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Night of high drama in youth league cup finals

19 May, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

The mayor with St John’s Wood Under-16s

THERE was no end to the drama on Friday as scores of teams desperately hoping to get their hands on silverware gathered at Market Road for a big cup finals night in the Camden and Islington Youth Football League.

Karl Bricks in action for Primrose Hill Under-9s

The nail-biting tension was gripping from the sound of the very first whistle as the Under-9s Alan Michael Browne Cup final between Sapo Verde and Primrose Hill went to penalties.

Cup kings: a triumphant Sapo Verde Under-9s side

Mally Bailey looked to have won it for Sapo Verde in normal time, but when Primrose Hill equalised to make it 1-1 there was only one way to settle the pulsating tie.

Camden Elite Under-13s

In the end Luke Gregory, Luke Williams and Ryan Mulvihill all scored as Sapo Verde won the shoot-out 3-2.

 AC United Spartans Under-14s

Goalkeepers from both teams covered themselves in glory, with Sapo shot-stopper Alex Achermann-Stanfield earning the player-of-the-match award, just edging out his opposing number, Karl Bricks, who was equally outstanding between the sticks.

Alex Achermann-Stanfield stars for Sapo Verde Under-9s

Two goals each from Oscar Daniel and Charlie Preus saw Camden Elite wrap up a league and cup double by beating European Football Academy 4-3 to win the Under-13s Henry Hicks Challenge Cup.

With new Islington mayor, Cllr Una O’Halloran, and deputy mayor, Cllr Dave Poyser, cheering on all the teams pitch-side, there was still plenty of time for star players to step out of the shadows and make themselves into heroes.

Jacob Black and Zak Gaunt of St John’s Wood Under-16s

Striker Joe Day didn’t need a second invitation as he scored a hat-trick to lead AC United Spartans to glory in the Under-14s cup final.

Josh Scott-Collins also scored as United ran out 4-2 victors against CM Futsal.

Joe Day of AC United Under-14s

In their last ever game in the league, the Under-16s teams from St John’s Wood and Fusion played out a thrilling finale as their cup contest ended 1-1.

Goalkeeper Jacob Black produced the goods, making some smart saves as St John’s Wood won 3-1 on penalties. Zak Gaunt, Patrick Mallucci and Dennis Shah all successfully converted their spot kicks.

Man-of-the-match Gaunt had earlier scored with a stunning free-kick while Ellis Cunningham was on target for Fusion.

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