Youngsters turn on the style on finals day for big crowd at Emerald Park

Gorleston U10s are all smiles after their dramatic win at Emerald Park.

Gorleston U10s are all smiles after their dramatic win at Emerald Park. - Credit: Archant

The Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League finals came to close last Sunday when the mini soccer finals at Emerald Park attracted a crowd of over 1,000 spectators.

Burnt Hill Flames took home the first silverware of the dayn as they captured the Under-7 Plate in an entertaining final with Gorleston Rangers Hawks.

Gorleston Rangers Ospreys, with goals from Henley and Patryck, entertained the large in a seven goal thriller in their Trophy final win over old rivals Kirkley and Pakefield Royals.

Moving up just to the under eights and Beccles Town Fireflies took the silverware as goals from Alfie and Charlie helped them on to victory over a hard-working Kirkley and Pakefield Conquerors. Goals from Toby, Gabriel, Fynn and Kobi ensured more silverware went south as Waveney Cheetahs turned in a master display against a never-say-die Kirkley and Pakefield Crusaders.

It was not until the Under-9 Plate that the Norfolk clubs at last had some silverware of their own. Despite a Taylor goal for Gorleston Rangers Eagles it was not enough as the Lions of Ormesby Lads took the trophy. Then strikes from Bailey and Thomas just about secured the under nine Trophy in thrilling match with the Pumas of Waveney.

The excitement just kept coming as Brooke Juniors and Stalham Galaxy produced a match of breath-taking action, and after two goals for Erica and strikes from Joseph and Thomas for Brooke the teams could not be separated and Brooke won on penalties.

At under ten level the Eagles of Gorleston Rangers and the Royals of Kirkley and Pakefield played out one of the best finals in the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League history. It was difficult to believe these players were only nine years old when the season started. Goals from Jaylen and Ashton for the Eagles and from Blyth and Bailey for the Royals left the game all-square and again it was down to to penalties. Despite some great goalkeeping the Eagles scored just one more and the under 10 Trophy was theirs.

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On Sunday Gorleston Tornados under 15s will need at least a point in their match against Stalham to secure a play-off, however victory will give them the title. It will be winner takes all in under 14 division one with both the Gorleston Rangers Eagles and the Kirkley and Pakefield Wildcats level on 42 points.