U18’s Edged out in seven goal thriller!
Hampshire County Youth League (U18’s) – Division 1
Sunday 2nd September 2:00pm
The Testwood Community Stadium
AFC Totton 3 – 4 Winchester City
The young Stags began their league campaign on the wrong end of a 7-goal thriller at home to Winchester City. Although Totton dominated the early exchanges, it was City who took the lead after 10 minutes from the penalty spot. The City striker was bundled over from behind as he ran into the box.
Despite the setback, Totton hit back and created several chances, although none were on target. At the back, a disciplined Totton defence worked hard under the direction of captain Tyler Beech.
On 30 minutes, Totton had a goal disallowed for a controversial offside decision. James Matthews deep free kick was headed back across goal by Luke Betteridge & Matt Wotton was denied by the assistant’s flag after knocking the ball in.
Totton scored a deserved equaliser on 35 minutes. Shahram Jalal blocked a clearance then found Matt Wotton who stroked the ball home from just inside the penalty box.
Half Time: AFC Totton 1-1 Winchester City
Totton started the second half strongly and took the lead on 53 minutes with some neat flowing football. Shahram Jalal found James Matthews halfway inside the City half and his through ball allowed Josh Carey to run on and shoot past the keeper.
Totton continued to dominate the game with the industrious Jack Diaper working hard in midfield. After 60 minutes of the game gone, Totton made it 3-1. Some good passing in midfield allowed Josh Carey to play the ball up to Matt Wotton 30 yards from goal. He flicked the ball first time over his head allowing James Matthews to burst into the box and fire past the keeper.
On 71 minutes Oscar Clark denied City with a point blank save, before the ball was cleared to safety by Tyler Beech. However, Totton were then undone by 2 free-kicks in the space of 10 minutes.
City pulled a goal back on 72 minutes when a 25-yard free kick was fired over keeper Oscar Clark. City then equalised on 81 minutes, when they were awarded a freekick 20 yards out to the left edge of the penalty area. The ball was drilled low past the wall and into the far corner of the net.
With only 5 minutes remaining, City scored the winning goal from a corner. While attempting to claim the ball, Totton’s keeper Oscar Clark was injured. With the keeper laying on the ground, City took full advantage and tucked the ball away during the goalmouth scramble.
Full Time: AFC Totton 3-4 Winchester City.