Leyland BTR 2
Hurst Green Youth 10
Skipper George Young scored four goals as Hurst Green Youth eased through to the second round of the Lancashire Syndicate Youth Trophy.
The Green started brightly and took the lead after two minutes as Ollie Shipston ran on to a superb pass from Ben Aspery before calmly slotting the ball beyond the advancing keeper.
The Green were in the ascendancy and were unlucky not to make it two in the opening five minutes when a superb inswinging corner from Shipston resulted in a Young header being cleared off the line. However, against the run of play, Leyland equalised after 10 minutes with a superbly executed 25 yard free kick following a defensive lapse.
Undeterred the Green fought back and within five minutes had regained the lead as Tyler Baron rose magnificently to head home another Shipston corner. Within another couple of minutes a third duly arrived following a superb team move involving the tenacious Will Reed, whose precise through ball was audaciously dummied by Aspery for the marauding Harri Yerkess to run on to and Yerkess showed great composure before striking a sweet left foot shot past the keeper from 12 yards. The remainder of the first half belonged to the Green and the nearest they came to a fourth was when a thunderous 30 yard left foot strike from Aspery smashed against the Leyland bar.
On the stroke of half time Leyland were awarded a dubious penalty when the excellent Rob Atkinson was harshly adjudged to have committed a foul. However, keeper Ben Armer flung himself to his right, producing a memorable one handed save to ensure the Green went into the break with a deserved two goal advantage.
The Green started the second half slowly and were punished within two minutes of the re-start following another defensive error. However, Green’s response to this temporary setback was superb and Captain Young was coolness personified as he steered home a penalty, awarded following a foul on Yerkess. The Green were now playing with real confidence and the fifth goal duly arrived on 55 minutes as Young rifled home a 30 yard free kick from way out on the left touch line, taking the keeper by surprise with the speed and accuracy of his strike.
The sixth goal can be solely attributed to the excellent work of Dec Barnes, whose superb, mazy dribble was unceremoniously ended by an industrial challenge as he powered towards goal. There was to be no stopping Young from getting a deserved hat trick as he confidently converted from the spot.
Manager Alex Young then made wholesale changes with 25 minutes left on the clock and all credit to the lads who came on as the Green continued to play their fast flowing football, creating havoc in the Leyland defence. The jet-heeled Tom Reede certainly made a big impression as he smashed home the seventh goal and can consider himself a little unfortunate soon afterwards as two sublime finishes were ruled out by very close offside decisions.
The Green’s eighth arrived following fine work by Tom Jacques out on the right wing, Young’s chest control and volley putting the icing on his own personal performance. Baron was re-introduced for the last 10 minutes and his blistering pace and cross panicked one of the Leyland defenders into an own goal. The rout was completed by Reede following excellent work from debutant right back, Matt Farnsworth.
Manager Young was delighted by his team’s performance and in particular the players’ endeavours on what was a poor playing surface. He also reminded the team that the opposition will be a lot tougher this week, when they play Ramsbottom United in the quarter final of the Lancashire FA Trophy.