Aztec Blues secure London Cup final spot
PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 February 2017
Under-12s hope for silver lining to season
Aztec Blues under-12s booked a place in the final fo the London Cup with a 3-1 extra-time win over Kent’s Glebe Tigers.
Captain Alex Kerr was a constant threat in a goalless first half, before Glebe broke the deadlock.
Harry Penn sent two shots just wide in reply, while Callum Morris saw a free-kick tipped onto the crossbar.
Harrison Casey, Thomas Anderson and keeper Louie Apicella denied Glebe on the counter, before the visitors were reduced to 10 men with 10 minutes left.
And Aztec forced the extra period with two mintes to go when Morris headed in off a post from a Jude Jones corner.
Titas Sveikauskas and Isaac Sijuade then added further goals to send Aztec through to a meeting with Mid-Herts League outfit Ryan on March 12 and the club, founded in 1970, will be hoping to end on a high note before disbanding this summer.
Aztec: Thomas Anderson, Isaac Sijuade, Callum Morris, Louie Apicella, Harrison Casey, Titas Sveikauskas, Alex Kerr, Jude Jones, Harry Penn.
*Byron Red Star Eagles under-sevens ran out 5-2 winners over Top Tekkers in a friendly.
Liam Battrum’s well-taken goal, after good work by Lennie Nicholson, put them in front and Owen Hutchinson beat two defenders to slot a second into the bottom corner.
Tekkers hit back, but Battrum finished off a good move to make it 3-1 at half time and Louie King’s great pass set up Leo Leborgne for a fourth after the restart.
After conceding a second to a breakaway, Byron keeper George London made a superb double save and Battrum curled a shot into the top corner to complete his hat-trick.
Byron: London (mom), King, Nicholson, Leborgne, Hutchinson, Battrum.
*Harold Wood Athletic’s trip to Essex Olympian League neighbours Harold Hill fell foul of the weather last weekend.
But they will look to get back on track when they visit Premier Division rivals Manford Way tomorrow (Saturday, 2pm).
The reserves and A team were also hit by postponements, but the B team visited leaders Emeronians and fell to a 2-0 loss.
Wood’s vets were 3-1 winners at Sungate thanks to two goals from Scott Williams and another from Richie Whiteman and now have a four-point lead at the top of the table.
And Steve Hubbard, Tony Burke and Adam Finney were all on target for the vets reserves as they beat leaders Valley Green by the same scoreline.