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U16s - Match Report

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(Liz Greening 16/03/2020)

4    Congleton Rovers JFC U16s
2    Barnton

(Match Date: Sunday 8th March 2020)
Congratulations to Congleton Rovers U16s who beat Barnton in 4-2 in the final of the District cup.

In a game where the teams were evenly matched, Barnton got off to a lively start, pressing the Rovers players at every opportunity. It wasn’t until Rovers were awarded a penalty which was confidently converted by Lenny Heap after he was brought down in the box when clean through, that Rovers settled down and started put their game together.

With Mason Hopkins dominant in front of a well drilled back four Rovers always looked dangerous with the extra pace and trickery of Josh Andrew and Joe Eyre

But Rovers were given a scare when Barnton drew level after a well worked long throw caught the Rovers defence napping.

It was not until midway through the second half that Rovers, after some persistent attacking moves, finally managed to nudge themselves in front when a tremendous right footed volley from Joe Eyre smashed into the back of the net leaving the Barnton keeper with no chance.

To their credit, Barnton rallied well after going behind so it felt that the game was always in the balance until Lenny Heap took advantage of some confusion in the Barnton defence, to stab the ball home.

The game was sealed 10 mins from time when Josh Andrew was put through on the left and rifled the ball into the bottom corner past the advancing keeper.

If that goal had sealed the game, someone forgot to tell Barnton who continued to play with great spirit, and their never say die attitude was rewarded with a consolation goal in the closing minutes.

Both teams deserve great credit for producing such a competitive engrossing game worthy of a District Cup Final.