Attleborough youngsters win final after penalty shoot-out
PUBLISHED: 14:59 03 May 2017
It was a nailbiter of a Cup Final for the Attleborough Town U14s at the FDC.
The youngsters travelled to Bowthorpe for the to play old rivals Taverham.
It was a tight scrappy first half with few chances, Ola being really unlucky after a solo run saw him draw and beat the keeper only for a covering defender to slide in and clear off the line.
The second half started in the same way but slowly the team were getting on top with James and Travis probing on the flanks and Ola’s strong front running causing problems for the Taverham defence.
Out of the blue a wonderful long range strike caught everyone napping and the team found themselves one down, a seemingly familiar experience at this venue.
Instead of folding the team were determined to get back on terms and almost immediately equalised with a great header from Ola.
There were a few decent chances to go on and win but with no further score full-time came with the sides locked together at 1-1.
Extra time kicked off and the game ebbed and flowed one way and then the other but with no-one scoring it was down to penalties to decide the outcome.
Unfortunately Travis missed the second spot-kick but Corben pulled off a great save leaving it locked at 4-4. At sudden death Dan stepped up and powered home, meaning that Taverham had to score but Corben pulled off another great save, giving the team a memorable 5-4 win.
Playing on a pitch where the grass was rather long, which made passing and dribbling difficult, Diss Under-13s overcome those problems to run out 4-0 winners over a good Mattishall team.
After a goalless first half in which Diss still had the best chances, they raised their game in the second period to dominate possession.
The first goal came from Ben Clements with an assist for Jack Glen.
Ben Way doubled the lead a minute later and two goals later in the half from Matthew Munnings, the first after a nice flick on from Tyler Nakamoto, saw the Tangerines home with something to spare.
It’s three wins from three now in their Spring Cup group games with two matches to go,
Diss should have a decent chance of making the final if they can hold their form.