STFC U18’s go down on penalties …

Staines Town U18 1-1 Barnet (AET) – Jeff Ritson Middlesex Senior Youth Cup Final – Barnet win 6-5 on penalties.

This was Staines Town second Jeff Ritson Cup Final in 2 years having reached the final six times they have failed to win this trophy they were looking to change that history against Barnet. Barnet had started the better in the first half with the first shot of the game from Benji Aghadiuno on the edge of the box blazing over Julian Schwarzer’s goal in the first 2 minutes. Barnet went close again in the 10th minute with a surging run from young Rio Connell only to have his shot saved from the fingertips of Schwarzer to tip it over the bar. Barnet were looking to shoot on sight in the first half with attempts from EJ Mensah, Arale Mohammed and Rio Connell but not troubling Schwarzer in goal. As the game went on Barnet grabbed their goal with a shot from Tobi Adaje inside the edge of the box which took a deflection and went past Schwarzer in the 34th minute. 4 minutes later Staines nearly equalised with a great run down the wing from Nebay Haile which he whipped in a low cross for Hector Earley to meet only for the Barnet Keeper to block the shot with his feet and get back up to save Elliot Baptiste’s shot from the rebound. Just on the stroke of half time Staines went close again with Michael Dwane-Holden striking the ball on the edge of the box only for Charlie Busby in the Barnet goal to parry wide once again. Second half Staines gave everything they could and looked the better team as the game went on, in the 71st minute Nebay Haile went close with a low driven effort from 25 yards out which just fell wide of the post. 79th minute Staines’ luck didn’t change following a free kick from Arberi Bregu which the Barnet keeper flapped at which allowed Charlie Brown to strike the ball back across goal only for Michael Dwane-Holden to miss the ball from 5 yards out with a chance to pull it level. Then came another inviting free-kick this time Nebay Haile’s shot from around the six yard box to be cleared off the line so agonisingly close! Staines’ luck looked to be running out until the deep into the 3rd minute of stoppage time a Arberi Bregu cross from outwide wasn’t dealt with by the Barnet defence and who else but Nebay Haile to nod home at the back post to pull it level and send the game to extra time. First half of extra time was very close to call but an excellent save from Julian Schwarzer to deny Rio Connell one on one kept things at balance. Second half of extra time and both teams were pushing to get that goal that would surely win them the game. In the 111th minute the ball fell to Michael Dwane-Holden who volleyed his shot only for the ball to hit the post, then Miki Kaladjiski had his shot cleared off the line again from the rebound. Barnet were really riding their luck towards the end and the post came to their saviour. The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and it was all down to penalties:

ST: Miki Kaladjski scores B: Greg Adinna scores ST: Charlie Brown scores B: Roy Syla scores ST: Arberi Bregu misses B: Antonni Vasiliou misses ST: Elliot Baptiste scores B: EJ Mensah scores ST: Nebay Haile scores B: Rio Connell scores ST: Julian Schwarzer scores B: Dan Emovon scores ST: Joe Tuck misses B: Kofi Anoyke-Boadi scores

Barnet win 6-5 on penalties.

Lineup: Julian Schwarzer (GK), Hector Earley, Jack Vincent, George Smith (c), Milos Vukasinovic, Joe Tuck, Rhys Jones, Michael Dwane-Holden, Nebay Haile, Elliot Baptiste, Charlie Brown. Subs: Arberi Bregu (Jack Vincent 76′), Sam Woolford (GK), Miki Kaladjski (Rhys Jones 105′), Mack Miskin (Michael Dwane-Holden 116′), Drilon Ibrahimi

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