Town U16 in late cup win
Great Yarmouth Town U16s 2, Burrage Centurians 1
Great Yarmouth Town U16 on Sunday secured the Norfolk & Suffolk Youth League Cup against Burrage Centurians at Emerald Park with a last-gasp winner.
Burrage went one goal up near the half-hour mark after an excellent run by Callum Ingram, who took the ball past two defenders before lashing an effort into goal from distance.
Yarmouth came out with much more conviction for the second half and were rewarded when Liam Jacobs fired a free-kick straight into the top corner for 1-1.
Yarmouth then took a strong grip, but a mixture of good defending, poor finishing, bad luck and an inspired performance from keeper Dom Ellis made extra-time look inevitable.
But in the fourth minute of time added on Stathie Steer ran in from the right of the area and slotted the ball past the keeper at his near post to send the Yarmouth players and management into raptures.
There was no time for the Centurians to come back and the final whistle was blown shortly after, meaning that Ricky Lutchmaya’s young Bloaters had defended their crown.
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Yarmouth U16: Lewis Frosdick, Matthew Borg, Johnny Mann, Frazer Kerr, Josh Cullington, Curtis MacLeod, Thomas Clark, Shaun MacLeod, Stathie Steer, Luke Geary, Jordan Lutchmaya.
Great Yarmouth Town U16 are winners of the Norfolk & Suffolk League Cup, runners-up in Division One of the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League; quarter-finalists of the John Savage Cup, and lost only to the winners and quarter-finalists of the Ipswich & Suffolk Open Cup. They have said a big thank you to their 2010/2011 sponsors: Andrew Plimmer (Comfort Hotel) for his personal donation; The Comfort Hotel for shirt sponsorship; Swift Taxis for sponsorship of equipment and Blackwell Print for their Cancer Research banner. Additional thanks went to Barbara Clark (treasurer of 10 years); Tony Geary, Stuart Kerr and John Wilson (referees’ assistants); Ian Griffin and Paul Hubbard and all supporters of Great Yarmouth Town Football Club and Paul Kelf (Great Yarmouth Borough Council). A number of the U16s also played for Great Yarmouth Town U18 Ridgeons League team and thank Ian Griffin and Joe Griffin for that opportunity. The majority of the U16’s will be playing for GYTFC U18 during the 2011/2012 campaign under the guidance of managers Ricky Lutchmaya and Ian Griffin. Future match sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.