Young Eagles suffer a county cup heartbreak after semi-final defeat
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It was heartbreak for Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League team Eagles of Gorleston Rangers as they fell one game short in the under 14 County Cup semi-final, narrowly losing out 2-1 to Attleborough.
Both teams enjoying a fair amount of possession before Attleborough took the lead. Eagles started the second half strongly, creating half chances and pushing Attleborough back into their own half, and the equaliser soon came with Ben following up to score.
The match again settled down with both sides being cautious and extra time became a very strong possibility. However, Attleborough took full advantage of a bouncing ball and a left-foot rocket shot gave the keeper no chance as once again Attleborough took the lead. The final minutes were frantic as the Eagles went in search of an equaliser leaving gaps at the back. But Eagles could not find a second goal and the Norfolk and Suffolk League wishes Attleborough all the best for the final.
This part of the season is dominated with cup semi-finals and quarter-finals. Starting with the under 16 shield semi-finals, goals from Louis and Cole along with two each from Izaac and Casey secured the Royals of Kirkley and Pakefield a place in the final after their 6-0 home win over Mutford and Wrentham. Meeting them in the final will be the Panthers of Waveney after JJ’s hat-trick and a goal from Isaac was enough to secure a 4-2 semi-final win over Bohemians.
There was one under 14 shield quarter-final and what a cracker it was – 2-2 at normal time, 3-3 after extra time and eventually Long Stratton defeated FC Bradwell 5-4 on penalties, Duarte, Harry and Max were on target for FC Bradwell.
Harleston moved into the under 14 shield final after goals from Jack and Jacob with two each, to defeat AC Mill Lane, for whom Chester was on target, 4-1.
Hemsby booked their place in the under 15 shield final with a 6-2 home win over the Warriors of Kirkley and Pakefield with two goals from James and one each for Sonny, Alexander, Tighe and Ethan. The under 10 Trophy final will be between Gorleston Rangers Eagles and Kirkley and Pakefield Royals with the under 9 Trophy Final contested by Hawks of Gorleston Rangers and Pumas of Waveney.