Whitchurch KO Bristol Central in cup shocker
WHITCHURCH Sports Under-12s caused a major upset as they beat the side from a division above them, Bristol Central, 3-2 away from home in the Under-12 Plate.
Division IV outfit Sports took a deserved lead when a superb cross from Kyle Lovegrove was volleyed into the roof of the net by Dylan Fox, only for Central to reply almost immediately through Kieran O'Connell.
Central were unfortunate not to take the lead when Rhys Kefenste-Morgan ballooned a penalty over the bar. But they hit the front early in the second half when Darren Walker scored after Whitchurch had failed to clear their lines.
However, after good work in the middle of the park by Sam Hutton and Rhys Freeman, pacy substitute Kieran Hudd cut inside to score with a right-foot shot to level matters.
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Their winner came when Harry Purday played the ball through the middle for Sam Hutton to drift in from the right and hit a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
Central pushed hard for an equaliser, but the Whitchurch defence of Alfie Smart, Kieran Bush, Joe Knight and Finley Tout withstood all the pressure. Daniel Thomas was commanding in midfield for Sports and was ably assisted by Harry Britton and Harry Purday.
Frampton Rangers Under-12s reached the semi-finals with a thrilling 5-4 penalty shoot-out success over Stoke Lane after the tie had finished up 2-2.
Lane were unfortunate to be on the losing side after playing their part in a great game against the league leaders.
Frampton took the lead, only for Ben Donne to equalise with a shot from outside the penalty area. Rangers then went 2-1 up with a minute to go, but Stoke Lane never gave up and Tom Rollings equalised from Henry Birt's corner with the last kick of the contest.
Harry Collett, Ethan Jones, Rollings and Ethan Ansell scored from the spot for Lane, but Frampton converted all their kicks to go through.
Alex Wells broke the hearts of a spirited Keynsham Town Under-12s side with a late goal to send Stoke Lane through to the Under-12 Cup semi-finals with a thrilling 2-1 win.
Lane trailed after ten minutes when Keynsham were awarded a soft penalty. After this, they surged forward in search of an equaliser, but Keynsham battled for every ball and only some fine defending by Lewis Hedges denied them a second goal.
After the break, Keynsham continued to fight hard, but they had no answer to Ethan Tucker's thunderbolt free-kick from 25 yards midway through the half.
Lane continued to pepper the Keynsham goal and, as penalties loomed, Liam Harvie strode down the right and drilled the ball across the face of goal for Wells to side-foot their winner.
Joe Mills hit a hat-trick as Henbury Colts Under-13s produced a fine team performance to beat Bristol Central 5-2.
They twice took the lead through Ryan Daley and Mills before the break, only for Central to equalise on each occasion.
Henbury went in front again with a good individual goal from Mills, who beat two players before firing a fierce shot into the top of the net.
Mills completed his hat-trick, before Lewis O'Flaherty slammed home Henbury's fifth following a strong run by Brandon Woods.
Birthday boy Newman Ball fired a hat-trick for Ashton Boys Under-13s in their 11-1 quarter-final romp against Fry Colts.
Ball broke the deadlock when he lobbed the keeper with his left foot from outside the box to give the cup holders a deserved lead. Dominic Barassi then played in Alfie Clarke to increase Ashton's advantage and Ball slotted through for Elliot Gardener to make it 3-0.
The second half saw the Fry's goal under siege as the unbeaten double winners showed their class. Ball was bought down and converted the spot- kick before completing his hat-trick, while Gardener and Clarke each doubled their tallies.
Centre-half Sam Hilton sent a strong message to his coaches when he scored a quick fire hat-trick after being pushed forward, before star man Kelvin Kalunghi wrapped things up with a far-post header.
Bitton Under-13s began strongly against a determined Rockleaze Rangers team and didn't look back as they surged to a 10-0 success to reach the semis.
Alex Begbie Dilks opened their account with a header, Dan Whitley scored following a goalmouth scramble and Harry Saunders notched up his first goal with a sweet strike just before the break.
The second half saw the goals start to flow as George Neill blasted the ball inadvertently against his own team-mate before making no mistake from the rebound, while Harvey World received a great through ball from James Ollis on the right wing to finish with a cool lob.
Ollis rifled home from close range and Saunders went on to claim four more goals to bring his total to five.
First-half goals from Will Brant and Jack Green saw last season's treble winners AEK Boco Under-15s move in to the semi-finals with a 2-0 away win over Ashton Boys to set up a tie with Bristol City Supporters Club.
Excellent defending from the Boco back four of Luke Withey, Tom Norley, Callum Ball and man-of-the-match Liam Peglar ensured Ashton were restricted to half chances, while clinical finishes from Brant and Green proved the difference.
Division One Avon Athletic reached the Under-16 Cup semi-finals with a 10-4 victory over Keynsham Town Colts, from Division Two.
Avon took a three-goal lead into half-time, but the second half exploded into life when Keynsham, who had found themselves 4-0 down, battled back to 4-3 with goals from Cian O'Mahony, Marco Scaduto and Dan Notley.
With the game evenly balanced, Avon surged well clear before Josh Cottrell grabbed a deserved fourth goal for Town.