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U18 Bostik Youth League - Match centre

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Potters Bar Town FC
Grays Athletic EJA
Sat 5 Jan 13:00 - Cup Full time

Bar win Semi Final

U18s beat Grays Athletic to reach AFA Final.

AFA Saturday Challenge Cup Semi Final match between Potters Bar Town U18s vs Grays Athletic EJA U18s.

The match was played in great spirit and contained some great goals and skills by both teams.

First half and PBT controlled possession and created a number of chances, but the Grays keeper was inspired and pulled off a string of superb saves to keep the game goalless, however eventually we found the net with an unstoppable shot. 1-0. Grays kept plugging away and looking to counter attack however our defence was solid until we gave the ball away in a challenge just outside their box and they broke quickly and the forward hit a great shot to equalise just before half time, with probably their first real attempt on goal. 1-1. Still time for a penalty shout by the home crowd but the decision was the defender just got the ball first. So 1-1 at half time.

Second half and we started again on front foot and quickly scored a second. 2-1. The third followed again with a great team goal. 3-1. Grays then put us under some pressure and started pushing more forward and deserved a 2nd that they got. 3-2. Changes of personnel was upsetting our rhythm a little but eventually after a 10 minute spell when we were not at our best we recovered our composure and scored again. 4-2. More missed chances as we tried to walk the ball in the net at times until we scored the last goal of the game to make the final score 5-2.

So with players unavailable due to injury and playing for County representative team we made it through to the Cup Final. All credit to our visitors both players and the management team today for make the match a great advert for U18 youth football. We would also like to thank the officials who also ensured the game was a great game to watch for both sets of supporters. We wish all the best for the rest of the season.

So the team have made the first final of the season and we look forward to that which I believe will be played in April. The opposition will be the winners of the other semi final that is being played next weekend between Balsham United vs Leatherhead FC.

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