Harrod.

It took a while for Barrowby to settle but the passes started to flow and Barrowby skipper Polzin played French in on goal. French rounded the keeper but he tripped the striker as he went past. The referee’s decision was an easy one and French dispatched the penalty calmly to draw the scoreline level.

Page was swirched into defence to help handle Ancaster’s pace but also supported attacks well. Page also went close with a fine through-ball from Owen, just toeing the ball wide of the upright.

With the half time score at 1-1, the second half became more stretched as both teams searched for a winner. Poole, once again at centre half, used his strength to help protect the Barrowby goal.

Both keepers handled well with everything thrown at them, Temple-Fielder distributing well and taking control of risky situations.

The game finished 1-1 and without extra time it was straight into a nervy penalty shoot-out.

Magpies have experienced penalties before, losing last year’s final in such a manner. And on this occasion their experience probably made the difference.

Whilst Ancaster’s penalties were too good for Temple-Fielder, he was one of several who scored an all important penalty, along with French, Lockton, Polzin and Poole.

With the shoot-out at 6-6, an Ancaster miss provided Barrowby with a chance. Up stepped Owen who placed the ball to the keeper’s right. The goalie got a hand to it but could only palm it up into the net which resulted in much jubilation for the greens of Barrowby.

Barrowby Magpies now meet Warriors from Newark, the two top league teams in the league, in what promises to be a mouth-watering cup final.