Youngsters turn on the style in Youth League’s finals day

Norfolk and Suffolk League Youth Under 11 Plate winners Kirkley and Pakefield Vipers. Picture: Paul

Norfolk and Suffolk League Youth Under 11 Plate winners Kirkley and Pakefield Vipers. Picture: Paul Newby - Credit: Archant

It was the turn of the Under-11 and Under-12 teams in the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League to enjoy a sun-drenched finals day at Emerald Park.

Ormesby Lads, who as a club had been waiting 25 years for a major trophy, finally had their big day as they defeated Gorleston Rangers Hawks in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

A match that could easily have produced more goals, with chances galore at both ends, ended level at 1-1 after goals from Billy for the Hawks and Elijah for Ormesby.

As with all Under-11 football there is no extra-time and it went straight to penalties, with the final result being 3-2.

The Vipers of Kirkley & Pakefield started the day’s matches with a victory over the Eagles of Gorleston Rangers. Vipers were making their first appearance in a final after last season’s semi-final heartbreak and the Eagles were back for the third consecutive season.

Vipers started the game in a goal scoring mode and were quickly in front. Despite the efforts of every player on the field there can only be one winner and the Vipers were crowned Under-11 Plate winners following a superb team performance.

Moving on to the afternoon Mutford & Wrentham and Gorleston Rangers Falcons contested the Under-12 Shield and what a final it was. Both teams were determined not to be beaten and produced a marvellous final in the heat.

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With penalties looming, a last-minute goal from Mutford allowed no time for the Falcons to respond.

It was left to the Wasps of Beccles Town to challenge the Real team from Loddon for the prize of the Under-12 Cup and the final was well worth the wait.

An early goal from Elijah for Loddon was to be the only goal of the game but the quality of the football on display kept all the crowd on the edge of their seats as something happened almost every minute.

Beccles pushed forward looking for an equaliser but the Loddon defence was standing strong and after an energy-sapping final they managed to see out the game to get their hands on the silverware.

The next finals are on Sunday, April 30 with eight finals in total as the mini-soccer teams have their day out, with two finals each at Under 7, Under 8, Under 9 and Under 10 all played at Emerald Park.

The action starts at 10am.