Soham Through To Semi-Finals After Derby Drama
SOHAM Town Rangers U18s booked their place in the semi-final of the Munns Youth Cup with a last gasp 1-0 win over rivals Ely City. A Scott Lightfoot strike five minutes from the end handed a dramatic victory to the Greens following a gruelling encounter
SOHAM Town Rangers U18s booked their place in the semi-final of the Munns Youth Cup with a last gasp 1-0 win over rivals Ely City.
A Scott Lightfoot strike five minutes from the end handed a dramatic victory to the Greens following a gruelling encounter with a determined Ely side.
Boss Gavin Stevenson, said: "With five minutes left we were looking down the barrel of another dose of extra-time but credit to the boys, they won through in the end.
"I think we had the better of the play throughout but Ely defended really well on the night, so it was pleasing to get the win."
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By and large Soham had the better of the play in the first-half but they were held at bay by Ely 'keeper Rob Wilson, who made several tremendous saves to frustrate the Greens.
Rangers' best chance of the half came via Sam Riches who, having been sent clear by Dan Sterna, lashed his shot over the bar when the goal beckoned.
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Eager to convert possession into chances in the second-half, boss Stevenson switched to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation, with Kieran Wingfield brought on to add some attacking pace.
Despite the fresh legs Soham continued to find no joy against the resilient Wilson who did well to deny both Wingfield and Sheridan Stevens in the half.
With the game looking destined for extra-time Lightfoot pounced on a half-cleared corner from Ely and poked home from eight yards to win the tie.
Ely nearly grabbed an equaliser in the final minute when Rangers 'keeper Jaimie Chamberlain failed to clear a loose ball but Ely's Sam Ashman send his shot inches past the post.
The win for Soham sets up a semi final showdown with Fenland rivals Wisbech Town on March 11th.