U17 cup semi final report.
WITHDEAN BOOK TICKETS TO FINAL AS THEY SEE OFF LINGFIELD IN SEMI'S.
Today was going to be the test for us. It was going to test how far we have come as a team, how much we want it and if we were good enough to be in a cup final.
The Withdean convoy headed north on a cold frosty morning to a Lingfield side that sat mid table in the league above, a well set up club that offered a warm welcome.
The game was underway and we started on the front foot, we looked up for it, we wanted this final. We were playing the ball around and looking good. Lingfield struggled to cope with us and didn't have any early impact on the game.
Our early domination saw us create chances but we failed to score, until Goodsell found himself with the ball at his feet in the box, he lifted his head to see Fitzgerald, who has acres of space. He squares the ball and Fitzy side foots into an empty net, continuing his fine goal scoring form. 1-0, long way to go.
The midfield partnership of Guille and Rowley were making us tick, one throwing themselves into tackles, winning the ball back whilst the other spraying the ball about with ease. Our wingers, Fitz and Bendu caused the Lingfield defence all sorts of problems but the second goal we needed to get ourselves a cushion and one step closer to the final wasn't coming in the first half.
Bourne came closest as our captain rose highest from an inswinging Guille corner, only to find his effort smashing into theAt the break weintroduced Williams, who went over on the left and was str into the pace of the game, working well with Bartlet who was having a solid semi final.
We stopped Lingfield from creating anything that really troubled us. Our defence stayed strong throughout, and the old partnership of Roose and Scott was looking better than ever.
We kept our foot on the pedal, and after a few more missed chances we finally got our second. We won a free kick in our own half, Rowley saw the situation early and drove a ball straight down the middle, over Lingfields lagging defence that landed on Goodsells toe. He took one touch the rolled it under the keeper to make it 2. 20 minutes to go, don't concede and we're there.
Lingfield didn't go down without a fight and applied some late pressure. A few good saves were needed from Knight but he looked comfortable and everything stuck, as it has all season.
Vardy, Davies, O'neil and Jones were all introduced, to give fresh legs and to make sure we got this one over the line, we saw the game out effectively and if I'm honest we never looked in doubt. A cup final, a clean sheet and another win on grass. Couldn't ask for much more.
A great achievement lads, roll on the final.
Man of the Match: a player who has been on fire all season but today he put in an unselfish performance. He worked hard for the team, he got kicked, took a few knocks but still cracked on. He created one and scored one. Reagan top class today mate.