Gonerby U14 triumph in YEL Trophy Final
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(Gonerby won 3-2 on penalties)
Gonerby YFC under-14s ended the season on a high when they travelled to Ilkeston Town FC to play Long Eaton United U14 in the Young Elizabethan League Saturday Trophy Final.
Having overcome Breaston Park in the semi-final, Gonerby were again up against another team playing in a higher division. Despite the long drive to Ilkeston and the early kick-off time, Gonerby quickly settled into the game and were the first team to create an opportunity score.
On a big pitch, the game began to open out with both teams having chances, but with Gonerby looking the more dangerous, particularly on the break.
A period of pressure down the left led to Kaden Wilson curling a shot into the Long Eaton net for Gonerby to take the lead at half-time.
The second half started with Gonerby still looking the more likely to score, but both sides were creating opportunities and both keepers were called on to make saves.
Long Eaton drew level in the closing minutes,and could have won the game in the final minute if not for a fine save by Gonerby keeper Riley Crompton which took the match to penalties.
With both sets of players looking exhausted, Gonerby finally lifted the trophy when Marcel O'Sullivan, Billy Pavelin and finally Fin Baker converted their penalties to give their side victory.
The Gonerby squad comprised Riley Crompton, Josh Bentley, Danny Yates, Riley Redford, Jack Johnson, Logan Smith, Jack Davies, Archie Carter, Mitchell Smith, Fin Baker, Kaden Wilson, Ben Pinder, Ed Brown, Joe Chilcott, Marcel O'Sullivan, Billy Pavelin and Ross Bingham (injured).