Exciting day of youth football finals at Emerald Park

Diss Town have a new manager. Picture: Archant

Diss Town have a new manager. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Cup football once again dominated the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League last weekend as four teams at Under-7 and Under-8 made it through to finals day on April 30 in the last of the semi-finals.

Zac and Riley were in goal scoring form but it was not enough as Burnt Hill made it through to the Under-7 Plate final in a nine-goal thriller.

In the final they will meet the Hawks of Gorleston Rangers as goals from Jayden and Justin were enough to see them book their place in the final over a sporting Hemsby team.

The Under-8 Plate semi-finals were just as exciting as a five-goal thriller at Beccles, with goals from Alfie and Charlie for the Beccles Fireflies enough to overcome a determined Bungay team. It will not be an all-Beccles final as their Wasps team missed out in another great semi-final, this time to the Conquerors of Kirkley and Pakefield.

The NSYFL also hosted three tremendous finals last Sunday, starting with the Under-13 Cup Final sponsored by Guys Carpets with the Panthers of Kirkley and Pakefield facing the Falcons of Gorleston Rangers. With the division one league title already in their grasp the Falcons, with goals from Ryan, Jack, Dylan, Bradley, Joe and Finlay, completed the double in a perfect advert for youth football in the Emerald Park sunshine.

The all Gorleston Under-14 Cup Final clash quickly followed as the Eagles of Gorleston Rangers met old rivals Gorleston FC. The match started at a blistering pace, with the Eagles taking an early lead, and then the match settled down to a very good skilful encounter. However two further goals, one late in the match, secured the cup for the Eagles, whose thoughts will now quickly switch to the quest for league points, with the Under 14 league title still up for grabs.

Finals day ended with the Tornados of Gorleston FC meeting Hemsby in a hard-fought final. The match stayed goalless and extra-time was looking a possibility when the Tornados took the lead. Dean’s goal had given them one hand on the shield and he scored another goal to settle the issue.

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This Sunday there are four finals at Emerald Park all being played at nine-a-side with both the Under-11 Trophy and Plate competitions followed by the Under-12 Trophy and Plate. The action starts at 10am.