Newhaven U18 1-3 Metropolitan Police U18 (HT 0-0)
Newhaven U18’s exit the FA Youth Cup against a strong Metropolitan Police side.
The U18’s 4th fixture of the season was a home match, under lights, against The Metropolitan Police U18’s in the FA Youth cup.
Steve retained the goalkeeping spot and there was a start for George Squires up front otherwise the team was the usual format. We knew this match would be a very tough one against a team from a higher league but the players were encouraged to play our usual game and give their best. The M P started the match very well and in the first 5 minutes created a couple of chances from free kicks but both headers flashed past our posts. Indeed for the opening 20 minutes or so they did most of the pressing restricting us to the occasional break away attacks, they certainly had far more possession than us. Steve in goal had to make a couple of really good saves in the final minutes or so to keep us in the match and the referee turned down a reasonable penalty shout against us. 0-0 at half time.
The half time talk was that we were level but that we had to try to assert ourselves more, trust each other and be more adventurous in our play. However the pattern of play continued from the kick off with the M P hitting our bar from a shot from distance and they continued to press us back. Then we did start to assert ourselves more and started to press forward more and were rewarded with a corner on the hour mark. Aaron took the corner and this went straight into the goal, perhaps the keeper was distracted by Myles who had just come on as a substitute. The goal was rather against the run of play and I am sure the M P were rather stunned to be behind in a game they had largely controlled. We needed to settle down and see how they would react but 5 minutes later we let them back into the game by conceding a penalty which was duly converted. 1-1. This spurred the M P again and they again started to press us back and Steve had to make another good save but their pressure finally resulted in another goal. This came from us failing to tackle a striker who went straight through our midfield and defence to score. 1-2. We did react to this setback and Fraser had a long range shot just go over their crossbar. MP did hit our post again with 10 minutes of the match to go but shortly after we were awarded a penalty which Aaron took but his effort went just wide of the post. With time running out we pressed forward looking for the equaliser but they scored their 3rd goal in injury time. 1-3 at the final whistle.
The players gave their all and were beaten by a very good team so the whole squad should be proud of their performance both as individuals and as a team.
Squad – Steve Beasley, Louis Peach, George Todd (c), Harry Woodward, Jake Tomsett, Sam White, Aron Winser, Fraser Cox, Marcus Nicholson, Jacob Neel, Louis Bass, Drew Wain, George Squires, Myles Bickmore- Vaughan, Marley Ambler, Sam Dunstall.