By Liam Moakes 29/02 Updated: 29/02 10:20
EVESHAM UNITED ROBINS U11s travelled to Droitwich as underdogs after a heavy defeat to Westbury Celtic Youth earlier in the season but this time rose to the occasion to clinch a dramatic victory on penalties in the semi-final of the Philip Jeynes Memorial Cup.
Midway through the first half the Robins took the lead when Alfie Leeson finished emphatically after an excellent through ball from Josh Kietley.
For the remainder of the match both teams had good chances to score, but fortunately Joe Golding, Rowan Noble and Cameron Rees did well to soak up the pressure for Evesham until midway through the second half when some good play by Westbury resulted in an equaliser.
Evesham continued to perform well and match Westbury until the end of normal time and then into extra time.
However, the match reached the dreaded penalties and Evesham coaches Dave Cole and Pete Tolkien realised once again their team were left with a difficult task considering the size of Westbury's keeper.
Fortunately he was no match to the outstanding finishing ability of Zac Richards, Morgan Thompson, Kietley and Rowan Noble, whilst Westbury's penalty-takers struggled to find a way past Josh Cheetham in goal as the Robins prevailed 4-2 on spot kicks to book a deserved place in the final.
EVESHAM UNITED U15s powered to a 9-2 home win over Swindon Village Bowmen on Sunday which leaves them just one point away from securing the Cheltenham Youth League Division Two title.
The hosts took an early lead when Ryan Dixon was fouled in the box and the resultant penalty was saved by the goalkeeper, only for Joe Millar to score from the rebound.
Three minutes later Charlie Green's through ball found its way to Ben Townsend who scored effortlessly before two more goals arrived in as many minutes as Townsend was set up by Ollie Burman and Millar then headed home from Townsend's cross.
However, Swindon village got back into the game when the home side went to sleep as first poor defending led to a long range shot creeping over the line, before a shot went in at the near post.
This stung the hosts back into life and Dixon scored from an acute angle after being set up by Millar to give Evesham a 5-2 interval lead.
The hosts ran away with it in the second half as Max Andrews scored early on, a Dixon cross was tapped in by Millar, Dixon's long range shot went straight in from a tight angle and Dixon set up Jamie Culls who scored with a fierce drive.
The only negative was the sending off of Townsend for two bookable offences.
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