Chichester City’s cup glory bid falls at final hurdle

Chichester City's under-18s
Chichester City's under-18s

A cup-final defeat for Chichester City and another win for Bosham, over Seslsey, are included in our latest under-18 football round-up.

Burgess Hill Youth 3 Chichester City Youth 0

Under-18 Sussex County Cup

CHICHESTER City fell at the final hurdle as Burgess Hill Youth beat them to lift the U18 Sussex County Cup for the second successive season at Lancing.

Although the Hillians went into the game slight favorites they were under no illusions just how strong previously-unbeaten Chichester would be.

Both teams had chances early on but the deadlock was broken on 35 minutes when Harley Button swung in a superb corner that was met by Hill’s Luke Donaldson who headed home in great style.

Chichester would have levelled had it not been for a string of superb saves from Hill keeper Tom Betts.

On 38 minutes Button put Hill two up after a passing move involving several players. Kit Tregear saw his shot saved and the ball found its way to Button on the edge of the box and he curled in a great shot.

The second half saw the Hill goal called into action on several occasions. Chichester were strong and Hill were made to work hard.

It took until the 85th minute for the Hillians to seal victory as Button unleashed a fierce shot from the edge of the box that flew past the helpless Chichester keeper.

CHICHESTER: W Burrows, C McGreal, T Bigwood, R Madden, C Cody, A Barton, T Lynch, T Groom, M Forry, O Bugiel, J Manners, C Heath, O Lotten, J Snow, T Cowell.

In the Sussex U18s League, Chichester won 8-1 at Forest. Scorers were R Madden (3), T Bigwood (2), M Forry, T Groom and J Manners.

Bosham 3 Selsey Seals 1

Following their Invitation Cup win, Bosham got back to league duties with a tough game against Selsey Seals.

Will Burch and James Adams started up front and started to cause problems with height and pace.

Bosham took the lead when James Adams slotted home after his first shot was blocked. Ten minutes later a great cross from Adil Rahman was met by Burch, who dived in to head home.

Tim Callen rose to head in Bosham’s third from a corner taken by Tyler Todd.

In the second half Selsey tried to nab a goal but solid defensive work prevented it. Bosham brought on Charlie Hawes, Rob Hayler and Jack Antony. Twenty minutes from time, Tyler Todd was brought down just outside the area. The free-kick was played to Jack Antony who shot just wide.

With three minutes left Selsey pulled a goal back.

Man of the match was Justin d’Agar.

Bosham host Pagham this Sunday at Walton Lane (11am).

BOSHAM: Fewell, d’Agar, Andrews, Merrick, Brown, Rahman, Carter, Callen, Todd, Burch, Adams, Hawes, Hayler, Antony.