Two late goals foiled a brave giantkilling attempt by HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-18S in the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Youth Shield.
Second Division Warriors were handed the stiffest of ties against unbeaten First Division leaders Burton Joyce Blue and gave as good as they got until going down 3-1.
They fell behind in the fifth minute, but battled back and levelled before the interval when Andreas Kokkinou burst into the box and blasted home.
With midfielders Regan Scott and Sam Stewart coverin every blade of grass, Warriors continued to test the visitors in the second half.
So it was heartbreaking when they conceded a second goal ten minutes from the end and a third a minute later.
Alex Galloway also made a goalline clearance and goalkeeper Adam Treece made some fine saves, while the man-of-the-match award went to solid defender Josh Kitchen.
A SOLITARY goal in the dying minutes earned HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-15S an important second victory of the season in the Saturday First Division of the Notts Youth League.
Sports played some wonderful football on their trip to Lowdham Colts Black. But the match seemed destined for a goalless draw until substitute Tom Eastwood curled a terrific looping corner straight into the net.
It was a well-deserved victory for the locals, who had been unlucky not to take the lead after only five minutes when hitting a post in a goalmouth scramble.
Inspired by man-of-the-match Ellis Evans, who produced a brilliant performance, wave after wave of attacks followed with the midfield quartet of Dante Diriso, Mitch Davies, Matt Leivers and Maleek Batten playing extraordinarily well.
But they couldn’t find that elusive goal, and survived a scare in the second half when a free-kick was pushed on to the bar by ‘keeper Kal Orton and the follow-up header went over the bar.
HAPPY HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-10S WHITE will be crowned champions of the Young Elizabethan League’s Saturday Third Division if they win their final match against Wollaton this coming Saturday.
This follows a thumping 8-2 victory over Gedling Southbank in their penultimate fixture, which included a hat-trick by Owen Stubbs-Booth, nicknamed Suarez.
Sports wanted it from the off and dominated the game with some fine passing . Goals from man-of-the-match Jack Harrison, Jayden Goodman and a left-foot shot from Matthew Snell gave them a 3-0 lead at the interval.
Substitute Stubbs-Booth popped up with his treble in the second period, alongside further strikes from defender Kenan Burton and Ciaran McBride.
Southbank pulled a couple back at 6-2 against the run of play.