Young Magpies Romp into League Cup Final with Convincing Victory
By Nicola Boniface
Return to winning form sees U18 showdown vs Flackwell Heath at Windsor on May 8th
MUFC Youth: Fred Chapman, Kam Gardner, James Dirkin, Lewis Pegg, Luke Wayborn, Ben Mulley, James Henry, Brad Keetch, Brad Farren, Lewis Boniface, Reece Smith. SUBS (all used): Jaden Sharman, Sam Street, Brandon Curtis, Tommy Boyd, Sam Phelps
Monday evening saw the young Magpies reach the final of the Allied Counties Youth League Cup Final, with a convincing win against local rivals Binfield.
This was the third meeting between the two sides this year with Maidenhead winning the first encounter & Binfield scoring a late penalty in a 2-2 draw.
This game didn’t fail to deliver and was a well-contested match between two sides who gave their all until the very end.
The deadlock was broken on 19 minutes when James Henry received the ball from Fred Chapman, before nutmegging a Binfield player and playing a well-sighted pass to Brad Farren, who finished well past the on-rushing goal keeper.
7 minutes later Maidenhead doubled the lead when Brad Keetch played a great through pass to Lewis Boniface whose superbly timed run was matched by a cool side foot finish.
HALF TIME: 0-2
The second half started quickly with both sides going close and Fred Chapman being called into action. He made some good saves to keep his clean sheet intact.
After 56 minutes some great work on the left hand side saw Lewis Boniface bearing down on goal, he could have doubled his own tally but instead unselfishly played a square ball to Brad Farren who stroked the ball into an empty net.
Both teams made substitutions with a third of the game remaining, which slowed the game down. However, Chapman was called into action and stood up to whatever the Binfield forwards threw at him.
With 6 minutes remaining an exquisite reverse pass from Brad Keetch sent Brad Farren through for his hat trick and he rounded the keeper to score his third of the night, and Maidenhead's fourth.
A minute before the end of normal time Sam Phelps went on a strong run down the Maidenhead left and played a ball across the face of goal which was turned into his own net by the unlucky Binfield defender attempting to clear the ball.
FULL TIME: 0-5
Youth Manager Christian Parker had the following to say after the game.
"We set the boys some targets and objectives tonight which they stuck to for the full 90 minutes. It was good to see us back to the levels we were in October and November during our FA Youth Cup run. To go away from home, score 5 and keep a clean sheet is very pleasing, and something the boys should be very proud of. We now face a talented Flackwell Heath side in the final next Wednesday (8th May) in what will be a very tough but entertaining game. It would be great to see as many Magpies fans there as possible to support the young Magpies of the future."
CUP SEMI FINAL:
Venue: Stag Meadow, Windsor SL4 3DR
Gate: £4 adult and £2 concessions. U 16s with an accompanying adult free