Youth football round-up: Dynamos Blues hold league leaders to a draw
Cornard Dynamos Blues Under-13s gained a deserved point at home to C League table toppers Holland FC in our match of the week.
Home goalkeeper Archie Ingram kept the leaders at bay early on before Cornard’s passing game was rewarded with the opener after a mistake when Harrison Brown pounced after chasing the keeper down.
The second half started with Holland on the attack, but excellent and well-organised defending by player-of-the-match Alf Powell and Josh Stewart kept the away side out.
Halfway through the half Holland grabbed their goal after another goalkeeping error, with Cornard unable to force a winner.
AFC Sudbury’s Curtis Child and Hadleigh United pair Dan Knight and Tyler French were all selected to play in Suffolk Under-16s’ 1-0 defeat in Sunday’s East Anglian Counties Championship fixture against Essex.
The only goal of the game came after just four minutes at Walsham-le-Willows when Obina Ola took advantage of some poor defending to stab home at the far post.
Cornard Dynamos Reds Under-16s improved on their 10-1 defeat to the same team in their 5-1 loss to Colchester Athletic.
The scoreline was not a true reflection with the hosts only having 10 players as well as carrying two injuries.
Athletic raced into a three-goal lead within 25 minutes, but Tom Shuttlewood looped a header over the keeper to get one back five minutes before the break from Jack Martin-Halls’ tempting free-kick.
Dynamos more than held their own until 10 minutes from time when tiredness caused by being a man down took its toll and Athletic added two late on.
Long Melford Colts Under-14s progressed into the next round of the Ipswich and Suffolk Youth League Vase with a Zinzan Forster hat-trick helping complete a 5-1 scoreline over Ipswich Valley Rangers Blues.
Forster had opened the scoring from range and added another just before half-time, while inbetween Rangers had been denied from a Finley Sinclair double save.
A Rangers converted free-kick got them back in the tie before McCracken hit a personal double and Forster completed his treble.
Having played some fantastic football in an evenly-balanced game, Cornard Dynamos Reds Under-11s can count themselves unlucky to end up on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline in their Colchester League match at Stanway Rovers.
Despite going a goal down in the first half against the run of play, Cornard continued to pile on the pressure with some exceptional passing play with notable performances coming from Jake Davey and Alfie Mansell.
This eventually opened up the Stanway defence with a pinpoint Josh Ambrose cross and a stunning Leon Warner header to tie the game before Stanway eventually netted the winning goal.
Cornard Dynamos Blues Under-11s extended their winning run to nine games, with a hard-fought 7-0 win at Stanway Villa Yellows.
With the hosts stubbornly soaking up pressure, it was almost halfway through the opening period before Cornard started to make their domination tell as a deflected Morgan Waldock cross-shot, Lewis Bowen and Jack Hurrell put them 3-0 ahead at half-time.
Goals in the second half followed from Hurrell, doubling his tally for the fourth, Angus Mills and Bowen, for his second of the match, with Kai McKnight rounding off the scoring to preserve their three-point cushion at the top of the table.
AFC Sudbury Lions Under-10s went agonisingly close to doing enough to overturn a first-leg deficit to take their cup semi-final with Needham Market Phoenix Red to penalties.
But in the end their 1-0 win meant they were one goal shy of extending the game, after the whole team put in what the Sudbury Lions manager described as ‘10 out of 10 performances’.
Despite the Lions’ domination, the breakthrough came late on in the first half with Ronan Wright netting from close range.
The second half started as the first, with more attacking from Sudbury and Needham defending bravely to the end to book their place in the final after a nail-biting finish for the home support.