Young Stags through to semi-final!
Great news!!! Somebody has come forward to cover our U18’s for the rest of this season! His name is Harry Yeadon, Harry is a young student from Eastleigh. He very kindly attended last nights floodlit cup semi final at the Snows Stadium and sent us his report (below).
AFC Totton U18s (2) – (1) Havant & Waterlooville U18s –
Quarter final Floodlit Cup
AFC Totton U18s made it to the quarter final of the floodlit cup after a strong 4-1 win over Hartley Wintney Youth U18 in the previous round. Totton came into this game in good form, currently top of the pile in division 1 losing only once all season. Their opponents H&W made it a good match at the Snows Stadium and were unlucky not to take the game further than 90 minutes.
Totton started the game brightly after a long ball from the back nearly slipped in the pacey Crotty just thirty seconds in who failed to reach it, a sign of things to come for the young Stags. A tackle early in the first half between Hitchings and the H&W midfielder took its toll on the stags captain who came off later on in the half, giving his armband to Erdinc, a big blow for Totton losing a key man early on.
Totton nearly made the breakthrough in the 13th minute when Crotty rolled his man and got his shot away, forcing the keeper into a great save tipping it onto the post and keeping his side from going 1-0 down.
On the 20th minute, T Gibson played Johnson in on goal with a great pass, but the Totton forward put his shot just wide. The strike force of Totton was proving to be too much for the Havant defense, Johnson causing problems again; beating two defenders after some good skill and putting his shot narrowly wide.
After knocking on the door, Totton finally made the breakthrough with a goal from Johnson. After a long ball out from the Totton defense, the H&W defender lets it bounce giving Johnson a chance to nip in and steal the ball, after a burst of pace the space opened up for a shot into the bottom left corner from around 25 yards, giving his side a deserved 1-0 lead.
The H&W number 9 was looking dangerous for his side throughout the half, nearly equalising if not for a smart save down to his left from Collins.
Just before halftime, the Stags had a big chance to go into the break 2-0 up; after a fantastic cross from M Gibson found Johnson in the box who’s effort was so unlucky hitting the bar from close range. The rebound fell to a Totton player who couldn’t convert.
HALFTIME // 1-0 AFC TOTTON
After the restart, H&W came out determined for an equalizer, and the number 9 nearly found it after rolling his defender and hitting a hard shot just over the bar.
On the hour mark, Totton had a golden opportunity for their second after some great battling from Twynham winning the ball back and playing Crotty in 1-on-1 with the keeper, but the Stags striker rushed his chance and ballooned it over.
Just ten minutes later, Crotty made up for his miss with some great work down the left, beating his man and getting to the by-line to cutback to the on-rushing Hitchings (subbed back on) who made it 2-0 with a side footed shot.
An instant reply from H&W made the final ten minutes a bit more nervy for Totton, after giving away possession to the H&W striker who’s shot was parried into the path of the number 10 who tucked it away, getting his side straight back into the game. 2-1.
Some good defending from the whole Totton back four meant they rode out 2-1 winners and are through to the semi-final of the Floodlit cup; where they will play Winchester City U18s.
Written by Harry Yeadon.