Yate Town 10-0 Leckhampton Rovers
U18s cruise into GFA Shield semis
Yate were immediately into their stride and Joe Shutt slammed an effort off the outside of the post, before collecting the ball, jinking into the area and planting his shot low into the corner of the net. A build-up on the right through Dan Dempsey allowed Gianni Porcara to make space to fire in the second goal from the edge of the D, off the right hand post.
Shutt slipped a short pass into Tom Wookey, up in support from defence, for him to take a touch and delicately flick the ball over the advancing Leckhampton keeper for 3-0, and this was followed by a surge through midfield by Sam Knight, who fed Shutt and he calmly slotted in his second, and the fourth for the home side.
Before the break, a great ball over the right back picked out Porcara. His cutback enabled Luke Henderson to tuck away the chance from 10 yards out and Yate were five to the good, after pretty much complete domination.
Early in the second period, the hosts executed a very clever set-piece, after an injury stoppage. Shutt called Porcara across for the corner, touched the ball lightly and sped into the box. Porcara then immediately ran with the ball in towards goal as a bemused away defence didn’t react. The delivery from close in reached the far post, where Dylan Evans netted.
A rare break for the visitors saw their player take the ball into our box, but support for him was lacking and Alfie Walker shepherded the danger away. The away side kept their heads up, but the greater pace, ball playing and understanding of the hosts was telling, and Leckhampton noticeably tired as the half progressed.
Dempsey picked up a pass out wide, skipped a tackle and crossed to the far post for Henderson to bag his brace, before a succession of blocked Yate shots ended with the ball sitting up nicely for Joey Martin-Tulloch to stab in the eighth score.
Henderson claimed his hat-trick after springing the offside trap and chipping the keeper, who got a hand but couldn’t prevent the goal. Fair credit is due to the away stopper who had put in a fine shift, and pulled off half a dozen excellent saves. Finally, Kieron Kay drove in the last score at the second attempt, after rounding the keeper.
Yate did a professional job on their counterparts from the Cheltenham Youth League, and now progress to an away semi-final in 3 weeks’ time against Cribbs FC