Action involving Selsey Seals, Chichester City Colts, Predators Youth, Whyke United features in our latest youth football round-up.
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Selsey Seals Blue 0 Chichester City Colts Red 1
Selsey’s unbeaten run this season finally came to a halt in the semi-final of the cup against a Chichester team a league higher and beaten only once this season.
Chichester started brightly but could not find a way through the Selsey defence with Stedman, Senior and Ayling coping well with any attacks, and when Chi finally broke through a couple of fine saves from Palin kept the score at 0-0 at half-time.
Fantastic midfield performances from Green, Montesino-Chinea, Baker and Farr-Voller provided support for Wiggs up front.
Borrisow, Lee and Morey all came on and put in strong performances.
The second half started with Chi having several good opportunities. Lee and Borrison made excellent challenges with Senior providing the link to the midfield and attack.
A dribble out of defence saw Chi player Osmend rob the Selsey midfield to break through and dispatch the ball high into the top corner, giving Palin no chance from ten yards.
This spurred on Selsey and they put Chi under immense pressure, but a combination of good goalkeeping, defending and bad luck saw the score stay 1-0.
With two minutes left a heavy challenge on Stedman on the edge of the area saw Baker launch a Selsey free-kick into the box. Montesino-Chinea’s flick looked to be going into the top corner but a deflection from a defender took it wide.
Chichester City Colts White 6 Lancing Youth Green 2
In their first home game since November, the Colts made the breakthrough first, scoring after three minutes with a cool finish from Jack Tilbury.
The game was a scrappy but Tilbury got on the scoresheet again after 21 minutes to put the Colts 2-0 up at the break.
In the second half, the Colts scored again two minutes in with a lovely chip from Tilbury to complete his hat-trick.
Lancing got one back after poor defending from the Colts gifted them a goal. The Colts kept on making chances and Lancing scored two own goals to make it 5-1 with ten minutes to go.
More poor defending meant Lancing got on the scoresheet again before Ryan Johnson slotted home to make the final score 6-2.
Man of the match was Rhys Rawlings.
CHI CITY COLTS: Briant, McGreal, Moore, Wells, Tilbury, Stone, Rawlings, O’Brennan, Johnson, Wilson, Breeze, Scott.
Predators Youth 3 Whyke United 1
With a gale-force wind blowing down the pitch. Dom Humphries almost scored from the start as his speculative shot from well inside his own half was tipped over the bar by the Whyke keeper.
Predators spent spent the rest of the first half sending long balls over the Whyke defence, but these invariably ended in the arms of the keeper or out of play. Whyke took the lead as Predators failed to clear a corner which was thumped home from the edge of the box.
As half-time approached Predators started to pass it on the ground and Toby Lauder levelled with a shot from the corner of the box - then added a second by tapping in an incisive cross from Alex Burford.
In the second half, Whyke’s long balls over the defence comfortably collected by Connor Fellows in the Predators goal. Alex Burford added the third for Predators.
Harvey Clarke and Tommy Sanctuary were solid at the centre of defence and Chris Brayfield and Kieran Waldron added strength to the midfield.
This result took Predators back to the top of the table.
PREDATORS: Fellows, Brayfield, Burford, Clarke, Daniels, Donner, Hamilton, Hanslip, Humphries, Lauder, Sanctuary, Simmonds, Smith, Waldron.
Lancing Rangers 2 Chi Colts 0
Chi Colts decided to play with the very strong wind behind them in the first half. Joe Middleton, Harry Angell and Max Hopp pressured Lancing but the defence was strong.
Lancing broke through against the play and scored to make it 1-0.
Chi failed to equalise in the first half and knew they were up against it in the second.
Despite good skill from Middleton and Roberts they still couldn’t break through and another killer goal gave Lancing a win they deserved.