Bourne and Chi Colts celebrate cup-final success
Cups are being won and leagues are being sewn up as the youth football season reaches its conclusion in West Sussex.
Here are the latest reports from various cup finals and other matches...
Bourne Sports under-13s won the Saywell International (Arun & Chichester) Youth Football League Invitation Cup final.
Playing Chichester City Colts Red at Arundel FC, Bourne Sports won 1-0 thanks to a late goal by striker Harry Geall with the game running into extra time.
The team and parents thanked managers Jason Mines and Colin Geall for their dedication and efforts this season and thanked sponsor M J Roofing (Sussex) from Bognor.
The Bourne Sports team comprised Alfie Taylor, Harry Geall, Kai Williams, Charlie Broggi, Tommy Farr, Josh Mines, Cian Markie, Aiden McVey, Ollie Seal, Alfie Robinson, Fraser Partridge, Taylor Scott, Jared Pickett, Kane Doe and Tyler Sampson.
Barnham Trojans 2 Chichester City Colts 3 (aet)
Chichester City Colts beat Barnham Trojans in extra-time when they faced them in the Invitation Cup final for the second year on trot.
Trojans thumped Colts 8-1 last year in the final, but what a difference a year can make.
Colts had the better of the first half and both Toby Evans and Taylor Parker were unlucky not to give Colts the lead, while at the other end Charlie Simmons cleared off the line.
In the second half, the Colts took the lead when Taylor Parker finished off a Sam Peake cross. Barnham equalised midway through the half direct from a Liam Brady corner.
Trojans took the lead when George Britton bamboozled the Colts defenders before finishing well. With three minutes left, Lee Clayton headed the ball into the path of Evans, who rocketed in the equaliser from 20 yards.
In the first half of extra time Colts took the lead when Evans played in Taylor Parker, who finished well.
Barnham threw everything at the Colts but could find that elusive equaliser.
There were scenes of jubilation at the final whistle as the Colts lifted the cup.
Men of the match were Evans, Hayden Newton and Rock Rochester, who put their bodies on the line to win this cup final.
COLTS: Williams, Newton, Angel, Rochester, Simmons, Watkins, Main, Nicol, W Parker, Evans, T Parker, J Jones, S Jones, Hamblin, Peake, Clayton.
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Barnham under-15s are having a good season – they are going well in the league, reached the last eight of the County Cup and have reached the Challenge Cup final at Arundel this Sunday (4.30pm).
They thanked kit sponsors Wright Joinery and AB repairs and Sussex Police for sponsoring the training kit. And they have wished the Rocks all the best for their FA Trophy semi-final against Grimsby.
Bognor under-18 footballers Charlie Williamson and Fintan Walsh played a big part in steering the Sussex Schools under-16 county representative team into the national final of the Inter County Schools Cup, which will be played in a professional club stadium.
Williamson is a student at Chichester High School for Boys while Walsh goes to school in Worthing, and both boys have been regularly playing above their age group for Bognor’s Pebbles in the Ryman Youth League this season.
Sussex beat Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Somerset in previous rounds before beating Humberside in the semi-final to make the final for the second time.
Pagham 1 Burgess Hill 1
Pagham came to rue their missed chances in the first half as league leaders Burgess Hill came from behind to share the points.
It was end to end in the opening 20 minutes with Pagham just edging the play. The first real chance on goal fell to Pagham’s Charlie Selby, who headed just over. George Bingham shot just wide minutes later.
Pagham’s goal came on 32 minutes when a darting run and cross by Alex Burford was met by Jake Stanley, who rifled the ball home for his seventh of the season.
The second half began with Pagham dominating but on the hour the visitors scored on the break when a long ball over the top caught out the home defence.
Pagham looked for the winning goal but found the visiting keeper in superb form.
This result leaves both sides still unbeaten in the league.
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