U18’s: Young Stags hit Christchurch for six in a nine goal thriller!
Hampshire County Youth League (U18’s) – Division 1
Sunday 17th February 2:00pm
The Testwood Community Stadium
AFC Totton 6 Christchurch 3
The young Stags won a 9 goal thriller at the Testwood Stadium against Christchurch in today’s Under 18 Division 1 game.
Totton started well and after 8 minutes Josh Carey threaded the ball through to James Matthews, but his shot from inside the box was saved by the keeper. Totton took the lead after 10 minutes when Jack Diaper won the ball inside the Christchurch half & played it forward to Josh Carey. He ran forward, rounded the advancing keeper & fired the ball into the empty goal. Totton came close to doubling the lead after 21 minutes. James Matthews broke forward and picked out Josh Carey, who shot at the keeper from just inside the box.
After 32 minutes Christchurch grabbed an equaliser from a throw in by the corner flag. The ball into the box was knocked down & then hooked past keeper Mitchell Jackson at the near post. The goal spurred the visitors on. After 35 minutes it took a brilliant save by Mitchell Jackson to tip a close range header over the bar. After 40 minutes Sam Richardson ran down the left & crossed to Marco Gashi in the penalty area. He knocked the ball back across to Josh Carey, but his overhead kick went wide.
Half Time: AFC Totton 1-1 Christchurch
A tweak to the young Stags formation saw the second half goal-fest start in the 47th minute. Shahram Jalal picked out James Matthews on the right. His ball into the box picked out Josh Carey who fired home from 12 yards to make it 2-1.Two minutes later Totton were awarded a penalty when James Matthews was brought down inside the box. Josh Carey stepped up to score the penalty & complete his hat trick.
Totton continued to press forward & made it 4-1 on 56 minutes. Patryk Lachowicz saw his 20 yard shot hit the bar & Josh Carey headed home the rebound for his fourth goal of the afternoon. On 68 minutes Totton made it 5-1 when Jack Diaper played the ball inside the box to James Matthews, who shot home from 12 yards out.
Christchurch pulled a goal back on 70 minutes & moments later Jack Diaper went close when he won the ball outside the box but fired just over the bar. After 74 minutes Totton made it 6-2. James Matthews collected the ball on the half way line, ran to the by-line and cut it back to Sam Cattle to fire home.
Christchurch reduced the deficit after 78 minutes when they broke forward & scored, despite strong appeals for offside. In the final 10 minutes, Totton went close when both Shahram Jalal & James Matthews saw shots on target saved by the keeper.
Full Time: AFC Totton 6-3 Christchurch
The young Stags return to action on Thursday evening with a home game against Moneyfields.