Rovers take their usual place in the final with win over United
HOLDERS Bristol Rovers Under-10s will contest their second successive final thanks to an impressive 4-2 aggregate victory over Mangotsfield United.
Rovers started strongly and took the lead when Elijah Hayden followed up a saved shot to tap in for a 1-0 half-time advantage.
The second soon came when Miguel Freckleton headed home, and with Lewis Bryan outstanding, star man Joseph Calloway strong on the wing and Callum Ball impressing in midfield, Mangos were never allowed a foothold into the game and two quickfire goals by Brandon Robinson gave Rovers a handy 4-0 head-start.
To their credit, Mangos pressed hard to reduce the deficit in the second game with two quick goals by the excellent Sam Barney to see them 2-0 up at the break.
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However, with Rovers' man-of-the-match Taylor Werrett enjoying an outstanding game at the back, there were no more goals, prompting manager Kevin Ashwood to say he was "proud of every player" as they set themselves up for a final showdown against Whitchurch Sports Juniors, who emerged victorious against St Nicholas after another thrilling semi-final tie.
The first game came to life when a five-pass Whitchurch move ended with a great ball being delivered towards the far post for Billy Philips to slide home the opener. More neat passing and good footwork by Calum Chilcott led to him being brought down for a penalty, but a super save from the St Nicks keeper kept the score to 1-0.
Sports did everything but score in the second half, not helped by a superb performance from the Saints keeper and his two defenders.
St Nicholas struck the first blow in the second game through Owen Bell's splendid lobbed effort to being the aggregate scores level. And Sports soon found themselves 2-0 down via an excellent individual goal by Saints' lively winger Ashley Sims.
A quick half-time turnaround saw Whitchurch's Jack Evans play in Alfie Maddern, who was felled inside the box for their second penalty of the game. But again the Saints keeper produced a superb stop from the spot-kick.
Whitchurch did eventually level up through Freddie Gwyther's free-kick, ensuring a nerve-racking five penalties apiece ensued. In the end, Alex Banfield saved St Nicks' last spot-kick to see Sports into the final.
Sports coach Lewis Evans said: "We had to work very hard against a good team who pushed us all the way, but we are very proud of all our boys - it was a great achievement."
Meanwhile, in the Division C/D section of the competition, rampant Stoke Lane Under-10s brushed past Ashton Boys comfortably to take their place in the final with an 8-0 success. Lane went ahead through Jonathan Mead early on and the same player made it 2-0 following a powerful run from the halfway line.
Charlie Sagar added a third just before half-time and soon after the interval they were 4-0 up courtesy of a Cameron Tuckett penalty. Tom Underhill, following a mazy run, finished well for Lane to hand them a commanding 5-0 lead.
The scoring continued unabated in the second match as Tom Isaac netted with a searing volley, and just after the break a Lewis Evans cross was turned in by an Ashton defender.
Ryan Jones completed a 3-0 win just before time to cap a great day for Stoke Lane.
Bristol City Under-11s proved too strong in the end for a battling Brislington side as they gave themselves a 5-1 first-game advantage en route to a 9-3 overall away victory.
Bris man-of-the-match Alex Symmons worked hard alongside Michael Williams at the back, while Jed Tregidgo scored their only goal as City took control in the opening encounter.
Brislington dug deep in the second game with their star performer James McNama making some quality saves. Jay Cooper and Harry Keen both struck before the break to give Bris hope, but three second-half goals, to add to their first-half effort, saw a slick City side safely through to the final against either Bath City Youth or Stoke Lane Lions.