18/5/2017 - Wotton Printers U16 Boys County Cup Final Match Report - SB Frankfort Youth 6 - 8 (ET) Roselands Youth - Coach Road, Newton Abbot
This was the final County Cup Final of the 2016/17 season and the young men from Plymouth and Torbay certainly saved the best till last with both teams being involved in a 14 goal thriller.
The 7:30pm kick off at Coach Road at County HQ was lined up with SB Frankfort Youth from the DJM League and Roselands Youth from the Pioneer Youth League, both top of their representative leagues.
SB Frankfort started on the front foot with impressive, intricate football, passing their way through the Roselands midfield and defence, yet it was the lightning pace of Philip Corvisieri for Roselands on the counter attack catching the eye.
And, it only took until the second minute for Corvisieri to break the deadlock and make it 1-0 to the boys in red as he coolly steps past the oncoming keeper to fire the ball into an empty net.
Roselands became the side on the ascendency and unluckily hit the post only two minutes after their first goal, as Matt Warman was left unmarked at the back post and struck his shot against the frame of the goal.
This didn’t hamper the SB Frankfort youngsters, as they maintained their passing mentality and with supreme accuracy and skill, Jack Langford equalised for SB in the fifth minute, played through cleverly by Ellis Sandel-Dungey it was left to Langford to smash it home to make it 1-1.
The equaliser gave SB Frankfort a new lease of life so early on in the game, yet for the next 20 minutes both sides were left frustrated through the abilities of the keepers in net, as any testing strike on goal was stopped.
Until, the 27th minute, as that man, Philip Coriviseri, weaved and dodged his way through the Frankfort defence, found himself one-on-one with the keeper and side footed the ball swiftly into the bottom left corner to regain the lead for his side – 2-1 to Roselands.
The lead was then stretched further, as Tyler Littlejohns for Roselands sprinted onto a through ball by Warman, he cheekily flicked the moving ball into the corner of the net, making it 3-1 to the young men for Roselands Youth.
Then, out of nowhere, Lee Robinson for SB Frankfort produced one of the finest finishes of the game in the 33rd minute, as a drilled crossed found Robinson 12 yards out and he nonchalantly side foots the cross on the half volley into the top corner to make it 3-2 before half time.
It was tight and cagey for the last 5 minutes of the first half and the whistle blew to indicate the end of the halves proceedings.
As the referee blew his whistle to indicate the start of the second half Roselands Youth started quick out of the blocks, with only three minutes on the clock Corvisieri completely his hat trick after a superb display of speed, determination, skill and finesse, driving at the SB defence he cut inside two defenders and fired a low, powerful shot into the bottom right corner, again Roselands lead 4-2.
However, the story of the match continue, as SB Frankfort replied almost immediately, Matt Warman tricking his way through the Roselands backline, rounding the keeper on the floor and passed it into an empty net – making it 4-3 with half an hour to go.
The game then hit a slight lull, with both opposition tiring slightly after the most frantic 45 minutes of a county cup final we’ve ever had.
But, the scoring didn’t stop for too long, as Peter Tippett who’d only been on the pitch for two minutes headed in from five yards from a Philip Corvisieri cross. That made it 5-3, it felt like Roselands Youth had one hand on the U16 County Cup and SB seemed doomed to pull it back.
Nevertheless, like all great events, the entertainment didn’t stop there in the 71st minute, as Conor O’Hanlan, centre-half for SB stayed up from a corner which had been cleared, however a spill from the keeper allowed O’Hanlan to run in and smack the ball into the roof the net from five yards – it was incredible scenes as it seemed life had been put back into the SB Youth.
And, with only five minutes to go until the final whistle, there was absolute chaos of celebrations on the pitch and in the stand from the Plymouth faithful. Harding with the corner for SB swung in a fierce cross and the bouncing ball ricocheted of a Roselands player and feel into the back of the net – the score was then 5-5 with two minutes left of normal time.
The full 80 minutes didn’t have anymore chances after the equaliser and the full time whistle blew – teams, players, managers and supporters had a few minutes to re-energise as it was 20 minutes of extra time.
The whistle blew to commence extra time, the young lads seemed to find an extra gear as they were determined to win the U16 county trophy.
And three minutes into it, Joe Massey for Roselands Youth produced a strike worthy of winning any final, as the ball dropped to his right foot, 20 yards out and bamboozled the ball into the top right corner – 6-5 to Roselands Youth.
It had become more than a football game as the skill, joy, determination and pure entertainment turned it into something special.
If the game couldn’t get any crazier, SB Frankfort Youth then charged up the field only two minutes later, broke into the penalty area and a strike on goal hit Joe Thomas of Roselands on the arm – the referee pointed to the spot and awarded SB Frankfort a penalty, Lee Robinson stepped up and coolness personified he passed it into the goal to make it 6-all.
Half time in extra time rang around Coach Road and the scenes of happiness, elation and excitement was becoming unbearable.
As both teams trotted back onto the pitch, the whistle blew to commence the final 10 minutes of the most pulsating County Cup Final ever seen.
Two minutes into it, Roselands Youth were making sure that the trophy was going home with them as Tyler Littlejohns meet his head from a corner and delightfully glanced the ball into the bottom left corner and it sparked immense celebrations for the boys in the red.
The final was then game, set and match as the goalkeeper for SB Frankfort made his way up for a free kick with only two minutes to go, the resulting cross was dealt with and a 40 yard dash and sprint by Man of the Match, Philip Corvisieri, made sure they were crowned winners by finishing off a wonderful run with the goalkeeper nowhere in sight.
The most enthralling County Cup Final ended and Roselands Youth were named Wotton Printers U16 Boys County Cup Winners – defeating SB Frankfort Youth 8-6.
Man of the Match – Philip Corvisieri (Roselands Youth)
Thank you all that attended Coach Road for this incredible night of football – you can watch all the highlights of the game by clicking the link here.
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