It’s been a season to remember for Chichester City’s two under-18 sides - read about their latest exploits here, along with the rest of the youth football.
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Horsham Sparrows 0 Chichester City Colts 1
This long-awaited Challenge Cup semi-final was finally played in glorious weather following ten weekends of trying to fulfil the fixture.
Colts had three key players missing, including their keeper, but defender Charlie Dodd excelled between the sticks as stand-in as he and the Colts’ defence kept Horsham at bay after Colts had gone 1-0 up after just ten minutes.
Colts had a slice of luck with their goal as Dodd’s goalmouth clearance was played on by Jack Gallop to Jacob West, who capitalised on a defensive error to fire a shot towards goal, which the Horsham keeper had covered until it hit one of those divots to bounce up high over the now helpless keeper’s dive.
Horsham searched for the equaliser and Colts toiled to add to their tally.
Joe Dennis was outstanding in central defence for Colts while full-backs William Richardson and Ben Fudge kept Horsham’s wingers under control. Dave Corell marshalled the midfield with Jeremy Cane and Nabil Choudhury, while James Porter and Max McLaughlin tracked back.
Charles Richardson’s involvement was curtailed by a hip injury.
Now the Colts can look forward to their third cup final in three seasons.
COLTS: Dodd, W Richardson, Dennis, Fudge, C Richardson, Corell, Porter, McLaughlin, Gallop, West, Cane, Choudhury.
Chi City 4 Sidlesham 0
ON a glorious day for football, the two unbeaten teams sitting at the top of the Sussex County Youth League west division went head to head.
Chi had a 100 per cent record and the Sids were unbeaten.
The game started at a quick pace but the uneven pitch did not lend itself to flowing play, though both teams coped well.
The strength of Chi’s Romeo Mulenga was proving a handful for the Sidlesham defence and with just a few minutes gone Chichester were awarded a
free-kick on the edge of the Sidlesham penalty box about 25 yards out.
Both Johan Vandriel and Matt Boulton shaped up to take it and a fierce low shot found its way through the Sidlesham wall and past the unsighted keeper to put Chi into an early lead.
A fine goalkeeping display by the Sidlesham keeper kept out efforts from Mulenga.
Chi were a little slow to get going after the break and Sidlesham had their best period - but Chi goalkeeper Sammy McAlpine was rarely called upon.
In-form Joe Gromett on to support the busy Mulenga up front, and it wasn’t long before Gromett had his name on the scoresheet when he was put through on goal and slotted past the advancing keeper.
The third came from a Vandriel corner picking out Jono Tallent at the far post and he planted a firm header into the back of net.
Chi’s fourth came from another set-piece which found its way to Gromett, who was the quickest to react following a failed attempt to clear the ball, poking the ball home in true poacher style.
This well-earned result sees the Chi youngsters with just four league games left and perched top of the west division and now looking likely to retain the title for a fourth year in succession.
This weekend they travel to Little Common for a League Cup semi-final tie - a win will mean they will still be on for the treble.
CITY: McApline, Gilbert, Boulton, Lillywhite (Lynch), Knowles, Chittock (Osman), Vandriel, Tallent, Ansa, Wild (Gromett), Mulenga.
Worthing Rebels Youth 3 Predators Youth 1
Predators spurned the chance to clinch the B division title with a lacklustre display.
They never came to terms with the soft, bumpy pitch which suited the more direct approach of their opponents.
Predators’ makeshift back-line always looked vulnerable and despite making several good chances, they went in two down at the break.
Predators started the second half strongly and pulled a goal back, bundling home from a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
As Predators increased the pressure they were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by the Worthing keeper.
A breakaway goal knocked the stuffing from Predators as Worthing finished strongly.
PREDATORS: Fellows, Brayfield, Burford, Clarke, Daniels, Donner, Hamilton, Hanslip, Humphries, Lauder, Simmonds, Smith, Waldron.
Barnham Red 1 Felpham Colts 2
Barnham soon put pressure on the Colts defence. With Appleton, Sampson, Taylor and Kearns defending stoutly, a huge goal kick from Zak Cogger released Ryan Innes and he outmuscled the last defender, rounded the keeper and slotted home.
The midfield trio of Nicholas, Searle and Clarke battled well.
The second half saw Barnham hit the post and bar. Purkiss, Robinson and Dent all came on and fared well.
A great through-ball released Innes on the right; he cut in and after a goalmouth scramble, Innes slotted home his and second.
There was just time for a superb free-kick from the Barnham forward but the Colts held on.
FELPHAM: Cogger, Appleton, Searle, Kearns, Taylor, Sampson, Clarke, Dent, Robinson, Purkiss, Innes, Nicholas.
Angmering Youth Black 3-1 Avisford Youth
Angmering Youth Black 3 Avisford Youth 1
There was plenty of grit and determination on show for Avisford but it was Angmering who took the points at Decoy Drive.
Wiktor Nowak and Alex Jones kept the Angmering attack at bay and Avisford could have taken the lead on 15 minutes, but Finlay Brian’s shot hit the side netting.
But just before half-time, they were hit with two goals to leave them with a huge mountain to climb. A corner from the right wasn’t dealt with, allowing Max McGinley to fire home from close range. The second, a minute later, was scored in near-identical circumstances as the ball fell kindly for Tom Hall.
Avisford chased the game and got their breakthrough on 33 minutes, with substitute Matt Kill, Sammy Copeland and Brian linking up well with Copeland getting the decisive touch to make it 2-1.
But as Avisford pressed forward, Angmering striker Hall’s long-range shot gave Longley no chance.
Avisford man of the match was Alex Jones.
Avisford Youth require new players for 2014-15 as they prepare to make the step up to nine-a-side football. If your child is in Year 5 or 6 in September 2014 and is interested in playing in a competitive and friendly team then contact Steve Kill on 07799 030299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AVISFORD: Longley, Nowak, Greene, Jones, Brian, Copeland, Wasowski. Sub: Kill.
Chi Colts 5 Predators Youth 4
Predators were soon one up but a fine through ball from Colts captain Joe Middleton allowed Raife Locke to equalise – but Predators came back with another to make it 2-1.
A great one-two from Locke and Middleton allowed Locke to level. Chi went ahead with a fine header from Middelton after a cross by Max Hopp.
On the stroke of half-time, Predators made it 3-3.
Middleton hit a great ball in for Locke to complete his hat-trick and then Middleton’s penalty made it 5-3.
Predators came back to make it 5-4 but the Chi defence held firm, Ben Roberts and Douglas Smith keeping Predators at bay.