Young Blues through in thriller



BLUES came from behind twice as they won a seven-goal thriller to progress in the FA Youth Cup, on Wednesday.

In a feisty contest neither side had a

period of dominance in the tie and the action was largely end-to-end, though it was backs to the wall down the stretch for the hosts.

Taylor Hansen twice went close in the opening minutes whilst a Barkingside striker blazed over the bar after Stortford keeper Jarvis Monk had made a good blocking save.

It was the visitors who netted the opening goal in the 29th minute as Callum Fitzer cut in from the wing and finished with a strong shot inside an upright.

Jack Lanning should have doubled the East Londoners’ lead soon afterwards but chipped the ball over the bar with only Monk to beat.

Morgan LaForce’s side included four players with first team experience and they equalised three minutes after falling behind. Jacob Bennett played a long ball forward that a Barkingside defender headed past his advancing keeper and finally Charlie Powell scrambled the ball over the goal-line.

Stortford took the lead in the 36th minute after Bennett had crossed from the left and when the ball fell loose in the area Powell, with a low shot on the turn from 15 yards, found the back of the net.

It took only five more minutes for Fitzer to score again finding space and time to net into the corner of the net.

Barkingside then regained the lead in the third minute of added time before the break. Lanning headed against the bar from close range and within seconds the visitors were awarded a penalty when Stortford defender Lewis Wicker was judged to have made a high challenge. Lanning duly converted the resultant spot-kick.

The Blues were awarded a penalty of their own six minutes into the second half after Jacob Bennett was brought down by Side defender Leandro Da Gloriam leaving Marcus Crowther to convert from the spot.

What proved to be the winning goal came in the 66th minute when Powell crossed in low from the right and Taylor Hansen shot low past Callum Calder from the edge of the box

Stortford had a few anxious moments holding on to their lead before the final whistle with Max Brassington clearing off his goal-line after Barkingside substitute David Owierdu-Ross had broken clear and shot past Monk. Then the visitors netted but thankfully Referee Tommy Breen over-ruled the goal and gave an offside decision.

BISHOP’S STORTFORD: Jarvis Monk; George Brand; Lewis Wicker; Freddie Oakman; Max Brassington; Marcus Crowther; Charlie Powell (Harry Douglas 74); Jacob Bennett; Jack Walker (Toluwani Osiyemi 89); Ethan Barton; Taylor Hansen

Unused substitute: Callum Lewis.

Referee: Tommy Breen

Attendance: 77