St Neots Town U18 3:2 Ely City U18
Match
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St Neots Town U18 3 : 2
Ely City U18
Monday 24 April, 2017 19:45

THURLOW NUNN CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       3       ELY CITY U18       2

St Neots displayed their true championship credentials as they overturned a two goals deficit to snatch the most dramatic victory by the odd goal in five with a goal two minutes into added time.   The result rounded off an outstanding season for the side that had won both League and County Cup and preserved an unbeaten home record with eight wins and a draw in their nine matches.   Ely City arrived at the Premier Plus Stadium needing three points from their last two games to finish as runners-up in the league and they looked well on the way to achieving that objective when they led 2-0 after just 39 minutes.   Skilful use of their substitutes and a steely determination saw St Neots recover to record a victory that will put them in good heart for their ‘Champions League’ play off next week with St Ives Town who are champions of the Western Division of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League.

Ely began in fine fettle and dominated much of the first 45 minutes with the home side looking unbalanced and ragged and rarely threatening the visiting goal.   From an early corner for the visitors Sean Calvey wasted a good chance heading over the bar and Dan Maund had a net-bound shot blocked.  Ely took the lead after20 minutes from a Charlie Tunnell free kick firmly headed past Evan Jeckells by visiting skipper Joe Brannon.  The visitors continued to dominate and six minutes before the break they doubled their lead with Ronan Kerr left unmarked at the far post taking full advantage.   St Neots’ best effort to that point had been an off-target effort by Ben Southwood but a minute before half time a corner was not cleared and Shae Humphrey forced the ball home in a goalmouth scramble.

St Neots had to improve and compete better in the second half and the transformation came as four substitutes were introduced after the break.   Ely still created openings with Tom Thurlborn firing wide and Maund putting a free shot over the bar.  Gradually St Neots began to compete and skipper Erhan Nurettin shot wide when well placed.   The real turning point came when a 30 yards’ effort by Alfie Donkin was brilliantly tipped onto a post by visiting keeper Jake Alsop but this just boosted St Neots confidence and a Zac Rudman header from a corner just passed the wrong side of a post.   Substitute Kieran Waites saw a shot deflected just wide but St Neots persistence paid off with six minutes to go when Shae Humphrey levelled the scores with his second goal of the match from a Waites corner.   The winner came two minutes into added time when Waites took full advantage of an Ely defensive error to win the match.

St Neots:  Jeckells, Chambers, Piesse, Donkin, Rudman, Riley, Humphrey, Nurettin, Southwood, Gooderham, Holman

Subs used:  Taylor (L), Clarke (H), Beavis, Waites and Fulianty

 

Goals:  Humphrey 2 (44 and 84 mins), Waites (90 +2)                                                                 (John Walker)