Two late goals put Aylesbury FC’s youth team through to the final qualifying round of this year’s FA Youth Cup with victory over local rivals Marlow.
The club will play away to either Lancing or Horley, writes Mark Tomlin.
With the game somehow heading towards extra time goal less, in the 87th minute a through ball to 15 year old James Hogg ended with him slotting past the advancing Marlow keeper to send the Aylesbury team into wild celebrations. Hoping these celebrations not to be premature, Aylesbury saw out the remainder of the match and even had time to increase their lead when Ken Feyi calmly slotted home a penalty on 90 minutes, given for a pull on an Aylesbury player.
With six minutes of injury time played the referee called an end to proceedings in a match where instead of it nearly ending goalless, the spectators could have been treated to a goal fest of scores resembling 6-4 3-5 4-3 as both teams missed lots of chances and both keepers made great saves.
It was a match neither team deserved to lose and the result could have gone either way, Marlow probably shading the first half and Aylesbury finishing the game slightly stronger, which was a credit to the young team as there were three 15-year-olds representing the club.
Of the three 15-year-old’s the club had Teddy Ashley in goal, who pulled off three marvellous saves, Haydon Clack making his debut, who put in a near faultless performance and James Hogg scoring and setting up the victory.
There were good performances throughout the team with the central defensive partnership of Robert Tomlin and Dan Higby working well and developing a good understanding, the midfield worked tirelessly as did the forward pairing of Ken Feyi and Jacob Lowe whose work rate was outstanding.