It’s cup final season in the Arun and Chichester Youth Football League and the silverware is being shared out nicely.
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Chichester City 4 Rustington Otters 0
Invitation Cup final
CHICHESTER CITY showed it’s not just the club’s older teams enjoying success this season as they lifted the Invitation Cup.
In a tense start, Chichester’s Tom Stohacker tried to break through but was thwarted.
Soon, a clearance by Harry Wynne and Will Gilbert’s pass to Hayden Overington saw him convert a blistering left-footed opening goal.
A second came soon after from a deflected Luke Hotchkiss corner and the third from captain Gilbert.
Second-half changes saw Freddie Dempster in goal and Matthew Lee moved up front and Chi found themselves under pressure, but the defence dug deep with Alex Jones with Harry Agostinelli taking control and Wynne sweeping well.
Harry Spirit and Adam Farley moved the play forward to wingers Jamie-Page Campbell and Billy Pope but the Otters stood strong.
In the dying minute, Gilbert’s perfect through-ball set up Lloyd Coote, who steered the ball around the keeper for the fourth.
Bognor Regis Town Youth 3 Chichester City Colts White 0
Challenge Cup final
A sunny afternoon at Arundel was the setting for an exciting final and Bognor started strongly with a cross from captain Ben Taylor evading the Chicheste keeper to make the score 1-0.
Chichester battled hard but were unable to break down a resolute defence and more chances were missed by Bognor before
Chichester pressed but Bognor defenders Woody, Will and George were outstanding at the back. A Will Jones pass resulted in a
fine turn and shot from Taylor for his second goal.
Bognor keeper Thomas Fearns made some great saves to keep the score 2-0. Bradley Stroud worked hard up front for Bognor and was rewarded with a great goal after some fine individual work.
A superb team performance deservedly won the cup for Bognor with other big contributions from Bruce, Hayden, Connor and Dawid.
Barnham Reds 2 Chichester City Colts Red 1
Invitation Cup final
Barnham started brightly and took the game to the Colts but could not find the finishing touch. The Barnham defence looked solid but Colts took the lead when a corner saw Rhys Llewellyn hit the post and Joe Osmend volley home.
The goal put Barnham off their stride but they recovered and began to take control - only to be thwarted by a well-marshalled Colts defence. A superb save by the Colts keeper Jacob Harding prevented Eliot Millman blasting home an equaliser.
As half-time approached Josh Whittington scored a fantastic solo effort to level the scores, which really buoyed the Trojans.
Ten minutes into the second half, a good team move was finished off by Millman with a right-footed shot to put the Trojans ahead. This opened the game up and both sides had good chances to add to their tally but a fantastic double save by Ben Eames in the Trojan goal kept the Colts at bay.
Barnham were deserving winners in a tightly-fought contest. Congratulations to Barnham for a great team effort.
Colts never gave up and though they didn’t win the cup, they showed they can play well against a team from a higher division.
Special thanks went to Henry Mahoney, Kian Rhodes-Dempsey and Lewis Fox for supporting their Colts team-mates.
BARNHAM: Eames, Robinson, Hammond, Lawrance, Hutton, Heard, Whittington, Millman, Cassy-Mortlock, Kemsley.
CHI COLTS: Harding, Buxton, Botley, Lewis, Blunt, Davy, Llewellyn, Burgess, Osmen, Warrington, Hawkins,