Binfield FC U18s 0 Maidenhead United FC U18s 1By Colin Byers
May 10, 2012
Binfield's oustanding Allied Counties Youth Football League Cup run ended in disappointment at the final hurdle on Tuesday night as they narrowly lost to league champions Maidenhead at Hanwell Town.
After 85 minutes of end-to-end football, with the Moles enjoying the upper hand for long spells, only a 30-yard wonder goal from Johnny Giles could separate the sides.
The Moles were the equal of their opponents across the park, but Maidenhead almost took the lead with five minutes gone, but Dale Wright’s fine volley was headed off the line by Jordan Rowland.
Binfield, though, soon started to settle.
Josh Tighe’s ball across the face of goal was just missing the finishing touch, Lewis Wiggins only narrowly missed the target and then Jake Butler’s first-time shot from Seb Bowerman’s pull back was well saved by Michael Pearce in the Maidenhead goal.
Pearce was also on hand to deny both Bowerman and Tighe, while at the other end, Ryan Debattista was a real threat, and forced a very good stop from Charlie Lusty as the first half ended goalless.
Dan Hayward was narrowly close to giving Binfield the lead soon after the break, and just before the hour mark, Rowland’s vicious 25-yarder whistled just past the post.
United’s threat soon began to increase, though, and Lusty was much the busier keeper in the last half hour.
Either side of a great Tighe chance, Lusty made two fine saves to keep the score level.
With the match entering the dying minutes, extra-time looked certain, but Giles’ superb 30-yard left foot dipping shot into the far corner broke the Moles resistance.
The Moles did create one great chance to equalise, when Jordan Rowland ran to the edge of the box and slipped the ball inside to Butler, who turned and shot at Pearce, when the return pass to Rowland may have set him free.
A great season for Binfield ends with a cup runners-up medal and third place in the Southern Division for Sandy Morrison’s side.
But with the majority of the side progressing to senior football next season, and with some already making their mark in the Binfield reserve and first teams, there is much more to come from many of these players.
Binfield: Lusty, Edwards, Rowland, Williams (Hayward 46), Bell-Ross, Wood, Butler, Allen, Tighe (Langedijk 80), Bowerman, Wiggins (Batcheldore 86). Subs not used; Howell, Clark.