Harvie's heroics help Stoke Lane to victory
LIAM Harvie was the Stoke Lane Under-12s hero against Bristol City JSC as two of the form sides in Division One met.
His team opened the scoring when Harry Cole ghosted in behind City's back-line to finish with a swerving left-foot strike.
City could have equalised before half-time after an almighty scramble in the box but, just after the break, they did level from a corner, Taylor Walker tapping in at the back post as Lane's keeper appeared to be impeded.
City would have gone ahead soon after but for a last-ditch diving header off the line by Matt Binding, but it was Lane who regained the lead via George Huke's arrow-like strike into the top corner following a flowing move down the left.
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City pressed hard for a reply and they soon got it when a defensive clearance fell to Harry Ford to dispatch the ball effortlessly into the roof of the net from distance.
The game was fittingly settled by a piece of brilliance. Harvie's turn and bullet-like shot from just inside the box tore into the top corner for a thrilling winner.
Midfielder Soloman Templar was man-of-the-match as Mangotsfield United Under-12s drew 2-2 with Henbury Colts in the same division.
Mangos flew off the blocks and Corey Jackson scored with a clinical finish in the first minute via a well-directed cross from Mitchell Jeffreys. Four minutes later, a defence-splitting through ball by Lewis Leslie enabled Isaac Staples to slot past the Colts keeper to put Mangos 2-0 in front.
With both keepers in fine form, the second half was a mirror image of the first, although this time it was Henbury scoring early goals. The first was a sublime header from a great cross and the second stemmed from a slick counter-attacking move as the spoils were justly shared.
Champions Ashton Boys Under-13shad to dig deep to overcome a spirited Downend Saints team 4-1 in Division One. They applied early pressure and were only denied the lead by fantastic goalkeeping, goal-line clearances and the woodwork.
Saints weathered the storm and continued to frustrate the unbeaten high-fliers with superb defending to keep the game goalless at the interval.
Positional changes by Ashton seemed to further unsettle them as they were caught by a lightening breakaway run to find themselves a goal down.
But they roared back with a superb individual effort from Dominic Barassi, and further strikes by Newman Ball, the excellent Dan Payne and Sam Hilton handed Ashton a hard-fought three points.
Also in the top section, Hallen Under-13s cruised to a 6-0 away win Warmley Rangers, taking the lead when Jack Aldom was picked out by Tyler Dacres to score.
It was soon 2-0 when star man Joe Hodson found Dacres free to slot home, before Hodson crossed for Corey Cotterill to head home.
Once more Hodson's pace and power proved effective when he squared for the impressive Ben Alexander to net the visitors fourth in the second half.
Hallen added two more goals, the first coming courtesy of a corner from Luke Henderson to Jacob Dumble, whose flick found Dacres with room to tap in, while the goal of the game came when Hodson won the ball in his own half and set off on a 40-yard run before finding debutant Billy Saunders, whose delivery was finished off well by Henderson.
Bitton Under-13s returned to take on Bristol City JSC only a week after being knocked out of the AYL Cup by the same opponents. This time they produced a stunning display of football to re-affirm their dominance in the first division with a 7-2 victory.
It wasn't long before the goals started flowing with Gianni Porcaro, James Ollis and Joel Athay all getting on the scoresheet courtesy of some excellent passing play, before City managed to peg one back just before the break following a defensive mix-up.
The second half started with City attacking hard and, following another defensive error, they managed to pull it back to 3-2. Bitton then stepped up a gear and Harry Saunders, Alex Begbie Dilks and George Neill all added to the tally, while a deflected shot from Joe Fletcher sealed City's fate.