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U23s through to Intermediate cup final

17 Mar 2017

Final a 'great reward' for Cheshunt's young stars after coming from behind to win 2-1 on penalties

In an entertaining game at Theobalds Lane, the young ambers overcame Hertford & District League side Bengeo Trinity to reach the final of the Herts Intermediate Cup.

It was a tough test for Jeff Cross’ and Matt Spedding’s young side, who had played in the Ryman League Development only two days earlier.  “We started the game very brightly but failed to make our early dominance count.” said Jeff  Cross. “This was our 2nd game in 3 days so understandably the players started to tire a bit. We went then 1-0 down after a defensive mistake and with such a young team feared the worst. However, even though we were nowhere near our best, the boys showed a great resilience and determination to get back in to the game.”

A second half George Greene wonder goal cancelled out Bengeo’s first half opener to take the game to extra time. Cross added: “From where George was he probably should have shot left footed but his technique to curl it with the outside of his right boot was brilliant.”

A stalemate in extra time meant the game went to penalties. Lewis Key and Tariq Bakkali scored from the spot, with Aaron Bull providing the heroics between the sticks. “We always know that if a game goes to penalties we have a great chance because Aaron Bull our goalkeeper is a specialist” said Cross, before adding “It was also nice to see two 16 year old boys Lewis Key and Tariq Bakkali take responsibility and score the decisive penalties.”

“To have so many of the clubs youth team players coming through is absolutely fantastic. The final is a great reward for all the players’ hard work this season and we are really looking forward to it.”

Well done to the young Ambers, who face AFC Oakland in the final. Keep posted for details.

Cheshunt: Bull, Spearman, Lal, Ibekwe, Kisby, Teferi, Lowe, Warman (c), Bakkili, Kukoyi, Naylor Subs: Cross, Key, Smith, Green, Cage

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