YOUTH FOOTBALL: Crawley United U16s reach County Cup final again

Sussex County champions Crawley Utd U15s SUS-140325-122035002
Sussex County champions Crawley Utd U15s SUS-140325-122035002

Crawley United U16s are looking to defend the Sussex County title after beating Hove Rivervale in the semi-final of this year’s County Cup.

It was a repeat of last year’s semi in which Crawley faced Hove away in what, again, was a much anticipated game.

It was a tight affair in a very high tempo game. Crawley had the majority of the chances, although Hove always looked dangerous, but just not in the final third.

It was Crawley’s Sam Murrell-Lemon who scored a wonder goal in the 85th minute to seal the victory and send Crawley through to the final for the second year running.

Crawley have yet to concede a goal in the County Cup and they hope to continue that in the Final, when they face Hollingbury Hawks on March 1.

Three Bridges Surrey Youth Under-14s Colts team continued to climb to the top of Division One with a good 5-3 win over lowly placed Sheen Lions Pride.

The first half ended at 1-1 with Luke Scott scoring, but there were many more chances to put the Colts further ahead.

Early into second half, Bradley Campbell-Francis made it 2-1 and Sheen Pride Lions scored straight from the restart getting it back level at 2-2.

Sayif Ahmed scored from the penalty spot for 3-2. Mohammed Ainine scored a header from a corner making the score 4-2 before Bradley Campbell-Francis scored a second to put the result beyond doubt at 5-2.

Sheen Pride Lions got a late penalty for 5-3 but there was still time for a goalline clearance by Sheen Lions Pride to deny Campbell-Francis his hat-trick.

Morgan Hayward was named as Player of the Match.

A narrow 3-2 home defeat was inflicted on the Mid-Sussex Under 14 Youth team by Division Three leaders Cuckfield Cosmos United who they play again away next week.

Adama Gaye scored one goal with the other one being an own goal.

Hove Park Colts defeated Bridges Under-13s 2-1 in the Sussex Sunday League which keeps the Colts team rooted to the bottom of Division One, but with several games in hand.

The only goal for the home side was scored by substitute Luca Stone.