Depleted Ifield Galaxy Rain Under-12s beat Copthorne Youth 2-1 in the Horsham Youth League.
Despite being a player short, Ifield’s Ali Kuyateh converted a shot to take a 1-0 lead.
Just before half-time Copthorne pressed very hard to create and scored making it 1-1 at half-time.
This set-up a nerve-jangling 30 minutes of football and after a gruelling second half with some really tired legs and great defensive play from the Rain boys, Kuyateh scored a brace with a great goal making it 2-1.
This sealed victory and meant they were crowned league champions with two games in hand.
This showed brilliant perseverance with an eight-man team making them a credit to Crawley youth football.
Ifield’s success is all the more remarkable as they are playing against players who are more than a year older than themselves in most cases.
Special congratulations to the hard-working coaches; Dave Bishop and Jordan Clements.
Ifield Galaxy Rain U12s: Ethan Linstead (GK), Jack Charman, Harvey Griffiths, Charlie Farrell, Deren Bedir, Ali Kuyateh, Tom Hearn, Lee Walters