Tuesday, 21 August 2018
HENLEY Lions U11s progressed to the semi-finals of the Junior Premier League Cup after running out 2-0 winners away to Peterborough Regional Talent Centre last weekend.
With most grass pitch fixtures being postponed due to the cold weather, this quarter-final was able to go ahead on Peterborough’s 4G pitch.
The Lions looked dangerous with Rocky Williams, Jake Coombes and Lochie Christopherson in the centre at the heart of the attacks.
Willams went close in the first half for the Lions with a strike on the bounce from way out going just over the top corner. The hosts also had some good chances but with Steen Alden they were kept at bay as the half remained goalless.
The second half started in the same vein with little to choose between the sides with Alden again keeping out attacks and Gabriel Malsden and Leo Gierczyk with some vital challenges and clearances off the line.
Connor Jackson saw his shot hit the Peterborough crossbar from distance and as the game looked like drifting into extra time the Lions took the lead. Rocky Williams put the Lions ahead with with an opportunist toe poke breaking the deadlock with six minutes to play remaining.
The hosts tried to hit back quickly but this opened gaps which were exploited again as Williams took a good first touch over his shoulder and struck the ball on the spin to the opposite corner to double the lead and send his side into the last four.
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