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Notts U16 Boys report

Semi-final triumph for Notts U16 Boys Squad

Nottinghamshire U16 2-2 Merseyside U16 (aet)

Notts win 4-3 on penalties.

After a good journey and a stop off at Anfield and Goodison Park, Nottinghamshire Under 16s kicked off the national semi-final game against Merseyside at the Liverpool Soccer Centre. Immediately from the kick off, Notts played a long ball forward for the strikers to chase down and it was Ross McParland who latched onto the ball first and slotted it away from a tight angle to put the visitors ahead after just 22 seconds.

Minutes later Notts had another great chance when Jimmy Rafferty gathered a long throw from Jake Wright but unluckily his shot came back off the bar. From then on Merseyside began to take hold of the game and unsurprisingly drew level midway through the first half after a good long ball released the home side’s target man who slotted the ball home despite furious calls for offside from the Nottingham faithful.

The boys went into half time at 1-1 feeling very hard done by the decision and their feelings were not improved in the second half when Merseyside took the lead following a clear handball from a player in the build up but the Nottinghamshire group proved why they have got to the last four stage by never giving in.

Several changes were created and it was substitute James Gale who drew the Notts boys level with a superb touch to lift the ball over the home keeper. As the game progressed both sets of players gave absolutely everything and carried the effort on into extra time. The last bit of drama before penalties came as a red card was shown to a Merseyside player for a deliberate late kick on Dylan Peet.

It was then down to keeper Owen Broadley to turn hero in the penalty shot out. Owen superbly saved Merseyside’s first penalty before Ross McParland, Max Taylor, Richard Wynder and Jake Wright all slotted their penalties away confidently. It was down to the fifth Merseyside penalty taker to keep the home side in it but he struck the ball over the bar to spark wild celebrations from the Notts boys. The team spirit and strength was clearly shown as all sixteen players in the squad took some part in the game on the night and did the County proud.

Onto the final !!

Sam Stretton – Management Team

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