Chipping’s youngsters bow out with heads held high

Chipping's Under-18s bowed out of the Syndicate Trophy at the semi-final stage
Chipping's Under-18s bowed out of the Syndicate Trophy at the semi-final stage
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Chipping FC’s Under-18s’ Syndicate Trophy run came to an end at the weekend with a 3-1, semi-final defeat after extra-time against Southport on Sunday.

Southport started the game strongly and took the lead inside five minutes, their striker finishing brilliantly into the top corner.

The Greens grew into the game after the initial setback and played some neat football on a good surface.

Holt’s men peppered the Southport goal, Quigley going closest with a superb free-kick from distance which bounced off the woodwork and out to safety.

The pressure finally paid off as Quigley headed home the equaliser from a May corner shortly before the break.

In what was a tight second half, Southport had the better of the chances but Potter in the Chipping goal was in fine form and stood firm with a string of impressive saves

Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to separate the two sides, and the tie went to extra time.

Southport found an extra gear after the restart and went ahead, seizing on a stray back pass and finishing neatly to take the lead.

With just five minutes of extra time remaining, and Chipping piling on the pressure, Southport countered well and made it 3-1 with another excellent strike which put an end to the tie and Chipping’s cup exploits.

A team spokesman said: “The team and management have done themselves and the club proud reaching this stage of the cup, among semi-professional academies at an excellent standard of football.”