Under 13`s Lads fly the flag
By Ron Hodkin
Lads through to quarter finals
Lancashire County Cup 4th round
AFC Monton`s under 13`s side advanced into the quarter finals of this years Lancashire County Cup with a mature performance against a strong Bamber Bridge outfit. On a surprisingly decent surface at Brookhouse playing fields but in extremely difficult conditionsthe team looked determined to ensure they would stay in this cup from the very first whistle.
The game was well contested from the start and with the referee happy to blow his whistle for any minor infringement both sides struggled to settle into any kind of rhythm. However, Monton began to take control of the game after ten minutes and Bamber began to struggle to get out of their own half. Monton took the lead on twenty minutes, Oscar Alexander slotting calmly into the bottom corner after a bit if a scramble in the Bamber box. Oscar made it two to the home side on thirty three minutes after a simply exquisite through ball from Jack Devine was latched onto by a feisty Lewis Gardner who then delivered an early inch perfect cross though to Oscar who snapped up the chance with aplomb at the back post. The referee continued to have a no-nonsense approach to proceedings and both teams went into half time having had a player booked.
The second half saw Monton continue to dominate but Bamber were not for giving in and the lads had to continue with their high work rate in order to maintain their dominance in the game. Bamber were struggling to cut out some accurate and quick Monton passing and their frustration resulted in another yellow card. This Monton squad has depth and the fresh legs and excellent passing from Blaze O`Brien, Lucas McLaughlin and Abdul Elmorabet allowed Monton to keep the pressure on the opposition and the tie was pretty much sewn up on fifty eight minutes after a truly sublime lobbed finish from Shaun Dawson nestled in the Bamber goal. The away side were given an opportunity to get one back with five minutes to go when the referee pointed to the penalty spot ( both ourselves and the opposition are still not quite sure why it was awarded! ). The Monton keeper Billy O`Hanlon chose the right way and almost emulated his winning penalty save from the previous round, but the spot kick was accurate and powerful and found the back of the Monton net.
A great balanced and determined performance from the team. The opposition`s Managers choice of our man of the match was Shaun Dawson. Our Coaches man of the match was awarded to Jack Devine.
AFC Monton will now play Holker Old Boys in the quarter final at Brookhouse playing fields on Sunday 6th December 2015 kick off 11.00am. Steve Openshaw