Local youth football round up

PUBLISHED: 19:05 24 February 2014

Saffron Walden youth football round up

U12

Plantation 2 Baldock Town 2

Plantation began brightly, but then fell behind to a breakaway goal after five minutes.

Dan Joannou equalised shortly afterwards with a well struck shot from the edge of the area. Baldock regained the lead against the run of play after 20 minutes and only a great save from Plantation keeper Bradley Jones prevented them extending their lead in the final minute of the first half.

Toby Salmon sent Harry Dorrian clear of the Baldock defence to equalise 10 minutes after the break.

Despite both teams going close to a winner, they had to settle for a point apiece, but it needed another Jones save to deny Baldock grabbing the win in the dying seconds

U13

Arlesey Town Youth Blues 2 Plantation Youth 7

A first half-hat trick from Ollie Newman set Plantation on their way to a comfortable victory at Arlesey.

Newman’s first, on 12 minutes, saw him react quickly to a goalkeeping error and fire home from a tight angle.

A pinpoint pass from Matt Thomas on the left set up Newman for a comfortable finish for his second and the third came just two minutes later when Adam Whitehead turned provider, sweeping in a cross from the right for Newman to slot home from close range.

On the stroke of half-time Josh Bates’ valiant effort to keep out a long range shot almost succeeded but the pace on the ball forced it over the line to make the score 3-1 to the visitors.

The second half was just three minutes old when Matt Bloyce confidently drilled home a penalty low to the keeper’s right following a foul on Max Halls.

Arlesey hit back again with a break down the left to grab a second after 57 minutes before Louis Eady grabbed a hat-trick.

His first strike came on 49 minutes to make it 5-2. The second, a 57th minute volley from distance following a defensive error was soon followed by the third, deep into injury time, when he outpaced the home defence to fire in from the left.

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