Youth Football: Hutton twice come from behind to beat Essex Minors (Hornchurch) in Essex under-12s Cup final
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 May 2016
Mikey Cartwright | Ponderosa Pix
Essex under-12s Cup final: Hutton 4 Essex Minors (Hornchurch) 2
Hutton manager Rob Abbott was beaming from ear to ear after watching his team defeat Essex Minors (Hornchurch) 4-2 in the final of the Essex under-12s Cup.
The encounter, which took place at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Field, proved to be a fitting conclusion to the season as Hutton twice fought back from a goal down before finally pulling clear of their spirited opponents in the last 15 minutes.
“We went 1-0 down after a minute to the first attack of the game and dragged it back, but then we went 2-1 down and we came back again,” said Abbott. “What a header that was from a corner — fantastic!
“I tried to make as many changes as I could to make sure everybody got a fair crack of the whip, but I thought it was the right result. I didn’t think our goalkeeper had much to do, and their keeper was far busier.”
When EMH took the lead inside the 1st minute, it did not initially look like it was going to be a fairytale finish to the season for Abbott’s squad and just 40 seconds had passed when a raking Finlay Shipp pass was controlled by Sam Oskis and steered beyond Joe Jennings.
Crucially, Hutton took just two minutes to respond, with James Abbott providing a right-wing corner for livewire centre forward Connor Gregan to prod through a crowded penalty area from ten yards out to level the scores.
The second half began in much the same vein as the first, with EMH taking the lead for a second time after Ethan Charlette exchanged passes with Alex Hearn on the edge of the penalty area and then stroked the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 2-1.
On this occasion, Hutton took three minutes to restore parity, with Tommy Fennessy responsible for delivering a right-wing flag kick to the near post, where Cameron Bak met the ball with an outstanding, angled header.
From that moment, Abbott’s side didn’t look back and took the lead for the first time in the 48th minute through Gregan, who latched onto a misplaced pass 25 yards from goal and showcased his individual ability, slaloming through a couple of challenges before slotting home
“Connor, up front, was outstanding today,” claimed Abbott, who saw his side dominate the closing stages. “He was a real thorn in their side for the whole game and got two goals. He’s so fast and he never gives up on a lost cause. He’s got that ability to unsettle people, and he did that in spades today.”
Hutton finally added a modicum of comfort to the scoreline two minutes from the end when a left-wing corner was worked to the edge of the penalty area and James Abbott stuck out a right boot to guide the ball into the top right-hand corner.
“I’m delighted,” declared boss Abbott, having seen his club become the first to lift the Under 12s Cup silverware on multiple occasions. “We brought five new players in at the beginning of the season and they’ve gelled very well.
“It took a little while to do that but, when they play, like you saw today, they’re a real handful.”
Essex Minors (Hornchurch) (Falcons): Sam Munroe, Max Stratford, James Jenkins, Nathan Duke, Finlay Shipp, Jaiden Buntin, Sam Oskis, Alex Hearn, Ethan Charlette. Substitutes (repeated): Charlie Allen, Harry Joyner, Kieran Young, Bobby Powell, Addison Barber
Hutton (Reds): Joe Jennings, Ollie Portway, Cameron Bak, Will Reed, James Abbott, George Handley, Charlie Ford, Jack Boyd, Bobby Dailly. Substitutes (repeated): Freddie King, Sam Carter, Connor Gregan, Tommy Fennessy