ESFA Boys’ U18 Colleges’ Cup National Final: Match Report

Thursday 09 June 2016By ESFA Office

Last Updated:
22/06/2016 15:09:56

Hartpury College v Gateshead College

This season’s Under 18 Colleges’ Trophy saw Hartpury College (South Gloucestershire SFA) take on Gateshead College (Gateshead SFA) at Doncaster Rovers FC on Wednesday 27 April, after being previously cancelled in March due to a waterlogged pitch. Both Hartpury and Gateshead had been strong sides throughout the season with Gateshead only conceding one goal in their prior fixtures.

The game started off very fast and it took Hartpury College 46 seconds to score the opening goal. A free kick from their own half was put into the penalty area and George Lamb rose at the far post to head in Hartpury’s first goal of the day.

Gateshead’s heads did not drop after the early goal and it took 2 minutes for them to get back into the game. Gateshead were awarded a free kick just on the edge of the area. The ball was floated into the far post and John Mellish was unmarked, headed in at the far post to put Gateshead back on level terms.

The game opened up after the two early goals, chances at both ends saw plenty of corners and free kicks being awarded to both sides.

On the quarter hour mark Hartpury College had the ball free on the right hand side. The attacking player managed to turn inside the defender to set him free on goal, only to miss the goal to the left.

Gateshead kept the pressure on the Hartpury keeper as the ball was sent in from the left wing forcing him to make a save and send the ball out for a corner which was then cleared by a resilient Hartpury defence.

With 5 minutes to go before half time Hartpury scored their second goal of the day. The ball was thrown in from the near side and Gateshead failed to clear the ball, after a few attempts to find the net the ball stuck Tyler Brock’s leg and deflected into the goal which put his team into the lead once again.

Just into additional time in the first half and Hartpury scored again. This time from Jordan Staten, a corner was sent into the far post and Staten was in the right place at the right time to place the ball into the back of the net with an easy header.

Shortly after restarting the game the referee blew for half time. Hartpury 3, Gateshead 1.

Gateshead came out for the second half with all the work to do, taking many chances to Hartpury but they couldn’t break down the Hartpury defence.

As the second half advanced, Gateshead College looked the stronger team to score the next goal, with plenty of pressure on the Hartpury goal.

A change in the formation for Gateshead College meant they had a more attacking threat with playing 3 at the back.

The last 5 minutes of the game was spent attacking by both teams, corners for each side and counter attacks, but still we were yet to see a goal in the second half.

3 minutes to go and there was a penalty awarded to Gateshead College after a miss-timed tackle from Hartpury College. Oliver Martin stepped up for the penalty in the pouring rain and sent the keeper the wrong way to put Gateshead back in the match with only 3 minutes to go.

Gateshead did everything to try and get the equalising goal, but Hartpury did their best to work down the clock. The referee blew for full time to crown Hartpury College National Champions for 2015/16.

Both teams were presented with their commemorative medals and Hartpury College lifted the trophy on the pitch.

Squads:

Hartpury College:

Ed Cox, Joe Pickering, Lewis Fogg, Harry Daubney, George Lamb, Jordan Staten, Ryan Davies, Abdul Iddrisu, Joe Bates, Ben Hands, Tyler Brock, Will Stallard, Calum Townsend, Jack Coates, Klaus Reeves, Dylan Sweeney.

Gateshead College:

Sam Bell, Lewis Robson, Joe Hunter, Jordan Hailes, Kurtis Dodds, Harry Jewitt, Oliver Martin, Cameron Fenton, Ethan Bewley, Callum Johnson, Jon Mellish, Elliot Forbes, Adam Alexander, Jack Drummond, Dan Hadfield, Scott Urwin.

Match Officials

Referee: Des Coulson

Assistant Referees: James Kavanagh & Steve Peake

Fourth Official: Syd Nye

Photographs of the match are available thanks to 353 Photography and are available for purchase by clicking here.

Match DVDs including action replays and full match commentary are also available to purchase, courtesy of 247.TV here.

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