Our latest round-up of our local under-18 football teams features wins for Chichester City’s two teams and for Barnham and Midhurst.
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Chichester City 5 Worthing 3
THIS was an eagerly-awaited clash of the only two teams in the division with 100 per cent records.
Chi put out an experienced side but found themselves a goal down early on when Worthing scored against the run of play.
They did not panic and a goal came when Jono Tallent headed in powerfully from a corner.
Soon a shot from Alex Ansa was saved but the ball came back to Tallent, who adjusted well to strike the ball into the bottom corner.
Chi’s third was another powerful header this time from captain Matt Boulton from a corner.
After the break, Chi were caught out when a slack pass out of defence was returned quickly and it was 3-2.
Chi continued to press and were rewarded with a goal from Ansa to make it 4-2.
Worthing were awarded a penalty when Oliver Gilbert brought down a player in the box and it was converted.
But on the restart a moment of brilliance from Johan Vandriel had the whole ground applauding. From the centre spot, Vandriel received a short pass from Ansa, took one touch and launched the ball towards goal.
Vandriel had been quick to notice the Worthing keeper was off his line and executed the perfect lob from the halfway line. The ball just dipped under the bar and ins.
The win saw Chichester keep their 100 per cent record and remain unbeaten at the top.
CITY: Beauvoisin, Gilbert, Boulton, Lynch, Lillywhite, Pattison (Osman), Chittock, Tallent, Pope, Vandriel (Perry), Ansa-MciIntyre (Mulenga).
Arundel 0 Chichester City 7
Another change of line-up for Chi under-18s gave players some match time - and once again it paid off.
In came promising duo Chris Honeysett and Cian Tilley up front to test the Arundel defence. They did not disappoint, with Honeysett hitting the post and Tilley going close a couple of times.
It fell to in-form midfielder Johan Vandriel to break the deadlock and settle the team. The score remained 1-0 at the break.
A change of formation and a change of tactics paid dividends as Chi scored further goals from Mitchell Pope and Matt Boulton. They lost centre-back Josh Lynch with a knee injury and Luke Lorimer came on at left-back but Chi continued to press.
Further strikes from midfielders Jono Tallent and Ryan Chittock saw the game safe. Hard-working Honeysett deserved a goal but was replaced with Romeo Mulenga - but not before he had a chance to rattle the post again.
Vandriel finished off a good week for him and the under-18s with a fine strike from distance to close the game out at 7-0 to Chi.
CITY: Beauvoisin, Gilbert, Boulton, Lynch (Lorimer), Lillywhite, Tallent, Chittock, Vandriel, Pope, Honeysett (Mulenga), Tilley.
Chi’s next game is away to Bournemouth Poppies in the FA Youth Cup tonight.
Chichester City Colts 3 Horsham Sparrows 0
Both teams came into this game undefeated in the league with Colts having more than 11 players available for the first time this season.
The first half was very tight but Colts broke the deadlock when Jacob West latched on to Chaz Richardson’s through-ball to unleash a thunderbolt shot into the top corner.
The score was 1-0 at half-time thanks to Colts keeper Alex Dodsworth keeping up his good form with a fingertip save from underneath the crossbar.
Both teams made changes at half-time with Nabil Chaudury returning for Colts after several seasons out.
Colts snuffed out Horsham’s charges down the flanks and West capitalised on Dodsworth’s long clearance from goal and an uncharacteristic error in Horsham’s defence to roll the ball into an empty net.
Colts breached Horsham’s defence again when West’s tenacity deep on the left wing enabled him to rob a defender, turn and lob the Horsham keeper for a deserved hat-trick.
Horsham kept on pressing with Dodsworth continuing to thwart their every attempt to put Colts top of division A.
COLTS: Dodsworth, W Richardson, Dennis, Dodd, Fudge, C Richardson, Cane, Porter, McLaughlin, Gallop, West, Chaudury.
Barnham Trojans 2 Lancing Youth 1
Lancing were fastest out of the blocks and had a number of chances in the opening minutes.
Barnham began to warm to their task and somewhat against the run of play, striker Braden Kenny latched on to a through-ball from Matt Mitchell. On a determined run on goal while fending off the defender, he managed to strike the ball home low and hard with the outside of this left foot leaving the keeper stranded.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Lancing starting the stronger and Barnham slowly taking control. It was no surprise when a series of passes on the edge of the Lancing area saw Rob Hutchings drive a low rasping shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner.
Lancing upped their game once again and were rewarded with a fine strike into the roof of the net, but they couldn’t deny Barnham their first win of the season.
BARNHAM: Gough, Foster, Spear, Wallis, Brett, Owers, Hutchings, Mitchell, Kenny, Gooding, Mugford, Subs Richards, Read, Wilson.
Horndean Hawks 1 Midhurst & Easebourne 2
Sam Beesley opened the scoring for Midhurst on 15 minutes after good work by Shawn Chenery. Then with five minutes left in the first half, Midhurst were awarded a free-kick. George Burnett took it and following a rebound, Matt Greer scored with an amazing overhead kick.
The second half was scrappy and full of free-kicks, cards and sendings-off. Horndean got one back with 15 minutes left, then upped their game looking for an equaliser at every opportunity.
With two minutes left, all hell broke loose and Midhurst keeper Paddy Cowell and George Burnett were sent off for second yellows. Jay Garfield took the keeper’s shirt and faced the penalty awarded to Horndean.
Garfield dived to the right leaving his trailing left foot to clear the ball and give Midhurst a deserved away win.
MIDHURST: Cowell, Harris, Largan, McPhilemy, Hayter, Chiverton, Greer, Garfield, Roberts, Beesley, Dowdell, Burnett, Chenery.